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Program to help manufacturers tackle climate change

18 September, 2008

The Rudd government has launched a program that offers small and medium-sized manufacturers grants ranging from $10,000 to $500,000 to help them reduce the environmental impact of their production processes.

A smarter grid for greener power

29 August, 2008

The UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures is leading a national research project to develop an electricity network for Australia that is smarter, greener and more efficient.

$75 million Climate Ready program opens for business

30 July, 2008

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has announced that the Rudd government’s $75 million Climate Ready program is open for applications.

UniSA thinks budget misses sustainability

19 May, 2008

For Australia's economy to be sustainable, nation-building investment is critical, but the Rudd/Swan budget didn't deliver on sustainability, according to UniSA academic, Dr Geoffrey Wells.

Budget to improve sustainability

19 May, 2008

The Rudd government’s budget has been slammed by the Liberal party as letting Australian families down, but has it let down business and the environment? With billions of dollars promised to help combat climate change, how has the money been spent and how will it affect business? Presented below is a summary of the budget initiatives that are aimed to work with Australian businesses to help tackle climate change.

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

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.

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.

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