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Minerals Council joins corporate scramble to go green

Some of the most unlikely of corporate suspects are going green – or paying lip service to the cause – bowing to pressure from customers, shareholders and other stakeholders. The…

Bueno’s head start in Australia and where to next

Now six years old, the success of Bueno’s data-driven building operations software owes a lot to the maturity of energy performance in the Australian property sector. Now it’s looking to grow its presence overseas, with a new office set to open in New York next year.

Five ways to finance energy efficiency building upgrades

EUROPE: Financing building upgrades to make them more energy efficient is the subject of much research. It’s estimated it would need around EUR 100 billion (AU$163 billion) a year to meet the European target to tackle climate change.

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On why we could probably do without the feds altogether

News from the front desk 455: There have long been voices suggesting that three levels of government in Australia is simply impractical. But while state governments are often targeted for not doing enough, it’s the federal government that’s falling short on many key agenda items.

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ANZ’s “awesome” leadership on 100 per cent clean energy

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) has become the latest Australian signatory of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, joining the likes of Atlassian and Bank Australia in the global transition to a zero carbon grid.

A day in 2030 in your sustainable home

Here’s what life will look like in 2030 if Australian governments adopt best practice energy standards that are currently on the table for our homes and appliances..

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Angels and Icarus: Crowd-funding a low-carbon transition

Angel investors, impact investors, ESD-focused venture capitalists, start-ups, crowd-funded equities, crowd-sourced funding … the ways money can be channelled to save the planet and deliver social and environmental good are multiplying at a rate of knots.

Ghost of Bjelke-Petersen looms large over new Queensland legislation

New legislation proposed by the Queensland government to ban “locking” devices used by climate activists and to give police more power to search suspected protesters is raising the spectre of Joh Bjelke-Petersen era laws criminalising public protest.

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Could an infrastructure blitz save economy and planet?

Our next economic growth phase must somehow deliver strong GDP growth, strong wages growth, and a huge reduction in economy-wide emissions. Can a low-carbon infrastructure investment spree deliver on all three?