Sustainability > Legislation

Rudd’s new Climate Change Minister

02 July, 2013

Mark Butler (formerly Minister for Mental Health) has been named the Climate Change Minister in Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s new ministry, replacing Greg Combet who is retiring from politics.

Obama announces US Climate Action Plan

26 June, 2013 by Lauren Davis

US President Barack Obama today announced a Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution. According to Obama, the plan intends to give the United States - the world’s largest economy and second largest emitter - a leadership role “in a coordinated assault on a changing climate”.

China launches its first emissions trading scheme

19 June, 2013

China launched its first carbon emissions trading scheme yesterday in Shenzhen. By 2015, the scheme aims to reduce the city’s carbon emissions per unit of GDP by 21% compared to 2010 levels.

Improved energy standards for computers

21 May, 2013

From 1 October 2013, Australia will implement minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for computers and computer monitors, as well as mandatory energy rating labels (ERL) for computer monitors.

New safety rules to protect offshore workers and environment

17 May, 2013

On 15 May, the Australian Parliament passed a landmark law to better protect Australian offshore workers and Australia’s pristine marine environment.

The future of the Clean Energy Future package

15 May, 2013

A statement of the current and future impacts of the government’s Clean Energy Future package has been released.

Community engagement the key to better cities, says GBCA

19 April, 2013

A new strategic and streamlined approach to planning in NSW can deliver better communities and cities, but it requires a genuine commitment to community engagement, says the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Australia and China strengthen carbon market collaboration

11 April, 2013

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced during her visit to Beijing that Australia and China have agreed to new arrangements to strengthen our collaboration on carbon markets.

New standards for e-waste

18 February, 2013

Standards Australia has today announced a new Australian/New Zealand standard for electronic waste.

Waikato professor to write carbon capture and storage law

11 December, 2012

The Director of the University of Waikato Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law (CEREL), Professor Barry Barton, is working with government and industry insiders to develop a legal and regulatory framework for carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Australian ETS to link up with world’s largest ETS

27 November, 2012

Legislation passed by the Senate last night will enable Australia and Europe to begin linking their emissions trading systems.

ASIC licence essential for trading carbon credits

19 November, 2012

In a step forward for Australia’s emerging carbon trading market, national electricity retailer ERM Power has been granted one of the first licences to trade in emissions units and derivatives.

Renewable energy on target for billions in investment: independent analysis

01 November, 2012

An independent report from strategic consultancy SKM MMA shows that Australia’s 20% Renewable Energy Target has delivered $18.5 billion in investment, with the potential for $18.7 billion more if the policy is retained in its current form.

Solar Council rejects push to abolish SRES

23 October, 2012

The Australian Solar Council has rejected a call by the Productivity Commission to abolish the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).

Preliminary talks on EU carbon price reform hit home in Australia

25 September, 2012

Preliminary talks held in Europe to reform the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) will flow through to Australian carbon prices, with the timing and size of any reform crucial for the Australian carbon price and for Australian companies, according to carbon analytics firm RepuTex.

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