Major disagreements have broken out in the European Union about how individual countries will achieve net zero carbon, a fight that threatens to block the European Commission’s proposed road map.
According to Brisbane-based architect Russell Hall, governments weaponise developers with the right to inflict buyers with the developer’s whims as conditions of purchase via covenants. He says this can make homes unaffordable and unsustainable.
Prince Charles is backing a new “natural capital” asset class to fast track protection for nature based industries such as fishing agriculture and forestry. In Australia, Martijn Wilder, former chair of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, is adding his weight to the move.
It has been a year scarred by deeply visceral events – record bushfires and a global pandemic, confronting conceptual assaults, the peddling of grand fantasies, dangerous untruths, and toxic politics. How can we all emerge better and stronger from these encounters? The government-sponsored pitch for Mattias Corman to become the next head of the OECD […]
It’s been a relatively busy year for consultancy Point Advisory, with sustainability work and net zero announcements from large corporates coming thick and fast.
Unlike most people relieved that a challenging year is ending, Phil Cowling, chief sustainability officer at Cromwell Property Group Global, finished 2020 on a high.
INDIGENOUS BUSINESS: Access to that all-important early-stage finance could become easier for aspiring Indigenous business owners, with interest in a first-of-its-kind masterclass series for Indigenous entrepreneurs and angel investors vastly exceeding expectations.
It’s action stations in the fight against dangerous climate change and Melbourne-based think tank ClimateWorks Australia is growing its ranks to tackle this increasingly urgent challenge.
Vicinity Centres and Dexus have topped the Carbon Disclosure Project’s global ranking for measuring corporate efforts to mitigate climate change.
It could well be the reform that no-one expected in our consumer obsessed world: the potential for a “right to repair rule” that could end planned obsolescence by many manufacturers and expand freedom of choice for consumers when repair is possible.
The new president of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA), City of Sydney Councillor Linda Scott, has plenty of experience going out to bat for local government as president of the NSW branch of the organisation.
Atlassian co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes wasn’t going to let BP’s Dr Dominic Emery off the hook as the energy giant’s chief of staff described his company’s plans to reduce emissions as “ambitious”.
According to independent MP Zali Steggall a major disruption is on the way; Australia needs a seat at the table and that requires a net zero commitment.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s new 10-point plan for greening the UK is welcomed, but while some call it “game changing”, many argue that the £4 billion (AU$7.26 billion) attached is not nearly enough to meet the needs of the moment.
Several Australian real estate companies have topped the 2020 Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) real estate rankings, which measures and tracks global corporate ESG practices. Dexus managed the highest score for the second year running in the 2020 assessment of any real estate company, scoring 89/100. Stockland came in second at 86/100. The industry […]
Sustainability consultancy thinkstep-anz is doubling down on its expertise in the environmental footprint of buildings and products with two new high-profile recruits.
A Singaporean business offering airconditioning as-a-service has its sights set on Australia, which could bring cheaper, ultra-efficient cooling to Australian buildings. Kaer’s revolutionary airconditioning model borrows from other industries that have “servitised” their offerings, such as Uber (mobility) and Spotify (music), which provide access to products rather than ownership. Rather than a building owner procuring […]
Nancia Guivarra has discovered some great Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses working in sustainability for The Fifth Estate in 2020, as part of our series on this topic. Here she pauses to reflect on NADIOC week and its meaning for all Australians. NAIDOC week is an annual recognition and celebration of the achievements of Aboriginal […]
An Australia that is as ethical as Sweden could see a $45 billion increase in our national GDP. Here’s why.
Is the ESG meme about to self-destruct? Or can objective critiques of companies come to its rescue?
Andrew Pettifer and his wife Tracy Mellorare now back in Sydney after a three months trip to the outback up to the Northern Territory and down to Adelaide picking up a bunch of useful information on the way, such as why towns are built where they are.
Smart building management company Blue IoT is growing fast. According to Blue IoT’s founder and chief innovation officer Bob Sharon the company has grown from four to 10 employees (plus four advisors) since August last year with plans to hire “a bunch more people” and run an internship program. The company also snapped up a 2020 […]
Schneider Electric is on target to meet its goal to source 80 per cent of its electricity via renewable energy sources – reaching 65 per cent as of September 30 as part of its self-imposed sustainability targets. The company has been measuring its environmental and social impact via its internal Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) dashboard […]
FINANCE: Green bonds and other sustainable finance vehicles are still booming amid the pandemic. In fact they’re seen as lower risk than traditional investments. It’s no surprise then that Australian property companies are getting on board. Global green bond issuance passed the $1 trillion-mark last week and Australian property giant Lendlease is not missing out on […]
Take a bow City of Sydney and Melbourne, the ACT, Moreland City Council and the Northern Beaches. Local government councils have been extremely proactive with their emissions reductions commitments, with gfive of the 57 councils assessed already meeting the gold standard, according to ClimateWorks’ Net Zero Momentum Tracker. The Tracker aims to bring emissions reduction […]
This high end communications and media business is known for its television production ads, graphic design and events, and it hires a raft of illustrators, filmmakers and audio engineers. Today it’s branched into the ballooning procurement advisory business, especially in construction and infrastructure. Damian Amamoo and his wife Elsie are the owners of Inception Strategies […]
Seven Australian asset owners and investment managers have been named top performing responsible investors along with 36 other organisations from around the world. AMP Capital Investors, Australian Ethical Investment, Charter Hall, Dexus, CBUS Superannuation Fund, Lendlease, Aware Super and Manulife Investment Management have all earned a position on the 2020 UNPRI Leaders’ Group A spot on […]
Infrastructure emerged as a winner in the federal government’s big-spending 2020-21 budget and now the hard part: making sure these “nation-building” projects are sustainable. Money is flowing into the built environment, with the government’s “JobMaker Plan” including an increase to the government’s infrastructure investment pipeline by $10 billion to $110 billion over 10 years. The […]