NEWS IN BRIEF: The Victorian government released its circular economy strategy this week, which included a new purple bin for glass waste because it’s a big contaminant in recycling streams. There’s also a container deposit scheme and plans to invest $100 million in research that will help expand the local processing and manufacturing industry and create more products. The government […]
IN BRIEF: A key bushfire standard will be available for free until 30 June 2021. Free access to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas will be funded by Standards Australia and the Commonwealth government as part of a broader bushfire response. Standards Australia is working with its distributors on making the access available, […]
IN BRIEF: The Victorian government introduced a bill to parliament on Tuesday to override national energy supply rules in a bid to accelerate priority projects like grid-scale batteries and transmission upgrades. The amendments will allow the state to unlock renewable projects and improve the reliability of Victoria’s energy supply, according to the state government.
IN BRIEF: In the wake of the bushfires, the Nature Conservation Council is calling for a short-term moratorium on native forest logging and a timeline for transitioning the industry to source 100 per cent of its timber from sustainable plantations as part of a government-funded recovery package for the logging industry. The group fully support […]
IN BREIF: Some rental homes are little better than tents and now a collection of community, business, research and environment groups have penned an open letter to call for the NSW government to set strong minimum standards for rental homes. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate that renters are three times more likely […]
IN BREIF: Although emissions are tracking downwards in the electricity sector, new research from RepuTex shows that emissions from Australia’s largest industrial facilities have surged to 60 per cent above 2005 levels. Although these companies account for a whopping 60 per cent of Australia’s emissions, RepuTex executive director Hugh Grossman said the industrial sector has “been […]
IN BRIEF: The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils has secured a grant to continue its urban heat mitigation work. The $90,000 in funding through Increasing Resilience to Climate Change fund (assisted by the NSW government and supported by Local Government NSW) will go towards ongoing work that will allow councils to insert urban heat […]
IN BRIEF: Because Recommendation 7.4 of the new ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Principles encourages entities, for the first time, to consider and report upon any material exposure to climate change risk, the Governance Institute of Australia has released a practical guide to managing climate risk. The Climate Change Risk Disclosure guide will help companies to identify and disclose […]
IN BRIEF: Solaire Properties is close to completing a subtropical passive house, with a “first of its kind” design in Australia. The Brisbane-based property development company engaged Joe Adsett Architects to design the 380 metre square home in Auchenflower, Brisbane. A passive certified home maintains a comfortable 23 degree Celsius temperature and clean air within […]
IN BRIEF: ARENA is backing a “world-first” energy contract and data marketplace that will allow clean energy projects, large energy users and wholesale energy market participant access to innovative technology specific contracts. The Renewable Energy Hub will allow contracts to be traded that reflect the “profile” of renewable generation, filling a gap in risk solutions […]
IN BRIEF: Frasers Property Industrial and Winten Property Group say their new Community Business District near the new metro station at Macquarie Park in Sydney’s north west will become a “viable alternative to city locations, with seamless connections” to other areas and a well being and sustainability focus. The $750 million project Macquarie Exchange will […]
IN BRIEF: The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has today announced
$630,000 for the Sustainable Australia Fund (SAF) to expand its fixed-rate, long-term
loans for environmental upgrades to NSW and SA.
More than 80 organisations from Australia’s community, housing and corporate sectors have signed an open letter to the prime minister Scott Morrison demanding greater investment in social housing.
Townsville shopping centre to get one of the country’s largest car park solar arrays.
BRIEF: Climate physical risk analysis company XDI and global energy and finance risk consultancy firm Baringa Partners have announced they will be collaborating to provide a complete solution for climate change scenario development and portfolio impact assessment. The alliance, announced yesterday during Climate Week in New York, will combine Baringa’s expertise in energy transition and […]
BRIEF: Dexus has achieved an average 5 star Green Star Performance rating across its group office portfolio. It’s also got an overall Green Star Performance portfolio rating of 4 star across 76 office and retail properties. The Green Star achievements follow the property company’s recent acknowledgement in the latest Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark and […]
BRIEF: The planning code designed to address Sydney’s “missing middle” problem – the medium density housing code – has been delayed after an independent review commissioned by the NSW government, according to the SMH. Designed to make it easier to develop terraces and other medium density housing, the code’s impact since it was introduced mid […]
BRIEF: The ABC is seeking homeowners willing to share their heritage restoration or historic preservation journey on its popular Restoration Australia television program. Participants will receive advice from the broadcaster’s team of experts as their restoration is documented and the work of everyone involved will be showcased – “from the architect and the builders, […]
Brief: The Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) has released its 20th yearly measurement of global corporate ESG practices. It added 35 new organisations to its ranks, the three largest by free-float market capitalisation were Alphabet Inc, CVS Health Corp and Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC. The three largest deletions from the DJSI were Citigroup Inc, Royal […]
BRIEF: South Australia wants to make the most of its sunny and windy weather by pursuing a 100 per cent renewable hydrogen economy. The government released the new hydrogen action plan on Tuesday at a conference in Adelaide. The state already relies on 50 per cent renewables and is well placed to become a green […]
BRIEF: The increase in natural disasters in Australia is putting a strain on borrowers’ incomes and their ability to make mortgage repayments, according to Moody’s.
Brief: Sustainable packaging company Sendle and ethical marketing firm Republic of Everyone have teamed up in a cheeky campaign challenging Australia Post to go carbon neutral.
Brief: Decarbonising Australia’s electricity sector alone won’t offset the country’s rising emissions, according to new insights released by Energetics.
BRIEF: Energy trading company Power Ledger is launching a trial of its energy trading platform in regional Western Australia. It will trial peer to peer energy trading at 10 commercial sites across the Shires of Wongan-Ballidu and Moora. Participants will include shire offices, CRC/Visitor Centre, a swimming pool, medical centre, sports centre, local farmer, mulch company, bakery […]
BRIEF: There’s calls for new demand response laws to be fast tracked and extended, with major users, power aggregators and consumer groups submitting a joint letter to the Australian Energy Market Commission to bring the proposed market reforms forward. The letter calls for the proposed rule changes, which will allow large consumers of power to […]
The majority of Australian retail investors would be willing to see lower returns if the companies they invested in always behaved ethically, a recent report has found.
Almost three quarters of Queenslanders agree coal-fired power stations should be phased out either as soon as possible or gradually, according to the Australia Institute’s 2019 Climate of the Nation report.
BRIEF: Clean tech start-up Wattwatchers has inked a deal with hardware manufacturer Fusion HVAC to provide smarter, more energy efficient airconditioning for sport centres and other large volume spaces. The Australian company’s clamp-on devices that show where and when energy is being consumed in real time will be built into the airconditioning units to make them […]
AGL Macquarie Pty Limited has been fined $15,000 by the NSW Environment Protection Authority after self-reporting a water polluting incident that occurred at its Bayswater Power Station near Muswellbrook NSW in February 2019.
Experts predict concrete could be the answer to creating safe spaces for humans to live and work on the moon and on Mars. This is not a joke.