Sustainability

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.


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.


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.


Westpac launches new sustainability code for its 10,000 suppliers

09 May, 2008

Westpac has announced a further step in its sustainability journey, becoming the first Australian bank to establish strict environmental, social and ethical standards for its entire supply chain of over 10,000 companies.


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.


Green building seminar program introduced

09 May, 2008

Designbuild, a trade-only building and design exhibition, will include a Green Building Seminar program complementing its focus on sustainability and green building this year.


Think tank and university form partnership

01 May, 2008

The Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) has partnered up with the University of Queensland to support research into environmental issues.


Water planning in Australia

29 April, 2008

Australia’s national water commissioners met in Brisbane to discuss progress on water planning across the nation and announced that no Australian jurisdiction can yet claim to have a fully effective water planning system.


Conference focuses on sustainability in building and design

29 April, 2008

Developments in sustainable design will be the focus of RMIT University’s 6th annual Green Building & Design Conference, being held in Sydney 30 April – 1 May.


Line-up confirmed for international conference

28 April, 2008

The World Cities Summit, an international conference on effective public governance and the sustainable development of cities, has confirmed a line-up of prominent speakers for its inaugural event in Singapore from 23–25 June 2008.


Energy-saving lighting

23 April, 2008 | Supplied by: Osram Australia Pty Ltd

The Halogen Energy Saver is claimed to last on average twice as long as the incandescent light bulb and use up to 30% less electricity, which amounts to up to 36 kg of CO2 during the life of the light bulb.


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.


Sustainability research to be boosted by institute

21 April, 2008

Research into sustainability will be boosted by the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute. Headed by sustainability expert Prof Peter Newman, the institute is a multidisciplinary research centre that undertakes research focused on sustainable cities and regions, and sustainable global development, politics, policy and economics.


NZIFST goes the extra mile on food sustainability

18 April, 2008

According to the organisers of the 2008 NZIFST conference which will be held in June in Rotorua, New Zealand, many people in the food industry are confused about what food sustainability means and how they can put it into practice.


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.


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