Flick the Switch! – the ebook

Flick the Switch is a guide to achieving Net Zero and all-electric buildings. It’s a wrap of our 2020 symposium on this topic plus deep-dive additional interviews and features on the people and topics that are driving change and helping the property industry head in the right direction. Nearly two dozen panellists and speakers generously […]

Hunter region – moving from “coal country” to clean energy

Almost all councils in the Hunter region – one of NSW’s largest coal-producing areas – have now made the commitment to move away from coal and gas and towards a cleaner future powered by renewables. Lake Macquarie City, Port Stephens and Cessnock City have today become the latest members of the Cities Power Partnership (CPP), […]

On how the all-electric, net zero horse has already bolted

News from the front desk, Issue 483: Last week, the Morrison government unleashed its technology roadmap on Australia, starring natural gas in a leading role. It didn’t take long for people to start protesting the pro-gas sentiment pushed by the government and its friends in the gas industry. Atlassian chief executive and renewables advocate Mike […]

Jobs and business news: Aurecon; WA government; Arup

Job ads for housing and construction sectors are still on the decline but are forecasted to pick back up again in line with rising building approvals, according to the latest SEEK employment report.

Massive Melbourne PPA plus other green opportunities

Cbus Property, ISPT Property, Fulton Hogan, RMIT University, Deakin University, Citywide Asphalt and Mondelez International have put a collective tender out to 16 energy retailers seeking a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement.

CSIRO seeking massive PPA provider

CSIRO is accelerating towards a zero carbon economy, announcing it’s move towards 100 per cent renewable energy for all its sites across NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

How cities are decarbonising

Now we know that an investment of $1.83 trillion a year in 16 low-carbon measures in cities – about 2 per cent of global GDP –  could reduce global urban emissions by 90 per cent by 2050.

ANZ’s “awesome” leadership on 100 per cent clean energy

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) has become the latest Australian signatory of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, joining the likes of Atlassian and Bank Australia in the global transition to a zero carbon grid.

ACT – a renewable energy trailblazer and among global leaders

The Australian Capital Territory will likely meet its 100 per cent renewable electricity target ahead of its own deadline of 1 January, 2020, according to a new report released by the Australia Institute.

Guide to corporate renewable energy power purchase agreements

New guides on power purchase agreements, templates and roadmaps have been released by the Business Renewables Centre. Here is why they’re timely.

Target zero emissions and fair accounting for renewable energy

CONTRIBUTOR: Switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity is the single biggest step most organisations can take towards achieving zero emissions. Renewable electricity can either be generated on-site or delivered through the grid and in either case robust accounting is necessary to support claims of zero emissions, avoiding double-counting and ensuring customers of GreenPower or […]

Flow Systems in voluntary administration

Flow Systems that gave Sydney a host of innovative and sustainable water and energy solutions is in voluntary administration.

Dexus signs up to seven years of Snowy Hydro energy

Snowy Hydro-owned Red Energy will provide off-site renewable energy to more than 40 Dexus buildings in New South Wales through a new deal signed today (Thursday).

Hydrogen heating for homes could be on the horizon

Although much of the buzz around renewable hydrogen is focused on cars and its money-making potential as an overseas export, in the short-to-medium term hydrogen could also be used for cooking, heating and cooling Australian homes.

Coal-fired power stations not okay

The government has again provoked the ire of renewable energy advocates this week, with Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg suggesting new coal-fired power stations may be welcomed as part of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

ARENA pumps funds into “solar garden” trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $240,000 for a feasibility study into “solar gardens” – centrally located solar arrays that can be invested in by renters, apartment dwellers and others unable to get solar on their roofs.

The flip side of Australia’s dark energy past

There’s a flip side to the obscenely tough battles the renewable energy industry has been forced to weather during the dark climate-denying years of the recent past. Strangely, surprisingly and almost perversely, it seems the resilience that comes from hardship might be paying off. The battles today are not about creating more solar, wind and […]

Goulburn abattoir switches to biogas

You may not like what they do, particularly if you’re a vegetarian, but at least one of them is now doing it sustainably. That’s the case for an abattoir at Goulburn south west of Sydney that is now powering its operation from biogas sourced from its effluent.