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 […]
An electricity deal struck for both the good of the planet and thousands of residential tenants has been labelled a win-win by academics.
Major banks, insurers and super funds have come together in an unprecedented coalition, releasing an ambitious plan that could see the fossil fuel industry struggle to attract future capital.
The Oceania region topped the GRESB 2020 Real Estate Results this week, as participation in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark leapt 22 per cent.
Last week, ISPT unveiled it has achieved carbon neutrality and has plans to embark on a company-wide rooftop solar rollout under ambitious goals to become a net positive producer of carbon offsets by 2025.
A new hotel sitting atop six storeys of commercial office space in Melbourne’s CBD may not look that different from the neighbouring glass-encased development, but is in fact hailed one of the largest timber projects in the world.
Environmental groups have raised concerns over national policy documents they claim protect plans to reprocess plastic waste for use as toxic fuel in Australia and overseas.
This week the Victorian Government unveiled a “big housing build” plan set to “transform the social housing system”, finally heeding calls from the housing sector to address the sharp rise in cost of living pressures and energy affordability.
A long-overdue investment to raise the energy efficiency of homes in Victoria has denoted the state a “clear leader” in climate solutions, but a climate change think tank has called on the government to aim even higher – for net-zero all-electric homes.
City of Sydney councillors have been locked in an increasingly tense political stalemate over a “scrappy” community garden in the city’s inner west as the matter boils down to green space versus affordable housing.
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 […]
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, 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, […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
This month, New Zealand’s Auckland Council adopted a unique plan for tackling climate change centred on cutting transport emissions, retrofitting buildings and transitioning to a clean energy system.
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 […]
A corridor of park land cutting through Western Sydney’s dense and busy suburbs is set to be developed into a thriving urban farm, bolstering the city’s food bowl that is at risk of disappearing.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
An inner-city suburb on the Brisbane River could be home to the “greenest residential building in the world” with ambitious plans currently under review by the city’s council.
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.