How robust are Woolworths Group’s climate commitments?

As one of the most recognisable brands in Australia, Woolworths Group has set itself an ambitious goal: 100 per cent green energy by 2025 and net positive emissions by at least 2050. But as the country’s sixth largest electricity user, with almost 3300 stores that need to be kept cold, large-scale refrigeration units lining the walls […]

What’s coming down the line in retail post Covid

How is the retail sector going after this chaotic Covid time and restrictions start to lift? Will we become a country of low-value consumers that disappoint luxury retailers but hasten our sustainability journey or will we pick up speed again?

Case Study: doors open on Melbourne’s Living Building shopping centre

One of Melbourne’s most talked-about new retail centres, Brickworks at Burwood, has finally opened. It’s breaking new ground in sustainability and is a great opportunity for the general public to experience what a Living Building Challenge (LBC) development can deliver.

Online shopping could be better for the planet, but we need to stop returning so much

Online shopping was meant to save on carbon emissions. Fewer cars driving to energy-sucking stores that send copious amounts of material to landfill with every display change. But with a growing habit to over order items in various sizes and return excess goods often free of charge, it could be that this new consumer habit […]

Why sustainable chocolate sells more than regular chocolate

As a society we are becoming more switched on to the social and environmental impacts of our consumer choices. Recent studies have highlighted the way this has directly impacted the decisions of corporations both big and small, driving up their focus on sustainability.

Shopping centres raising the bar: Vicinity and Marrickville Metro

Shopping centres may have fallen upon harder times thanks to online retailing but perhaps this speed bump can serve as an opportunity to rethink these giant structures and make them more sustainable and community-focused. Vicinity Centres, for one, has just upped its onsite renewables play (again). And in Sydney AMP Capital’s Marrickville Metro will be […]

IKEA launches furniture take-back scheme

Riding on the momentum of Australia’s anti-waste movement, IKEA is now letting its Sydney customers return their unwanted furniture and goods to the Tempe store in exchange for a voucher to spend in-store.

CEFC announces massive $200m retail efficiency play

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s first major foray into the retail sector will see a massive $200 million invested into institutional fund manager QIC’s Global Real Estate flagship Shopping Centre Fund (QSCF).

Biome becomes first B Corp retailer in Australia

Brisbane eco business Biome has become the first Australian retailer to be awarded international B Corporation certification for its success in operating a business with high social and environmental standards. Biome Eco Stores was established in 2003 and now employs 46 people across its online store and Brisbane stores in Paddington, Balmoral, Indooroopilly and the […]

7 ways we can turbo-charge retail sustainability

Shopping centres are some of our biggest energy guzzlers, but in recent times have been moving towards a greener future. Here’s seven ways they could continue to push.

Stockland switches on massive solar system at Wetherill Park

A $2 million, 925 kilowatt solar system has been officially switched on at Stockland’s Wetherill Park Shopping Centre in Sydney’s western suburbs. The system comprises 2900 solar panels spanning 5695 square metres, and is estimated to generate an average of 3620 kilowatt-hours a day, which should cover about 23 per cent of the centre’s base […]

A revolution is coming to retail and it’s green

Simple lifecycle assessments for fitouts, a focus on energy reduction, product stewardship for materials, and a switch to gross leases could radically increase return on investment for retail shopping centre owners, says lifecycle expert Dr Caroline Noller.