GPT fast tracks net zero target by six years

GPT has learnt much from its journey to carbon neutrality so far and now it’s going to apply those learnings to achieve a new target of net zero across its portfolio of managed assets by 2024, six years earlier than intended. Thanks to the property giant’s Energy Master Plan, three buildings in it’s Wholesale Office […]

Macquarie Group gets another $100 million from CEFC

The asset management arm of Macquarie Group, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), has received another sizeable chunk of finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for emissions reduction and energy efficiency projects across airports, electricity, port, rail, water and other infrastructure sectors. The state-owned corporation is investing $100 million towards projects targeting lower carbon […]

Zero emissions manufacturing sector: we’re not dreaming

As the world grapples with the findings of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and its renewed emphasis of our need to rapidly decarbonise, talk will inevitably turn to the challenges of taking action and the merits of delaying the inevitable.

The “forgotten” greenhouse gas emissions of our built environment will be a hard nut to crack

True or false? “A zero-carbon built environment means that no fossil fuels are used in the operation of buildings and infrastructure.” False, because this leaves out the embodied carbon emissions of building, maintaining and dismantling the built environment. But how would we know? A whopping 40 per cent of all of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions […]

Carbon impact of lighter roads not so cool

Having lighter, more reflective roads and walkways is often used as a strategy to reduce the urban heat island effect and cut energy costs, but research from the US’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found they could lead to increased carbon emissions. Berkeley researchers created a lifecycle tool to assess energy, greenhouse gas emissions, air […]

Why Sydney and Melbourne are big markets for carbon offsets

Carbon emissions reductions and offsetting are starting to gain serious traction in Sydney and Melbourne, according to consultants in the emissions reductions sector. Queensland, meanwhile, is lagging. Iain Smale, managing director of Pangolin Associates in Sydney, said it was not just the top end of town participating in the federal government’s National Carbon Offset Standard, […]

Green Star gets tough on emissions reductions

Buildings may soon be required to cut carbon emissions to 40 per cent below business as usual to qualify for a 6 Star Green Star rating, under sweeping changes now out for industry feedback. The changes aim to start a conversation on major sustainability trends, including moving towards carbon neutral buildings, using engineered timbers, verification […]

Pope’s climate change manifesto will hopefully shift the course of history

With any luck 500 years of perfecting high politics in the Vatican will pay off for the entire planet with pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change this week. A version of it was leaked early to an Italian newspaper L’Espresso, this week, in perfect synchronicity with the deals and double deals of Renaissance Italy that […]

Pope's climate change manifesto will hopefully shift the course of history

With any luck 500 years of perfecting high politics in the Vatican will pay off for the entire planet with pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change this week. A version of it was leaked early to an Italian newspaper L’Espresso, this week, in perfect synchronicity with the deals and double deals of Renaissance Italy that […]