How robust are Woolworths Group’s climate commitments?

As one of the most recognisable brands in Australia, Woolworths Group has set itself an ambitious goal: 100 per cent green energy by 2025 and net positive emissions by at least 2050. But as the country’s sixth largest electricity user, with almost 3300 stores that need to be kept cold, large-scale refrigeration units lining the walls […]

Mike Cannon-Brookes & Co back Climate Change Bill legislating net zero target re-introduced to parliament this week

A bill that would legislate a net zero emissions target for Australia by 2050 was re-introduced to parliament on Monday with the backing of more than 100 organisations,  including Unilever, Atlassian and the Clean Energy Council – and the support of over 92,240 signatures.  First announced in February, independent MP Zali Steggall’s Climate Change Bill […]

We need slower thinking on climate change?

It’s called co-design in the academic world – where you build the research with community partners. And we know that it’s the most powerful form of creating a pathway to new knowledge. “You go slower, but you produce new ideas.” Australia has been in panic mode on climate for a decade, and has gone backwards, […]

South Korea goes green because it’s good for the economy. And Australia?

South Korea, one of the world’s largest per capita emitters of carbon emissions, has embarked on a green recovery to kickstart its economy. It’s the same approach taken by a growing chorus of global leaders. Korea has recognised climate change and that its effects are accelerating, with climate related disasters piling up. Just this month, […]

Beware the booming industrial sector and its poor carbon profile

The booming industrial sector is going great guns under Covid with people shopping more online and forcing up demand for more logistics space, but will the low carbon profile of many of these buildings as flagged by the Green Building councils of Australia and New Zealand potentially lead to unintended consequences. As the need for […]

So now it’s a myth that plastics are filling our ocean? Say what?

Australian Council of Recycling has placed the blame for excess packaging on consumers and says plastic pollution in the ocean is “a myth with no scientific basis” and that the “proportion of plastics in the environment is less than one per cent of all the plastic that is generated and used by us as humans on an annual basis”.  But this is not what the science says, nor the analysis.

Jeremy McLeod from Breathe Architecture and Nightingale Housing says we should all be carbon neutral now

Jeremy McLeod was a key signatory to the influential Architects Declare movement. He says sustainability might be seen as complex by some people but there are simple ways “that everyone could win”. Partnered content for Beyond Zero Emissions At the beginning of this year, Australia’s leading architects called on the wider industry to make a […]

Cbus Property aims for the top with its latest sustainability report

Cbus Property this week released its sustainability report outlining significant in-roads over the past 12 months and targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Since updating its commitment to sustainability in 2018, the company has achieved the highest-rated National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy portfolio in Australia. The Global Real Estate Sustainability […]

Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme comes under fire

Investigations into Queensland’s Container Recycling Scheme have revealed “serious inadequacies” and a lack of transparency at the hands of the beverage industry. Last week, Total Environment Centre released a report with information from its own investigations, public data and the Queensland Productivity Commission highlighting two main issues, and calling for greater transparency and reporting, an […]

Green Wallet: A simple star rating to prove your spending is green

Everything we buy has a price tag on the environment. From your morning coffee to the new shoes bought for work, everything we purchase has a carbon footprint. For Tom Ferrier, founder of Green Wallet, a new way to make sustainable purchases, consumerism is at the root of climate change. In 2018, the United Nations […]

McKinsey and Company joins calls for green recovery

Recent research by management consulting firm McKinsey and Company has highlighted the emergence from the Covid-19 shutdown as a pivotal moment in the climate emergency. The team says the post-pandemic recovery is a “decisive” period that will either spur millions of jobs in the sustainability sector, cutting emissions, or generate significant consequences for the environment. […]

Government’s HomeBuilder handout doesn’t come cheap

Multiple rooms in the average Australian home would have to be significantly renovated to access the government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant, a program aimed at keeping the construction industry afloat as Australia heads into its first recession in almost three decades.