News from the front desk, Issue 507: So, Australia is on an economic tear so that means there is nothing stopping sustainability, right? Out of our recent Building Circularity came some gems of insights into the urgent tasks to hand to reduce the carbon in our structures. And the immense ambition and possibilities opening up to […]
The pandemic has led more companies to take action on climate change, but so far there is a major disconnect between ambition and action, a survey of sustainability leaders has found.
Here’s a plan to put the profit back into solar energy for consumers. Rising energy prices have continued to put pressure on everyday Australians, and Sunbank Solar has established a new program in a bid to improve the trading power of solar owners across the east coast, South Australia and Tasmania. While many consumers jumped […]
Australia’s love affair with rooftop solar has only just begun, according to Fabian Le Gay Brereton who has just launched a new clean energy start up company on the back of that optimism. Le Gay Brereton says that we can expected fossil fuel demand to peak in the next decade which will trigger more than […]
Hot water can be a pain point in the pursuit of low carbon apartment buildings but with modern electric instantaneous hot water systems, there’s really no need for fossil fuel-intensive alternatives.
FLICK THE SWITCH: In the Australian Capital Territory, developers are paying new home owners $10,000 not to connect to the gas grid that’s in the street. Why? Read the sneak peek to Flick the Switch ebook, coming very soon. A big change in thinking and a small change to legislation have paved the way for […]
SOLAR PROCUREMENT: Energy Action has launched an auction-based commercial solar procurement platform to meet growing demand from businesses including clients who feel they need to do more to meet their obligations on climate.
Last week, The Australia Institute released a report that investigated the challenges and opportunities of getting out of coal. This included casting a critical eye on the apparent abundance of employment opportunities afforded by the coal mining sector – a factor that’s frequently cited as a reason to keep the industry afloat.
SPECIAL REPORT: With summer just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about what the warmer weather means for our buildings.
Australia is outperforming on green buildings. Again. This time on net zero buildings. But as an industry round table hosted by Cundall heard, achieving the ambitions will be a challenge and require collaboration.
There’s a battle brewing in the bush not only around water – or lack thereof – but around solar, and whether it has any business taking over farmland.
The Australian Capital Territory will likely meet its 100 per cent renewable electricity target ahead of its own deadline of 1 January, 2020, according to a new report released by the Australia Institute.
Major fossil fuel players are planning for the inevitable transition to clean energy – and it was all on display at the latest World Energy Congress, last week.
Australian households are doing their bit to cut the nation’s carbon emissions by adopting solar rooftop panels but not all of them are saving on their energy bills.
New guides on power purchase agreements, templates and roadmaps have been released by the Business Renewables Centre. Here is why they’re timely.
Australian gentailer EnergyAustralia has acquired 49 per cent in solar and LED company Echo Group with the intention of putting its products in front of industrial and commercial customers.
Property owners are ready to do more with sustainability, from expanding the CBD disclosure program to sectors outside of offices to carbon positive buildings. Behind them is a tsunami of investment trends and tenant preferences all pushing in the same direction. So what’s the hold up? According to national program manager for CitySwitch, Esther Bailey, […]
The Sydney Opera House might have “sustainability in its DNA” but there is still a huge energy bill to take care of every year. Now with a new power purchase agreement that energy bill will be both stabilised and renewable. And that’s just the start of its new sustainability profile.
Sunshine Plaza in Melbourne’s west has completed a large rooftop solar array that will not only lower carbon emissions but also shield tenants from rising electricity prices.
Lithium batteries made headlines again recently for all the wrong reasons when the battery on a Sydney woman’s e-bike exploded and burned the house down. This of course set off the climate-denial crowd with a bunch of hysteria, because they apparently can’t tell the difference between one faulty product and an entire class of technology. […]
With an ageing population, it’s good news that more of the major aged care providers are starting to take sustainability seriously.
UPDATED: British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta’s South Australian interests show no sign of slowing with programs ranging from renewable energy for his company SIMEC’S mining and Liberty OneSteel’s operations, huge solar farms, pumped hydro to low cost solar for social housing tenants and the state government’s home battery scheme. Two of these projects are expected to […]
CONTRIBUTOR: Switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity is the single biggest step most organisations can take towards achieving zero emissions. Renewable electricity can either be generated on-site or delivered through the grid and in either case robust accounting is necessary to support claims of zero emissions, avoiding double-counting and ensuring customers of GreenPower or […]
Companies purchasing GreenPower renewable energy certificates may not be as green as they’d like to think.
The energy policy chaos claimed another victim last week, with SolarReserve’s solar thermal power station in Port Augusta set to be scrapped after failing to achieve financing.
Innovations in AI, IoT and cybersecurity to make electricity systems and industrial processes more efficient, flexible, clean and secure dominated Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s summit in New York.
A new online portal has been launched for organisations looking to buy large-scale off-site wind, solar electricity and battery storage.
There’s never been a better time to talk renewables, and the technology around will only speed things up manifold.
Some UK builders and solar companies are buddying up to slash homeowners’ energy bills even without the government subsidies that are due to end next month.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has committed its largest ever equity investment to the Australian Renewables Income Fund (ARIF) in order to attract more institutional investors to the fast-growing sector.