Sustainability > Legislation

National Waste Policy Consultation paper released

21 April, 2009

Environment Minister Peter Garrett has released a consultation paper — A National Waste Policy: Managing Waste to 2020 for public review and comment.

Greenhouse law changes mean new projects could face ban

24 March, 2009

New projects like factories and pulp mills could be banned if they have a large carbon footprint under mooted changes to environment laws.

Calls for uniform voluntary national emissions reporting standards

19 March, 2009

An engineering and environmental adviser has called for a set of uniform voluntary national emissions reporting standards to guide the development of emissions reporting by companies lying outside mandatory reporting regimes.

Release of CPRS exposure draft legislation

11 March, 2009

Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong has released exposure draft legislation and explanatory materials for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Greens, Coalition agree on CPRS Senate Inquiry

11 March, 2009

The CPRS Senate Inquiry, to be conducted by a new Senate Select Committee on Climate Policy and reporting back on May 14, will examine the choice of emissions trading as a mechanism, the relative contributions of complementary measures to emissions reductions, the environmental effectiveness of the proposed targets and whether the scheme would appropriately transform the economy.

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme guidance paper released

02 March, 2009

The Department of Climate Change has released a guidance paper for the assessment of activities for the purposes of the emissions-intensive trade-exposed (EITE) assistance program under the Rudd government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

Guidance paper on the emissions assistance program

24 February, 2009

Institute supports paper on emissions assistance program and points out tight reporting timeframe.

Commerce Commission releases guidelines on green claims

04 December, 2008

The Commerce Commission has released guidelines to businesses that make environmental, or ‘green’, claims in their marketing.

FTSE Environmental Opportunities Index Series expanded

19 November, 2008

FTSE Group (FTSE), the global index provider, has expanded the FTSE Environmental Opportunities Index Series with the addition of nine new indices.

Initiative to support goals of global sustainability

12 November, 2008

ASTM International has announced the formation of ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability. This new standards development initiative results from the cooperative efforts of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and cross industry stakeholders who share mutual goals for global sustainable development.

Latest version of quality management standard to be released

11 November, 2008

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is set to release the latest version of the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Standard, amid speculation it has been aligned with ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Standard.

Sustainability principles for building construction sector established

10 July, 2008

The ISO 15392:2008 standard establishes internationally recognised principles for sustainability in building construction.

Pharma companies getting serious about sustainability

18 June, 2008 by Kylie Wilson-Field

As little as 12 months ago, it was hard to imagine that businesses like pharmaceutical companies would begin to seriously address sustainability, but in a recent study, UK-based consultancy Envirowise, an independent advisory service that helps businesses reduce their environmental impact, found that financial and environmental benefits from resource efficiency could be achieved for pharmaceutical companies. Working closely with the sector, Envirowise says that it has become clear that growing legislation has had a fundamental impact on the drive to improve environmental management and resource efficiency in the industry.

Westpac launches new sustainability code for its 10,000 suppliers

09 May, 2008

Westpac has announced a further step in its sustainability journey, becoming the first Australian bank to establish strict environmental, social and ethical standards for its entire supply chain of over 10,000 companies.

Standards assist stakeholders in recycling ships

22 January, 2008

ISO has launched the first document of a series of management system standards for the recycling of ships. The series, ISO 30000, Ship recycling management systems, will support environmental protection and increase the safety of workers.

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