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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.


Trees please for APEC partners

06 September, 2007

Australian scientists are training foresters in neighbouring APEC countries to use the Australian Greenhouse Office's National Carbon Accounting Toolbox (NCAT) to assess carbon sequestration in native and plantation forests.


Launch of carbon trading exchange

03 September, 2007

ACX (Australian Climate Exchange) has launched the Melbourne-based carbon trading exchange.


Walk to work day

30 August, 2007

National Walk to Work Day (WTWD) will be held around Australia on Friday 5 October 2007 to promote better health and a cleaner environment. By registering, individuals, businesses and organisations can help to improve our health and environment, while supporting four major Australian charities.


Roundtable for climate change leaders

22 August, 2007

The Ethos Foundation and Green Cross Australia are presenting a one-day ‘Leading for the Future’ roundtable on climate change at Queensland Parliament House on Wednesday 29 August.


Government announces cap and trade emissions scheme

17 July, 2007

The Federal Government has announced it will increase spending on combating greenhouse gas emissions by $627 million.


Climate change – now it’s law

17 July, 2007

The nation’s first Climate Change legislation has become law. The Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007 makes South Australia the first place in Australia to legislate targets to reduce greenhouse emissions.


New green building report for councils

13 June, 2007

A report from ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – Oceania (ICLEI Oceania) and the Building Commission highlights nine key pathways for local government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through sustainable buildings.


$2 billion pa - have you accessed your share?

21 August, 2006 by Brent Watts, Director, Inject Pty Ltd

The Australian government provides a range of grants to companies that are developing innovative technologies. The level of competition is high, but there are a few simple steps that you can take to improve your company's chances of funding success


Federal opposition unveils ‘blueprint’ for climate change

05 May, 2006

Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley unveiled in March the Labor Party’s new blueprint for tackling climate change, including a commitment to reduce emissions by 60% by 2050.


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