The COAG Energy Council has agreed to a national plan that sets a trajectory towards zero energy (and carbon) ready buildings for Australia.
Australia's Environment Ministers have set a new unified direction for waste and recycling, agreeing to a National Waste Policy based on the principles of a circular economy.
The Waste Management Association of Australia calls on the government to introduce policies to incentivise the use of recycled material in Australia.
The policy is based around boosting renewables and household batteries — as well as resurrecting the National Energy Guarantee.
WMAA CEO Gayle Sloan represented industry in a public hearing on Queensland's Waste Reduction and Recycling (Waste Levy) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.
The Coalition party room has approved Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's plan for a National Energy Guarantee, following a debate that lasted almost two and a half hours.
State and territory governments have called for more detailed legislation with more conditions before they agree to the proposed National Energy Guarantee.
The Victorian Government will ban single-use, lightweight plastic shopping bags from late 2019 in an effort to help protect the environment from plastic pollution.
The strategy follows an investigation into the transfer of interstate waste into Queensland, and the release of a final report based on this investigation.
Queensland's parliament has officially passed the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017, which introduces both a container refund scheme and a ban on single-use plastic bags.
Australia's energy sector has been left somewhat underwhelmed following Tuesday night's Budget announcement.
The Australian Council of Recycling has stated its disappointment after learning that a large percentage of the Victorian Government's surplus for 2016–17 will come from the state's landfill levy.
Senior business leaders, fund managers, legal experts and regulators met in Melbourne last month to consider a new legal opinion on how corporate law requires company directors to consider and respond to climate-related risks to their business.
A new report from the Climate Council describes the ACT as the renewables capital of Australia, with the territory's recently implemented renewable energy policies resulting in the country's lowest electricity prices and the creation of more than 1000 jobs.
The Victorian Government will reboot the Greener Government Buildings Program, which was removed in 2013, with a $33 million investment over the next two years.