Business & Politics

Brisbane’s CitySmart is scaling up

According to CitySmart chief executive Neil Horrocks gamification is the way to go if you want to change behaviour patterns and break bad habits.

WA bans plastic bags, as all eyes turn to NSW

The Western Australian government has confirmed it will ban plastic bags from 1 July 2018, bringing it into line with commitments from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

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WA budget sees no climate or energy action

Strong public transport commitments have been announced in the McGowan Government’s first budget for Western Australia. But in a tough environment where a surplus won’t be seen until 2020-21, climate change has been all but forgotten.

New Zealand going big on green bonds

New Zealand energy gentailer Contact Energy recently launched the first Climate Bond- certified Green Borrowing Program in NZ in a move that promises to kick start a new arm to…

Macquarie finalises UK green bank purchase

Australian-owned Macquarie Group has completed the acquisition of the UK Green Investment Bank from the British Government for a price of £2.3 billion (AU$3.7b). However, despite the company’s pledge to…

CEFC backs Wattwatchers’ energy-bill-cutting innovation

Clean tech start-up Wattwatchers is gearing up for expansion, with the successful conclusion of a $4 million Series A capital raising, which saw the Clean Energy Finance Corporation put in $2 million through its Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

How one company is managing the energy price explosion

We’ve heard unfortunate stories of companies exposed to energy prices up to four times what they’ve been used to paying. For some businesses, these sorts of price increases in gas and electricity may prove fatal.