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Australian manufacturers to tackle climate change

14 May, 2008

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $75 million for the Re-tooling for Climate Change competitive grants program as part of the government's Clean Business Australia initiative, announced Sentator the Hon Kim Carr.

Committee backs call for energy-efficiency factor with emissions trading scheme

09 May, 2008

The National Carbon Committee of the Waste Management Association of Australia has backed a call of the Secretary of the Department of Climate Change to consider factors like energy efficiency alongside the emissions trading scheme.

Carbon trading may mean $14 billion tax bill for Australian businesses

22 April, 2008

The Taxation Institute of Australia has warned that the proposed carbon trading scheme could reap more than $14 billion in businesses tax unless the Australian government takes immediate steps to clarify the tax effects of the proposed carbon trading scheme.

Economic analysis of the proposed emissions trading scheme

18 April, 2008

The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says it is well advanced with a study of the likely costs to the New Zealand economy of the Emissions Trading Scheme on which the Finance and Expenditure Committee is hearing submissions.

Carbon neutral public service program update

09 April, 2008

Agencies in the core public service released their carbon emissions inventories and carbon reduction plans as the first step in New Zealand's Carbon Neutral Public Service program, announced Environment Minister Trevor Mallard. 

New sustainability standard set for heritage buildings

08 February, 2008

A NSW government project has set a benchmark for environmental sustainability in heritage buildings, according to Planning Minister Frank Sartor.

Carbon neutral cabinet

29 January, 2008

South Australia’s cabinet ministers have announced plans to offset the greenhouse gases used in the course of their duties, including all air travel.

The sustainability advantage

23 January, 2008 by Kylie Wilson-Field, Journalist

The Department of Environment & Climate Change in NSW runs a program for businesses called Sustainability Advantage, which it believes makes sense of all of the noise about sustainability

Public Facilities Program now open

10 January, 2008

Funding is now available for water- and energy-savings projects in public or education facilities through the NSW government’s Climate Change Fund.

Move to phase out plastic bags confirmed

10 January, 2008

Peter Garrett has confirmed that he will move to phase out plastic check-out bags “by the end of the year” — if necessary with a legislative ban. The move follows an announcement by the Chinese government that it will ban the giving away of free plastic bags by June.

Labor takes the first steps towards tackling climate change

18 December, 2007 by Carolyn Jackson, Editor

On his first day in office after being sworn in as Australia's 26th Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd signed the Kyoto Protocol, which is considered to be the most far-reaching agreement on environment and sustainable development ever to be adopted

Grant to deliver sustainable project

28 November, 2007

EcoNova has been awarded a grant by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and implement sustainable projects that contribute to Australia’s diminishing water supply.

'Green-tape': the next challenge for business

22 October, 2007 by Carolyn Jackson, Editor

Legislation and regulation surrounding environmental issues has been increasing at a steady rate for years. Now with the emergence of climate change issues it is set to escalate further and impact all businesses

Government announces emissions trading scheme

28 September, 2007

An emissions trading scheme will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote environmentally friendly behaviour and create business opportunities for New Zealanders, according to Finance Minister Michael Cullen and Climate Change Minister David Parker.

Advancing sustainability

18 September, 2007

The House Environment Committee has tabled its report 'Sustainability for survival: creating a climate for change', recommending the establishment of a national Sustainability Commissioner, Commission and Charter. The report argues that strong Australian government leadership is required to advance sustainability.

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