Sustainability > Legislation

CEFC and ARENA to manage new Clean Energy Innovation Fund

23 March, 2016 by Lauren Davis

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will act as the joint managers of the newly established Clean Energy Innovation Fund, a $1 billion initiative to help emerging technologies make the leap from demonstration to commercial deployment.


What does Paris mean for carbon and waste in Australia?

13 January, 2016 by Mike Ritchie, Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group

Australia has finally committed to limit anthropogenic global warming to less than a 2°C increase. But our country has a chequered history in respect of climate change policy, and it is a brave person who would bank on consistent government policy going forward.


Labor's plan for a 50% renewable energy target

22 July, 2015 by Lauren Davis

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced an ambitious plan for Australia's future electricity mix, stating that a Labor government will commit to at least 50% renewables by 2030.


Deal reached on RET cut — but not everyone's happy

29 June, 2015 by Lauren Davis

The long-debated legislation to cut Australia's Renewable Energy Target (RET), and to list native wood waste as a possible fuel source, passed an extended sitting of the Senate on Tuesday night.


New RET legislation allows burning of native forests

01 June, 2015

Environment Minister Greg Hunt last week introduced controversial legislation that would allow the burning of native forests for electricity generation to be included as a source of renewable energy under the amended Renewable Energy Target (RET) - and it looks like some companies are already planning for this eventuality.


A quiet Budget night for sustainability

13 May, 2015 by Lauren Davis

The 2015 Federal Budget could not have been more different to its predecessor, with the environment and sustainability sector barely rating a mention.


Energy productivity a focus of the Energy White Paper

13 April, 2015

Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane released the Australian Government's Energy White Paper last week.


RET reduction deal backed by Labor

10 April, 2015 by Lauren Davis

The ALP will reluctantly support a forced compromise deal of a 33,500 GWh Renewable Energy Target (RET) in 2020, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced.


WA to consolidate six water Acts into one

20 March, 2015

The Western Australian Government has announced the drafting of the Water Resources Management Bill, claimed by Water Minister Mia Davies to deliver the most significant change to the state's water management framework in more than 100 years.


Lord Stern calls for a new approach to climate change negotiations

09 December, 2014

As the Lima Climate Change Conference enters its second week, British academic Professor Nicholas Stern has released a report stating that governments should be ambitious, dynamic and collaborative in their negotiations over a new international agreement on climate change.


Emissions Reduction Fund passed by Senate

03 November, 2014

The legislative amendments to establish the Emissions Reduction Fund - the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s policy suite to reduce emissions - has been passed by the Senate.


Energy Green Paper outlines blueprint for future policies

25 September, 2014

The Australian Government has released the Energy Green Paper - a document which includes policy approaches to ensure reliable and affordable energy that supports business competitiveness, lowers the cost of living and grows exports.


Companies call for RET to stay

23 September, 2014

Forty small and medium businesses from around Australia have submitted an open letter to the government, urging it to retain the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and reject the recommendations of the recent review to shut down or severely reduce the target.


Backlash against RET review recommendations

01 September, 2014 by Lauren Davis

The Australian Government has released the RET Review report - an assessment of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) conducted by an independent panel. The review has been criticised by major players in the renewable energy industry.


Where does the carbon tax abolition leave businesses?

04 August, 2014

Accounting firm RSM Bird Cameron has outlined the initial impact of the abolition of the carbon pricing mechanism on businesses.


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