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Campaign aims to help SMEs profit from carbon tax

26 October, 2011

Climate Friendly has launched the ‘Mainstreaming Green: by business, for business’ campaign to help SMEs understand and take full advantage of the carbon price policy.

Rebuilding a city with sustainable transport choices

24 October, 2011 by Kristen MacAskill*

Christchurch in New Zealand is planning to rebuild after the devastating earthquakes that hit the city earlier this year. The Christchurch City Council’s draft Central City Plan (dCCP), released in New Zealand in August, offers a timely case for discussion. This plan outlines a vision for rebuilding the city and while it covers a broad range of aspects for redevelopment, this article reflects on the future of transport in the city.

The perfect storm

24 October, 2011

Rising energy bills, carbon pricing, and increasing regulation and reporting requirements are challenging business leaders to be more sustainable and accountable at a time of stress and volatility on global markets.

Global business leaders issue urgent call to action on climate change

21 October, 2011

Governments warned: window to limit global warming closing.

Australia and EU committed to low-carbon future

06 September, 2011

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has met with his European counterpart to discuss developments in the global carbon market.

Approved Carbon Farming Initiative to benefit regional Australia

24 August, 2011

Regional Australia is set to benefit from the Carbon Farming Initative that has passed through Parliament today.

Australia and the carbon tax - an outsider’s perspective

23 August, 2011

In the wash-up after ‘carbon Sunday’, leading UK-based climate change strategist with global engineering firm MWH John Hobson has this advice to offer Australia as it enters into negotiations to legislate for a carbon-price mechanism.

Opportunities for farmers under carbon pricing

08 August, 2011

The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, has visited Castlemaine in rural Victoria to talk about opportunities for Australia’s farmers and regional communities to play their part in Australia’s move to a clean energy future.

Carbon calculator for book publishers

03 August, 2011

Book manufacturer Griffin Press has launched its Carbon Calculator to help large, small and self-publishers make sound environmental and business decisions when printing their books.

Ham, bacon and cogeneration

02 August, 2011

The Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus has commended Don KR Castlemaine and its fellow large energy users for its efforts in cutting carbon pollution.

CO2 Australia Yonderr carbon offset website

01 August, 2011 by

The website Yonderr ( can be used to purchase carbon offset packages specifically tailored to a particular business or lifestyle. It provides a simple way to offset individual, family or business carbon emissions.

Draft legislation released on the carbon price

28 July, 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Wayne Swan, and the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, today released exposure drafts of the key bills in the government’s Clean Energy Legislative Package.

Initiative to secure effective carbon sinks

27 July, 2011

A new initiative is aiming to set new standards for investment in carbon sink plantation programs.

How will the carbon pricing mechanism impact your business?

15 July, 2011

The Australian government has announced plans to introduce a carbon price mechanism from 1 July 2012. There will be a three-year fixed price period. The carbon price will start at $23 per tonne in 2012-13 and will be $24.15 in 2013-14 and $25.40 in 2014-15. From 1 July 2015 onwards, the carbon price will be set by the market. Under the plan, Australia will cut 159 million tonnes a year of carbon pollution from its atmosphere by 2020 - the equivalent of taking over 45 million cars off the road. In the article below, Elisa de Wit, Anthony Hobley, Noni Shannon and Dominic Adams from law firm Norton Rose Australia outline the impact of the carbon pricing mechanism on businesses.

Biofuels for a cleaner future

14 July, 2011

Our cars, trucks and aeroplanes could soon run on fuel made from sugarcane waste thanks to the work of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) scientists at the Mackay Renewable Biocommodities Pilot Plant.

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