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EDITOR There will be lovers and haters of our new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull; however, I believe it is a positive shift. Climate change is not a joking matter and hopefully he will be able to elevate the conversation on this important topic within the federal political landscape and the international stage at the climate change talks in Paris later this year. Putting politics aside, it is becoming increasingly important for business and industry to become more efficient and productive — not just from a climate change perspective, but also from an economic perspective. Implementing energy-efficient solutions can not only result in substantial energy savings but, together with clean energy, can also help with the transition to a sustainable economy. New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has calculated that consumer and business uptake of energy-efficient appliances has resulted in energy savings of over $96 million in a one-year period — the equivalent of the annual electricity usage of over 130,000 New Zealand homes. In Australia, the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme has announced targets for the next five years (2016 to 2020) that aim to deliver 30.2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions savings. Clean Energy Finance Corporation CEO Oliver Yates said: “By investing in technologies that cut energy use, businesses can benefit from a range of long-term, flow-on effects such as lower maintenance costs, improved workspace and increased production capacity.” Read the full story on page 6. Also, if you’re in Melbourne, please visit our stand at the Waste Expo 2015 in October — we will be on stand B15 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 7 to 8 October 2015. I hope to see you there!

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