The circular economy in action on a bustling street in Maroochydore

In a conversation with The Fifth Estate before Building Circularity, chief executive and co-founder of Coreo, Ashleigh Morris, delved into her passion for accelerating the transition to a circular economy, how she elevated a busy street out of its waste woes, and why food scraps should be the new way of creating energy. Starting out […]

Aware Super on affordable housing and logistics tilt

Last year industry super fund Aware Super cut the carbon footprint of its holdings in equities by 40 per cent in one big divestment hit and now Australia’s second-largest superannuation fund has its sights set on housing affordability and decarbonising its property portfolio.

Ben Carter: outlook positive, especially on technology and energy

Sydney’s new Fish Market and new museum at Parramatta could soon be the smartest buildings in the industry as governments drive demand in HVAC and tech services post Covid. But tenants are also pressuring landlords to lift their game on energy efficiency as they head to net zero by 2030, says VAE Group’s Ben Carter.

Microsoft and Musk are working hard on carbon storage – here’s the prognosis

Microsoft has announced it is to use Climeworks’ carbon dioxide removal technology to help it achieve negative emissions by 2030, and to remove the company’s historic emissions by 2050. And Elon Musk has offered $100 million prize for the best scalable technology to achieve the same goal. So, can carbon capture and storage really save […]

Australian real estate companies still top of Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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 […]

Now for airconditioning-as-a-service

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 […]

Blue IoT in growth mode, with an award to boot

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 on-track with sustainability targets

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 […]

Australian companies blitz UN’s leadership board for responsible investment

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 […]

There has never been a more vital time to be a B Corp

No individual person, country or organisation can solve the myriad of challenges facing societies. Collaboration is critical – and businesses can, and should, be at the forefront, using their business to positively impact their stakeholders and the environment. There is a global community of companies that believe in the power of business to help solve […]

Coles joins ALDI with bold renewables commitments – will Woolworths follow suit?

Both Coles and Aldi now have ambitious clean energy commitments. Will Woolworths follow suit? Coles has committed to sourcing over 90 per cent of its energy requirements from clean energy sources, hot on the tail of ALDI’s commitment a month earlier to purchase 100 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2021. Through […]

Consulting giants targeting net zero but is it enough?

On Tuesday, KPMG Australia’s head of oil & gas Jonathon Peacock sent out strong note of support for the government’s gas plans announced that day, despite widespread criticism on environmental and economic grounds. So how is the rest of the company thinking on climate change? And what about the other giants of consulting that make […]

After Juukan Gorge – can anyone ever believe an ESG rating again?

What do companies do once they’ve been evaluated on their environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) performance? It’s a good question when you think about Rio Tinto following its out-of-the-league act of global vandalism in destroying a 46,000 year old sacred site of major significance in human history just to get to the ore […]

Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft under the greenwash spotlight

When it comes to sustainability, it’s hard to tell who is going green and who is just green washing. It’s easy for companies to talk a big game about sustainability. Some have even taken some major strides to change how their businesses operate. But just how green are these companies actually going? How green is […]

Unlocking the big barriers to an “efficiency first” approach

In Europe the top barriers to implementing the decision-making principle of “efficiency first” in energy system planning and policymaking turn out to be lack of political will, lack of expertise and awareness, professional cultures, die-hard personal habits, and overarching regulatory structure.

Flow Systems is back in action and growing fast

Flow Systems has recruited around 10 people in the last six months and has plans to hire around another 10 in the coming months to join the team of 80 to 90 people. The recruitment drive is to help the company cope with an influx of work providing embedded energy systems, mainly in Queensland but […]