policy

Let’s Hack Housing: all the stories

Funding affordable housing – how do we do it? The Fifth Estate’s recent Let’s Hack Housing Surround Sound event was bursting with ideas on how to finance affordable housing – some…

Brisbane City Council goes carbon neutral

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…

energy, Queensland

7 lessons for Queensland’s energy efficiency scheme

So now the NESS is dead and Queensland has announced they are considering schemes for energy efficiency and demand management, it is a good time to reflect on how such a scheme(s) should be established.

Federal policy sorely lacking on cooling cities

Federal policy on the urban island heat island effect is a sorely missing piece of the puzzle to cool our cities, according to the CRC for Low Carbon Living chief executive Professor Deo Prasad.

Sydney stadium and

Planning for great stadiums needs great public policy

In what looked like a victory for common sense, the NSW government last month dropped plans to demolish two of Sydney’s most high-profile sports arenas and build new facilities at a cost of over $2 billion.

Blame the failure to decommission coal for renewables’ sluggish growth

Any Australians tearing their hair out (if they have any left) about their government’s position on climate change have long suspected that its failure to decommission the country’s coal and oil-fired power plants has been the biggest stumbling block to increasing the amount of renewable energy in the country.

Business man and woman playing wood jenga game blocks in office studio.

Building crisis: we need an injection of good evidence

Rectifying an information and evidence shortfall in the now widely cited building and construction crisis needs to be an important part of improving policy making and regulation.