Business & Politics

Turning old mines into renewable energy projects

A feasibility study for a solar pumped hydro energy storage project in Bendigo could help provide an answer to the vexing question: “What do we do with old mines once…

Lucinda Hartley’s CoDesign in big growth burst

Founder of Collingwood’s CoDesign Studio in inner city Melbourne returned to her chief executive role at CoDesign Studio this month after parental leave, but says in many ways she considers…

Why Sydney and Melbourne are big markets for carbon offsets

Carbon emissions reductions and offsetting are starting to gain serious traction in Sydney and Melbourne, according to consultants in the emissions reductions sector. Queensland, meanwhile, is lagging. Iain Smale, managing…

A financial solution to power energy efficiency

Ecosave has doubled in size since November last year, growing staff from 11 to 23. Here founder Marcelo Rouso explains why. Marcelo Rouco reckons he’s been ahead of time for…

Explainer: the rise of social impact investing

Governments, communities and industries are grappling with issues such as climate change, inequality and social justice – and how to mobilise more funding to tackle these issues. One possible solution…

Investors willing to pay premium for green bonds

A $50 million climate bond issued by financial services group FlexiGroup has attracted strong investor participation, even with a yield 0.03 per cent lower than a similar class bond without…