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Advisory report tabled on clean energy bills

07 June, 2012

The House Economics Committee has recommended that Parliament pass the bills that establish a Clean Energy Finance Corporation, bring gaseous fuels under the carbon pricing mechanism and make other changes to improve the mechanism’s operation.

$5.2 billion saving to households and businesses under new national energy efficiency framework

31 May, 2012

The Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, yesterday introduced the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) legislation to Parliament following agreement between the Gillard government, the New Zealand government and states and territories.

Budget bails on green buildings but not irrigators

15 May, 2012

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) speculated last week that the Tax Breaks for Green Buildings program would be scrapped in the 2012-13 Budget and, sure enough, their fears were confirmed. The program was noticeably absent from the Budget announcement, indicating a withdrawal of the funding allocated to the scheme in last year’s Forward Estimates.

Six tips for businesses to prepare for the carbon tax

15 May, 2012

Accounting firm RSM Bird Cameron is urging businesses to start preparing now for the introduction of the carbon tax on 1 July 2012.

Korea legislates for emissions trading by 2015

04 May, 2012

The Republic of Korea, the world’s 15th largest economy and one of Australia’s top trading partners, has passed legislation for a national emissions trading scheme (ETS).

Exposure draft of Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Amendment Regulation 2012 released

01 May, 2012

An exposure draft of the Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Amendment Regulation 2012 and associated commentary is now available for public comment.

Local government vital for climate change reduction, says energy expert

27 April, 2012

A Massey University energy expert says proposed local government reforms would be a step backwards for sustainability.

Comments invited on CFI regulations

11 April, 2012

Draft regulations to support the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) were released for consultation yesterday by the government.

ASIC releases guidance and policy proposals for carbon financial products

23 March, 2012

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) recently released regulatory guidance to help businesses comply with their financial services legal requirements leading up to the introduction of Australia’s carbon pricing mechanism.

ISO 50001 energy management Standard - adopted as European Standard

21 March, 2012

European member states have recently agreed to adopt the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO’s) Standard for energy management, ISO 50001:2011, as the European Standard for energy management systems. The publication of EN ISO 50001 will replace the existing European Standard, EN 16001:2009, to be withdrawn at the end of April 2012.

Tougher laws needed to smash green smoke screens

14 February, 2012

Law reform and tougher legal sanctions to stop greenwashing are critical, according to a leading intellectual property expert from The Australian National University.

Carbon Farming Initiative open for business

08 December, 2011

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus QC and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig welcomed today’s launch of the Carbon Farming Initiative Administrator - providing exciting opportunities for farmers, landholders and landfill operators to participate in carbon markets.

Applications open for energy security fund cash assistance

01 December, 2011

The Australian Government is now accepting applications from eligible electricity generators for cash assistance under the Energy Security Fund.

April 2012 start date for Clean Energy Regulator

16 November, 2011

The Clean Energy Regulator, the new administrative body responsible for the carbon-pricing mechanism, will begin operation from 2 April 2012.

Industry bodies call for common sense on renewable energy elibility

18 October, 2011

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) and NSW Forest Products Association (FPA) have announced that they are hopeful common sense will prevail over the use of native forest woody biomass for green energy and its eligibility for renewable energy certificates under the national renewable energy target scheme.

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