The Paris Agreement: a turning point for the world

Contrast the high emotion and tears in the plenary hall at Le Bourget when the Paris climate change deal was struck on Saturday night with the response over the next day or two from the fossil fuel industry.

Global climate deal: industry responds

Industry has responded to news that a much-awaited global deal on tackling climate change has been struck (read the text here).

Calls for Victoria to develop plan for water sensitive towns

Environment Victoria is calling on the state government to develop a plan for creating water sensitive town and cities as part of a six-point plan to preserve Victoria’s water supplies, restore its rivers and deliver jobs and economic productivity.

Historic Paris climate pact reached – experts react

After two weeks of negotiations in Paris, the world’s nations have reached a global deal to tackle climate change (read the text here). The agreement commits 196 countries to help limit global warming to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C”.

News from the front desk: Issue No 270 On COAG, the Property Council, shopping centres, Luke Menzel (EEC), Paul Bannister, Indonesia, Germany, and the weather

Let’s not get over-excited now. After all we’ve seen this kind of thing before: a rising of the tide, a momentum for change. From consumers, the industry and in global politics. But this time, let’s stick our necks out and say that for energy efficiency at least, this Cinderella industry is waking up and getting […]

Robin Mellon: a first-hand account of Purpose 2015

This week I attended the inaugural Purpose conference and learnt more, experienced more and was challenged more than at any other event I’ve recently attended.

NEPP: expanding CBD and NABERS on the cards

COAG’s call for the expansion of NABERS and Commercial Buildings Disclosure in the National Energy Productivity Plan has been welcomed by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, which owns and administers the nation-wide NABERS scheme.

NZ: Sustainable Business Network celebrates the leaders

Sustainability champions across the property, construction materials and social impact sectors were among the winners in last month’s NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Joe Lenzo to retire from the Property Council in WA

Joe Lenzo will retire as executive director of the Property Council of Australia in Western Australia in March next year, after 15 years in the job. Mr Lenzo was one of the star attractions at the Surround Sound for WA last year, which headlined our ebook, Greening the West Part II. Chief executive of the […]

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The Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Development: lessons for Australian renewal

The development of a new town in Battersea is one of London’s biggest urban projects in recent years. Principal and partner at SGS Economics and Planning Patrick Fensham reveals the controversy behind the project, such as its reduced affordable housing targets, and what lessons can be learned for similar Australian developments. Mr Fensham visited London, New […]