News from the front desk, issue 510: If you’re a greenwash spin-cycle merchant of high order and you think 2020 was hard on the bones, get set for an even tougher year ahead. From what we can tell from the tea leaves shaping up at the end of the year from hell (for most of […]
Here at The Fifth Estate we’re keeping an eye on New Zealand. It’s started to become a standout regional leader on climate action, especially with its legislated net zero emissions target by 2050.
Organisations are increasingly developing their own carbon and ecological footprint calculators to measure their impacts. While there are plenty of generic footprint calculators out there, many organisations’ activities are specific to them and it is more appropriate for them to develop bespoke solutions. The Drivers Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), part of the UK government’s Department […]
Your questions answered about embodied carbon and scope three emissions. Alex Herridge is something of an expert on embodied carbon. He works for one of the water utilities in the UK – Welsh Water. Herridge’s job is to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. He’s employed by The Capital Delivery Alliance, a group of six companies […]
Corporates are on notice. To achieve science based net zero targets their goals must align with warming of no more than 1.5°C and they must neutralise their impact of residual by removing an equivalent amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide. To ensure that net-zero targets in the corporate world translate into tangible actions, the Science Based […]
What are the real-world implications for achieving new net zero buildings? How can new buildings be designed to reach net zero performance targets and what effect does this have on cost? These are the questions researchers for the UK Green Building Council set out to answer with a deep dive into the implications for two […]
News from the Front Desk, Issue 497: The release of Australia’s “gas-fired recovery” plans this week – topped off with new rules to allow government clean energy finance to flow towards carbon capture and storage –should hardly come as a surprise.
Carbon capture and storage technology as an emissions reduction strategy is like slapping a band-aid over the fossil fuels industry – a last ditch attempt to keep coal-fired generation alive.
Beef is a notoriously not very good for the planet. It produces nearly double the amounts of carbon compared with small ruminants such as goats or sheep. The good news is its consumptions is dropping. Get ready for more food to taste like chicken because the meat industry is getting a major shakeup. Global meat […]
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. […]
The annual COP (Conference of the Parties) is an interesting event, with a melting pot of people from around the world and from all walks of life.
As the government bunkers down around the fossil fuel industry and cries foul at last week’s decision by the Swedish central bank to dump Australian and Canadian bonds due to emissions footprints, the final of the big four banks’ annual reports hit the headlines.
If it makes sense to you that data centres – consumers of 3 per cent of the world’s energy – should have to disclose how much energy they are using, then you’re not alone.
See our new regular column on what tenders are out and about for emissions account-keeping, diesel emissions and for work on the Australian Building Codes.
Across the nation, land-clearing has wiped out a billion dollars worth of taxpayer funded emission gains, releasing more than 160m tonnes of carbon dioxide since 2015
Companies purchasing GreenPower renewable energy certificates may not be as green as they’d like to think.
What if customers can choose the cleanest greenest shipping lines?
Twenty seven cities, including Melbourne and Sydney, have reached peak greenhouse gas emissions according to the C40 Cities website last week. So how come their emissions are still rising?
SPECIAL REPORT: A multi-million hectare opportunity to sequester carbon is available to Australia right now, but a perfect storm of market failures and policy shortcomings is holding back the potential of agricultural land to contribute to this important opportunity.
Greenhouse emissions from Australian diets are 200 per cent higher than those of a typical high-income country, new research has found, with the blame placed on our meat-heavy diets.
Victoria’s commercial buildings will get a boost to their sustainability potential following the announcement of a new collaboration between the state government and the Sustainable Melbourne Fund. The program involves help to take up Environmental Upgrade Agreements, the benefits of which include reduced energy costs and emissions. Energy, environment and climate change minister Lily D’Ambrosio […]
New Zealand needs to improve its land use decisions and get tougher on emissions pricing if it is to achieve its Paris targets, according to a new report by Vivid Economics. Net Zero in New Zealand was commissioned by GLOBE-NZ, a cross-party group of 35 NZ MPs concerned about the nation’s emissions trajectory. The researchers […]
Brisbane City Council reached a major sustainability milestone this month, officially gaining carbon neutral status. The goal was achieved through a combination of energy efficiency activities, emissions reduction actions, purchase of green power for council assets and the purchase of carbon offsets. Brisbane lord mayor Graham Quirk said the council had “effectively eliminated its carbon […]
Trigeneration and cogeneration technology was once the go-to technology for buildings whose owners wanted strong Green Star or NABERS ratings.
City-level initiatives including low carbon transport and building energy efficiency can achieve 51 per cent of the emissions cuts needed to meet the Paris Agreement, a report by Arup in collaboration with C40 Cities says. Deadline 2020: How cities will get the job done states that C40 cities will need to reduce emissions from an […]
The public should be ultra, super critical of a push for Ultra-Super Critical (USC) coal-fired power stations as a way to tackle climate change, research from the Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne has revealed. Resources minister Matt Canavan commissioned research that found that replacing Australia’s current coal fleet with USC technology […]