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By Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — After Environment Minister Greg Hunt told last week’s Built Environment Meets Parliament Conference the Clean Energy Finance Corporation could have “a considerable future”, the organisation has backed it up, today (Tuesday) announcing $80 million in funding for a $500 million-plus Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has announced $120 million in finance for three solar leasing and power purchase agreement programs to be run by Tindo, SunEdison and Kudos Energy, which will target residential, small business, and commercial and strata-titled properties. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 17 July 2014 — Chief executive of the Forest Products Association, Ross Hampton, on Thursday morning rode a timber bicycle to the doorstep of Parliament House to hand-deliver a letter from peak state forest industries to protest the shedding of forest science jobs in CSIRO and to make a direct plea to the Palmer United Party to intervene. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 1 July 2014 — Behind one of the most stunning profits in property investment in recent years – $10 million in only six months – is the story of a cool analytical lens applied to the search for investments with positive social and environmental impacts. Even more impressive than the profit is that the buyer, Australian Unity Diversified Property Fund, is delighted with its purchase, having scoured the market for a year to find such a high quality building that meets its sustainability... 
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By Cameron Jewell 1 July 2014 — Impact Investment Group is set to sell Melbourne’s EPA building at 200 Victoria Street, Carlton for $42.3 million, in an off-market transaction that will yield a massive profit of almost $10 million on the purchase price struck in December last year when the building was only partly leased. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 11 June 2014 — Bill Papas, chief executive of information and technology company Forum Group, is on a major growth path, with sustainability a new core focus. Partly this is about a personal passion for Papas to work with small and medium businesses who “really invest in their business” Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 5 June 2014 — The booming Sydney residential market, especially in apartment dwellings, has led to a boom in business for sustainability consultants and energy assessors Efficient Living. “Approvals for multi-residential development applications are up 40 per cent compared to this time last year and our business is probably doing 60 per cent more work than we were last year,” company founder and managing director, Tracey Cools said. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 5 June 2014 – The recent merger between global engineering firm WSP and Melbourne-based structural engineering specialist WINWARD Group, which incorporates WINWARD Structures and WINWARD Civil  is designed to capitalise on the move towards taller buildings in major cities both in Australia and globally. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 3 June 2014 — The Federal Government’s Future Fund, which manages commonwealth funds saved towards Australian Public Service Superannuation, has appointed global sustainability heavyweight Joel Posters as its new head of environmental, social and governance risk management. Currently based in The Netherlands, Posters is the managing director of Sustainable Impact, a consulting firm that advises on corporate sustainability, sustainable business, responsible investing, community... 
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By Tina Perinotto 28 May 2014 – Stockland today (Wednesday) launched a bid for full control of Australand with a $2.4 billion “final and non-binding bid” for remaining shares, after its 19.9 per cent stake acquired in March. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 27 May 2014 – The possible $1.1 billion takeover of standards publisher and certifier SAI Global by private equity investment fund Pacific Equity Partners flagged over recent days has raised fears Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 27 May 2014 — According to Morgan Stanley, the fossil fuel divestment campaign is the big trend to watch in 2014. “Not since the apartheid era in South Africa have college campuses in the US and elsewhere teemed with the call for divestment. For this generation of students, the moral imperative today is to stop all fossil fuel extraction. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 8 May 2014 — Stanford University has announced it will no longer invest in coal, banning direct investment in around 100 publicly traded companies, and divesting current holdings worth around $18.7 billion. Read More  
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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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