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 […]
It’s been a relatively busy year for consultancy Point Advisory, with sustainability work and net zero announcements from large corporates coming thick and fast.
It could well be the reform that no-one expected in our consumer obsessed world: the potential for a “right to repair rule” that could end planned obsolescence by many manufacturers and expand freedom of choice for consumers when repair is possible.
News from the front desk: We called someone in NZ this week to canvass a new project on embodied carbon we’re running. Even though we’ve barely started to digest the massive 127 ebook we just published on net zero and operational energy.
As consumers become more sustainably conscious, the typical kitchen design has been turned on its head by revered Italian kitchen brand Snaidero. The company recently unveiled its first Australian project to feature precision-engineered porcelain fronted joinery at Seafarers, the new Yarra River waterfront residences in Melbourne developed by Riverlee. Designed and crafted in Italy, the […]
Until a few years ago, two industrial heritage buildings in the middle of Sydney’s CBD sat unused for 20 years because no developer was brave enough to touch the tricky infill site. Building and construction company Built has risen to the challenge, on Wednesday topping out an eye-catching glass “bubble” atop the two existing buildings, […]
Clare Parry moves to HIP V. HYPE with eyes on growth. Passive House super star Clare Parry has joined HIP V. HYPE to bolster the integrated sustainability company’s technical capability. The job, as better buildings lead, is an opportunity to “dial up the pressure on sustainable buildings”, Ms Parry told The Fifth Estate on Tuesday. […]
What do companies do once they’ve been evaluated on their environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) performance? It’s a good question when you think about Rio Tinto following its out-of-the-league act of global vandalism in destroying a 46,000 year old sacred site of major significance in human history just to get to the ore […]
Nine in 10 Australian consumers are more likely to purchase ethical and sustainable products according to a new research, with the survey also revealing that 85 per cent of consumers want retailers and brands to be more transparent about the sustainability of their products.
What’s happening in job news this week.
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 […]
A round up of business opportunities in sustainability, including government tenders, grants and accelerator programs.
Fast-tracked approval for a new six-star Green Star commercial tower in North Sydney connected to the Victoria Cross over station development will “set a new benchmark” for the CBD area, which Bates Smart director Philip Vivian says is having a “true renaissance”.
A mixed-use residential development with strong green credentials in Melbourne’s inner north sustainability hot spot of Collingwood has been “blessed with consistent sales” during the pandemic.
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. […]
Interest in heat pumps – a lower cost, lower emissions alternative to gas boilers in aquatic centres – is growing.
News from the front desk: If you’ve ever languidly wished you could vote for Jacinda Ardern as Australian PM you may not want to read further.
Despite pockets of silliness, like the freedom ‘n’ gun-loving idiocy erupting in the US, sensible minds are turning to what happens once COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Already, tensions are starting to appear between resuming past urban policy settings and the need to rethink them deeply.
Covid has hit a lot of people hard, but not Australian window manufacturer Paarhammer. The company prides itself on sustainable – and fire resistant – windows and doors that it produces out of its purposed built factory at Ballan, about 80 kilometres north west of Melbourne. Edith Paarhammer, who owns the company with husband Tony, […]
Looks like this virus has already rearranged our DNA. Acts of extreme kindness are appearing where before there was only cold-hearted neoliberalism.
Times are changing fast and it’s important to check in on each other. Good time to take a pulse of the market.
As progress continues for controversial mining projects, the Greens have called for a halt on all planning measures until a community consultation plan is established to take into account the COVID-19 outbreak.
For Development Victoria’s new sustainability manager Samantha Peart, there are big opportunities to reset and improve best practice sustainability in the development sector, especially in the wake of the current pandemic.
COVID-19, people may ask whether this shock to the system resembles what “degrowth” advocates have been calling for in recent years.
Resilience was on big display at the GBCA’s Transform this week.
News from the front desk Issue 471: If you’re feeling discombobulated by the crazy mental contagion of our world right now try this for some unsolicited advice: a good night’s sleep, an early morning walk in the sun, a bit of nature.
The sustainability teams at the major consulting firms continue to swell with KPMG Australia snapping up Action Sustainability Asia Pacific this week.
There’s a focus on community engagement at EY but the fastest growing service area is climate change work – from climate risk disclosures to gritty strategic work such as decarbonisation plans for governments.
The latest bunch of tenders and projects from government sources around the country.
Wianamatta, or ‘the Mother Place’ in Dharug language, is the longest freshwater stream in Greater Sydney. It runs like a spine through the newly christened Western Parkland City and its planned Aerotropolis.