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New ecodesign ISO Standard

17 October, 2011

A new ISO Standard has been released to help reduce the environmental impacts of products and services.

Carbon tax passed

12 October, 2011

The carbon tax in Australia is set to become law after the lower house of Parliament passed the government’s set of Bills to establish the world’s second largest carbon pricing scheme.

Climate change Bills introduced to House of Reps

14 September, 2011

A package of Bills has been introduced to the House of Representatives by the Gillard government to tackle climate change and promote a clean energy future.

Australia and China to cooperate on building low-carbon economies

31 March, 2011

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has announced increased collaboration between Australia and China on climate change.

Consultation paper released on National Television and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme

10 March, 2011

Under the National Waste Policy: Less Waste, More Resources, the Australian Government agreed to develop and enact national legislation to support voluntary, co-regulatory and mandatory product stewardship and extended producer responsibility schemes.

Carbon farming initiative

05 January, 2011

The Gillard Labor government has announced another major step towards establishing the Carbon Farming Initiative, a carbon offsets scheme that will provide new economic opportunities for farmers, forest growers and landholders and help the environment by reducing carbon pollution.

NABERS ratings - are you ready?

20 September, 2010

If you own or lease office space, then you need to know about the new Commercial Building Disclosure scheme (CBD) beginning 1 November this year. CBD will require office buildings to disclose their NABERS Energy ratings when they are offered for sale or lease.

Complying with greenhouse and energy reporting

26 August, 2010

As the 2009/10 financial year comes to a close, corporations are busy with their financial reporting requirements. The end of the fiscal year also signifies the approach of greenhouse gas and energy reporting deadlines under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act 2007 (NGER Act), where corporations over a certain size are required to report their emissions and energy by 31 October.

New commercial building disclosure scheme will drive energy efficiency in buildings

23 June, 2010

The Green Building Council of Australia says the new federal commercial office building disclosure scheme will help drive the transition to energy-efficient buildings.

Increasing support for business R&D

14 May, 2010

Australian businesses will receive a significant boost in support for research and development, under new R&D tax incentive legislation introduced into Parliament.

Government will negotiate on passage of renewable energy targets

05 May, 2010

The Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, Penny Wong, told a packed house at Australia’s biggest ever clean energy conference that the federal government will negotiate with major parties on the passage of amendments to the Renewable Energy Target (RET) legislation.

NABERS ratings - the next generation

28 April, 2010 by

In the 10 years since it began operations, the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) has become a leader in assessing the environmental performance of buildings. Adding even more significance to NABERS, coming of age is the federal government’s scheme requiring office building energy efficiency to be disclosed at sale or lease, which is expected to commence in the second half of this year.

ETS shelved

28 April, 2010

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd confirmed yesterday that the implementation of the federal government's carbon pollution reduction scheme (CPRS) will be delayed until the end of 2012 when the current Kyoto commitment period ends. If there had been “sufficient international action” an ETS would have been legislated by 2013.

Comparing carbon policies made easy

10 February, 2010

As major debate now envelops Federal Parliament on climate change and how Australia will respond to the threat, a Charles Sturt University expert on climate change policy has developed a simple comparison between the two policies.

Standard for the production and use of waste-derived fill

10 February, 2010

The SA Environment Protection Authority's Standard for the production and use of waste-derived fill has been finalised after extensive consultation with the waste industry.

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