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 […]

How sustainable is our shiny new normal?

The answer is, not very, if it’s anything like the old one The COVID-19 pandemic is like an X-ray into all the broken parts of our economy. We know what they are and have a grand opportunity to fix them, but it will take some visionary leadership, some exceptional courage, and an ample measure of […]

Engineers Australia’s chief engineer on elevating engineers to “wicked problem” solvers

Engineers are devilishly good problem-solvers, according to Engineers Australia’s first chief engineer, Jane MacMaster. They are traditionally directed at technical problems, but Macmaster says an engineer’s knack for “asking the right questions” can help navigate Australia’s complex “wicked problems”, such as the Covid recovery and climate change. MacMaster is passionate about elevating the profile and […]

To solve our problems, we should be free of ideologies, right?

A citizen’s jury would capture “a balance of gender, age group, ethnicity, and income” The Covid crisis has evolved into a social-distancing crisis. And this supervirulent member of the Coronaviridae family, couldn’t ask for a more perfect host. We humans are social creatures — we love each other’s company. Viruses have existed for billions of years — […]

What we’re reading in Australia and overseas

BNP Paribas does good French bank BNP Paribas SA released A$140 million in green bonds as a reward to 100 companies on the Australian Climate Transition Index. All of these eight year bonds pay a fixed coupon with a potential return based on performance of the index, comprised of 300 Australian companies expected to thrive […]

Cbus Property aims for the top with its latest sustainability report

Cbus Property this week released its sustainability report outlining significant in-roads over the past 12 months and targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Since updating its commitment to sustainability in 2018, the company has achieved the highest-rated National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy portfolio in Australia. The Global Real Estate Sustainability […]

What just happened? How we need to be investing in a responsible recovery

As we suspended business as usual during the pandemic what’s impossible to ignore is that “responsible investment strategies, that is, those that more actively factor in social and environmental risks in their decisions, outperformed the broader market during this downturn, and not for the first time. “ Initial Reaction: For investment teams responsible for the […]

Green Wallet: A simple star rating to prove your spending is green

Everything we buy has a price tag on the environment. From your morning coffee to the new shoes bought for work, everything we purchase has a carbon footprint. For Tom Ferrier, founder of Green Wallet, a new way to make sustainable purchases, consumerism is at the root of climate change. In 2018, the United Nations […]

Europe goes green in its Covid recovery

The European Union has thrown down a green gauntlet for its Covid recovery. Leaders reached a landmark €1.82 trillion budget and COVID-19 recovery package early on Tuesday morning based on European Council President Charles Michel’s compromise proposal. “Europe’s recovery will be green: the new budget will power the European green deal, it will accelerate the […]

McKinsey and Company joins calls for green recovery

Recent research by management consulting firm McKinsey and Company has highlighted the emergence from the Covid-19 shutdown as a pivotal moment in the climate emergency. The team says the post-pandemic recovery is a “decisive” period that will either spur millions of jobs in the sustainability sector, cutting emissions, or generate significant consequences for the environment. […]

New Zealand unveils revolutionary green building program to fight climate change

The New Zealand government is making a bold climate commitment with a plan to transform the building sector, which includes aggressive new efficiency standards for energy and water use and mandatory reporting requirements on construction materials and waste. On Friday, the New Zealand government announced its Building for Climate Change Programme, setting out plans to […]

Qld’s Ignite Ideas, ACT architects, red gum forests and sustainable agriculture

GREEN GIGS and government tenders: a round up of business opportunities in sustainability Igniting ideas in Queensland Queensland’s latest Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding round is open for small and medium sized businesses to put forward their best and brightest ideas for commercialisation. The grant supports a diverse range of projects including public smart tech, […]

On movements and shake ups

Could it be the instability caused by this strange time that’s seen so many changes of the guard at the top end of businesses and organisations and some surprising road-to-Damascus type conversions from the most unlikely places?

Environmental protections on shaky ground as review for EPBC Act looms

At a time when there’s mounting evidence that Australia’s environmental planning laws are “fundamentally broken”, this very same legislation is under threat from a federal government intent on fast-tracking projects as part of its pandemic recovery plan. “Green tape” has been in the firing line of the Covid recovery agenda at least since earlier this […]