Victoria’s circular economy strategy, the first engineered timber hotel and more

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 […]

Bushfire building standard made accessible at no cost

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, […]

Victorian government wants to override national energy rules

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.

Calls for short moratorium on native forest logging after fires

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 […]

Open letter calling for stronger minimum standards for rental homes

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 […]

Greenhouse gas emissions ballooning in Australia’s industrial sector

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 […]

New grant will allow urban heat mitigation work in Western Sydney to continue

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 […]

Governance Institute of Australia launches new handbook to help companies disclose climate change risks

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 […]

Brisbane gets new subtropical passive house

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 […]

ARENA backs “world-first” energy contract and data marketplace

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 […]

Frasers and Winten at Macquarie Park, Floth “game changer” and confusing Wagners

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 […]

ARENA backs Sustainable Australia Fund with $630,000

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.

XDI and Baringa Partners announce new alliance

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 […]

Dexus office portfolio kicks Green Star goals

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 […]

More delays for NSW’s medium density housing code

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 […]

Seeking homeowners to star on ABC’s Restoration Australia

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, […]

2019 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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 […]

South Australia gunning for a 100 per cent renewable hydrogen economy

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 […]

Sendle’s message to Aussie Post

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.

Power Ledger goes bush

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 […]

Calls to fast track demand response rules to avoid blackouts

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 […]

Surprising findings from Climate of the Nation report

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.

Wattwatchers partners with Fusion HVAC for smarter airconditioning

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 fined for river pollution

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.

Creating concrete on the moon

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.