Entitlements to, and consolidation of, rights to bulk water and buy back of entitlements remain the subject of debate. Whilst the pace of legislative reform has slowed, there remains a need to effect policy, and legislative, drivers to restore and to sustain the health of the country’s water systems.
The industry continues to grapple with the need to engage with the public on the recycling/treatment of waste water. Whilst the heavy rainfall on the east coast of Australia has lessened the immediate need for engagement, ultimately waste water recycling and treatment offers a scalable alternative to desalination plants as over time the industry moves to a restorative and sustainable model.
As the Australian population grows, so does the need for new and expanded reticulation systems and scalable and sustainable development of raw water collection and treatment systems. The dynamism of the industry underlines the need for commercial and legal expertise that is current, and that combines industry experience with technical, commercial and legal expertise, to deal with current challenges and embrace opportunities.
Pressure to reduce the levels of municipal solid waste going to landfill is increasing in the Australian market. As waste processing and energy from waste (EfW) technologies continue to develop, their costs are becoming increasingly competitive with landfill, in particular as state governments increase waste levies and airspace at landfill becomes scarce as development approvals for new and expanded landfills become more scarce. In addition to the revenue stream from processing waste, biogas produced by waste processing facilities is capable of use to fire EfW facilities to allow renewable energy to be off taken and, in some cases, as gas capable of off-take by gas distributors into their networks.
Our team of domestically and internationally recognised practitioners provides cutting edge advice to the industry, with particular expertise in waste processing and EfW. We have a deep understanding of the risks (commercial, legal and technical) and have multiple solutions to address them.