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15 April 2014 — British interior fitout company SAS International has bought out Sydney-based ceiling distributor Mikor in a move designed to gain more market share for SAS’s metal ceiling systems. Mikor, a Green Building Council of Australia member, was a supplier of SAS International’s metal ceilings, as well the German AMF mineral fibre ceiling tiles and the Danish Rockfon Rockwool ceiling products. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 9 April 2014 — Investment manager and super fund Australian Ethical has downgraded Australian renewables due to government policy uncertainty that has forced some companies in the sector to turn to fossil fuels. However, Asia is now looking like a hot destination instead. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 9 April 2014 – GHD announced its acquisition of Woodhead a day after ASIC appointed administrators for the award-winning international architecture practice, The Fifth Estate has discovered. Sydney Firm HLB Mann Judd was appointed as the administrators for Woodhead on 2 April, with the first creditor meeting set for 14 April in Sydney. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 3 April 2014 – Updated: Monash University has denied a decision has been made on whether it will reveal its climate investment risk after leaked correspondence showed it had been advised to ignore a request from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, and that most other Australian universities were following suit. Read More  
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2 April 2014 — Multinational design and engineering consultancy Hyder Consulting has acquired Brisbane-based Flinders Group, a planning, environment and project management services firm. Flinders has 70 staff, and specialises in services through the infrastructure lifecycle from initiation to planning and delivery, working across the energy, environment, mining, property, transport, power transmission and water sectors. “We are thrilled to welcome Flinders Group to the Hyder team,” said Greg... 
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  By Willow Aliento 2 April 2014 – Managing director of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund Rowan Foley says the fund has attracted support from major corporates such as  NAB, Westpac and CommBank, which seconded CommSec stockbroker Allister Logan to work in the funds business development area. The fund, which is also working with Monash University, CSIRO and the Fair Carbon project, in January held a Fair Carbon workshop in Melbourne, opened by Professor Tim Flannery, with speakers including Westpac’s... 
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By Cameron Jewell 1 April 2014 — An update to the Australian Securities Exchange’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations means companies must now disclose environmental, economic and social sustainability risks, or explain why they have not. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 1 April 2014 — The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has announced $100 million of debt finance for extensive commercial property retrofits, some good news after last week’s slap in the face to the industry from the Victorian Government. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 27 March 2014 — Publicly listed European company Photon Energy has opened up an Australian office in Bondi, NSW, bringing with it a no-capital model for commercial solar installations. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 25 March 2014 – The notion of stranded assets is gaining ground as companies such as ExxonMobil last week said it would report on its “Carbon Asset Risk” to assess its financial risks from climate change that could lower valuation of its oil reserves. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 19 March 2014 — ASX-listed energy management firm Energy Action has purchased Dr Paul Bannister’s energy efficiency consultancy Exergy for $4 million, with the merger giving EA Read More  
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19 March 2014 – Stockland announced on Wednesday morning it has acquired a strategic stake in Australand. A media statement from Stockland said it had obtained a 19.9 per cent (115,166,597 securities) strategic stake in Australand at an average price of $3.78. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 10 March 2014 — Australian company Aquacell, which supplied a blackwater recycling system to Sydney’s 1 Bligh Street, is finding a market niche in the  United States and Dubai. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 6 March 2014 — While some high profile Australian manufacturers flounder or fail, The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has helped boost competitiveness of others – a profit to the taxpayer of $2.40 a tonne,  chief executive Oliver Yates said on Thursday. Read More  
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5 March 2014 — With debate raging on how to protect against more manufacturing closes, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, in its first public investment move since the federal election, has stepped in to announce it will finance new biogas infrastructure designed to cut energy costs for agribusinesses and manufacturers. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 20 February 2014 — Brisbane-based energy efficiency company VAE Group has acquired Rise Technology, a move both companies say will strengthen their position. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 30 January 2014 – The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board in the US came out of Harvard and the Kennedy School of Government and is backed by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Rockefeller Foundation. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has published a guide on environmental accounting. And in Denmark companies are required to report on corporate social responsibility, or explain why not. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 23 January 2014 — Westpac has been named the most sustainable company in the world in the 2014 Global 100 Index, a ranking of the top sustainable companies announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Concerns have been raised, however, that the organisation continues to lend to coal and gas projects. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 15 January 2014 – What’s the mood for 2014? Very good indeed if you ask the property industry. The Property Council/ANZ Property Industry Confidence Index to March 2014 says the love affair with the resources sector is all but over and for the Australian economy it’s back on with its one true favourite, property. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 12 December 2013 — Green MashUP: Will your super fund leave you burning? Will your returns wipe out your investment like a home washed away in a super storm? How vulnerable are your retirement plans to climate change? Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 12 December 2013 — The investment industry is capable of leading the transition to a low carbon world, but the majority of the world’s players are acting contrary to the interests of those whose money they represent Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 10 December 2013: Green MashUp: Green bonds have been around since 2008 when they started being issued by the World Bank. The bonds carry exactly the same credit profile, Read More  
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By John Mathews, Macquarie Graduate School of Management 4 December 2013 — From The Conversation: This week, the Australian Senate is considering the government’s package of “carbon tax” abolition bills – bills abolishing the carbon tax, the Climate Change Authority (CCA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). Read More  
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By  Leon Gettler 26 October 2013 — Just recently 70 global investors with collective assets totalling $3 trillion sent a powerful message to the  world’s 45 largest oil, coal and power companies – including Exxon, BP and Arch Coal. The question?  What’s the financial risks that climate change and these other trends pose to your business plans? More people are starting to embrace green and sustainable investment. The finance sector is absolutely critical here. For years, the financial... 
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By Tina Perinotto 21 November 2013 — Environmental Upgrade Agreements are picking up momentum. Perth has appointed Sam Hall (pictured) to investigate a retrofit scheme that include EUAs. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 20 November 2013 — There were three standout message from Sunday’s climate change rallies across Australia. One was that 60,000 people turned up in 130 locations – 30,000 in Melbourne and 10,000 in Sydney despite drenching rain. That’s message enough for the green political agenda. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 20 November 2013 — The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has released its submission to the Federal Government regarding the design for an Emissions Reduction Fund as part of the Direct Action policy. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 18 November 2013 — The Abbott Government is committed to repealing the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, but a quick look at the CEFC’s 2012-13 annual report raises the question: why? Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 18 November 2013 — Energy and water efficiency services company Ecosave listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in January this year at $1. The price today is hovering around $1.60. According to chief operating officer Robin Archibald Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 14 November 2013 – So who believes in Direct Action then? Well there’s a lot of people trying hard and working double time to make their submissions to the public consultation process before it closes on 18 November. Read More  
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