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 […]
Governments should be investing in home energy upgrades, now. Improving home energy efficiency is a good investment at the best of times: it cuts power bills, makes homes healthier, and reduces emissions. But the Coronavirus pandemic and the job losses it has caused mean that now is a particularly important moment for governments to back […]
This summer is the time to start practising load shifting in commercial buildings because by this time next year, the savings for demand management are going to become super lucrative.
Last week San Francisco became the latest city to ban natural gas in new buildings. The legislation will see all new construction, other than restaurants, use electric power only from June 2021, to cut greenhouse gas emissions
A look at three housing estates that are mandating sustainability covenants. And surprise surprise, the buyers are lapping them up. We look at Mullum Creek Estate in Donvale, Melbourne, The Cape in Gippsland east of Melbourne and Salt Torquay, on Victoria’s western coast where after the first builder showed a higher energy efficiency rating could be done easily and cheaply, is now 80 per cent sold.
As an environmental scientist, I have long puzzled as to why climate science is so contentious.
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.
CLEAN ENERGY: Delegates at the Global Smart Energy Summit this week got a chance to hear some of the final words and thoughts from departing chief executive of the Australian Energy Market Operator Audrey Zibelman who announced this week she was heading to a leadership role at Google in its X “moonshot division”. A key […]
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Net zero precincts have lots of barriers: complex governance challenges and disincentives among them, a soon-to-be-released federal government report says.
FEATURE: NSW has historically trod its own path to regulate the sustainability standards of its homes
Covid might be stalking the land but in many areas there’s no let up in activity. Especially in sustainability. The pandemic looks to have stirred up new opportunities for companies in the position to expand and pivot into new markets. In June, SEEK’s marketplace for selling businesses observed the highest month ever of traffic and […]
The jobs market continues to rebound, with many employers likely to be feeling relieved by the news that JobKeeper will be extended (albeit at a more targeted, lower rate) for six months. But Victoria is already feeling the effects of the second lockdown, with job add volumes slowing compared to the other states and territories. […]
As response to Covid-19 becomes the “new normal”, lots of people are predicting what will happen beyond the immediate crisis. The obvious answer is “it depends”. It depends on how governments, business and households react. The reality is there will be powerful competing forces.
The world is still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic but GPT Group’s sustainability agenda has barely hit a speed bump. As the property giant made clear in its annual sustainability report, released two weeks go on 15 May, the company is working towards clear policy goals: the big one being carbon neutrality by 2030. […]
The Australia Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) launched its $70 million Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round on Wednesday to accelerate renewable hydrogen development in Australia.
One regional solar business has experienced a record sales quarter – 41 per cent increase in sales and a 400 per cent increase in battery enquiries. What’s going on?
Requirements for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in all new NSW homes will be likely under the state government’s new net zero plan released last week.
The European Union has mandated that all new buildings be NZEBs from the 31st of December 2020. But look at how Aussie’s energy consumption compares. Here’s a hint: not good.
OXYGEN FILES: While the rest of the world is turning to biogas to meet energy and environmental requirements, Australia is ramping up production of natural gas.
The Northern Territory is embarking on a huge investment in solar energy but the government needs to reconsider its fossil fuel plans, and recognise the role its Indigenous people play in controlling carbon.
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has finally called the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council meeting this weekend. Let’s hope the meeting is not in vain.
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.
PLANNING FOR HIGHER TARGETS: All eyes are on Sydney’s west as a site of huge growth but is all this new development equipped to cope with the impacts of climate change and other ecological pressures? The city of Parramatta certainly will, if Helen Papathanasiou has anything to do with it. City of Parramatta manager, environmental […]
Daniel Andrews “smashing it” with schemes such as the Solar Homes program in Victoria, and the ACT going entirely carbon neutral.
City of Sydney has made good on its commitment to go 100 per cent renewable, today unveiling a $60 million deal with Flow Power to purchase only wind and solar to meet its energy needs.
Thinking of buying a gas-burning space-heater, water-heater or cooktop? As eastern Australia’s traditional gas supplies from the Bass Strait dry up, you might want to think again.
OPINION: Climate change is without much doubt the greatest threat now confronting the planet – and the dread most of us feel about accelerating global warming is being deepened by the failure of our elected leaders to act decisively.
Leading the race to net zero emissions is Dexus, Mirvac Group, GPT Group, Vicinity Centres, Cromwell Property Group and Investa (ICPF) according to new research from climate change think tank ClimateWorks.