The Differences Between Carbon Neutral and Net Zero
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by Jacinta Young
1y ago
While businesses have become familiar with climate-related terminology in recent years, there is still some confusion surrounding key terms net zero and carbon neutral. This confusion is understandable — many people still use the terms interchangeably, but they actually refer to two different things. Understanding the difference between carbon-neutral and net zero claims, and how they relate to climate goals, is vital for businesses embarking on a climate action strategy.  What is Carbon Neutral? Carbon neutrality essentially means balancing the levels of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gase ..read more
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2022 a Year for Action
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by Hannah Meade
2y ago
I wrote the 2020 end-of-year thought piece, looking to 2021 as a year of hope after the forced slow down in 2020. So, reflecting on 21 and looking to 22, did 2021 bring us hope? For most, given the pandemic is still disrupting previous ways of life, and there’s still politicians who think the world is flat, I’d say that hope may have been tested. Even the Hollywood movies have forgone the positive endings of clear skies in ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and instead wiped out humanity for its inaction with a comet in DiCaprio’s ‘Don’t Look Up’. However, I’m an eternal optimist and there is always hop ..read more
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Books to Read in 2022
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by Jacinta Young
2y ago
2022 is finally here and we hope you are enjoying some time to chill out, tune out and regenerate.   Summer holidays can make a great time to catch up on reading, something many of us dream to do but never seem to get the time to. If you do manage to reward yourself with time to bury yourself in a book, I managed to get a few recommendations from our team before they headed off on leave, plus a few suggestions from me of books to read in 2022. There’s a handful focused on what we do – books on climate change and sustainably, books on energy and climate action, and a few other gems, sprink ..read more
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Ignore sustainability at your peril – the growing risk of liability
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by Michaela Young
2y ago
Organisations are increasingly acting on the recognition that sustainability considerations, including climate-related risks, must be integrated into every-day operations, although there remains a wide gap in practices, goals and targets set by different organisations. Organisations that continue to pay mere lip service to sustainability, or even the leading organisations in this space tempted to shift focus away from sustainability in a world affected by COVID, do so at their own peril. Leaving aside the reputational risks associated with weak sustainability practices and the competitive adva ..read more
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Article 6. What does the future hold for carbon offsets?
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by Thomas Hodgson
2y ago
Risk and Opportunities from the Paris Agreement’s Article 6 The Paris Agreement’s last puzzle piece, Article 6, will again be debated at the 2021 Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow. It provides for the creation of an opt-in voluntary international carbon market, and while many are hoping that it will finally be resolved in Glasgow, it is imperative that its carbon trading rules are well-designed. As proposed, Article 6 will effectively replace the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. This may cause a phase-out of the workhorse Kyoto era offsets, that trade well below Austra ..read more
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A Look at Australia’s Climate Change Bill and Why We Need it
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by David Del Valle Soto
2y ago
In November 2020 Australia’s first formal Climate Change Bill, the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020, was introduced into parliament. The proposed legislation outlined a reasonable and well-structured response to the existential threat posed by climate change and included a clear plan for reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Unfortunately in July 2021 the Bill did not pass the House Committee, however, independent MP Zali Steggall OAM, who is championing the implementation of this climate change legal framework in Australia, will re-introduce an amen ..read more
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What are carbon offsets, why use them and where to buy them?
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by Jacinta Young
2y ago
With so much momentum from companies in the past year transitioning to carbon neutral, (Australia’s Climate Active certification alone has seen a 100% increase year on year) there is a lot of discussion around carbon offsets. So what exactly are carbon offsets, why use them, where to buy them and what to look out for when you do?    Here’s a simple and quick explainer.   What are carbon offsets?   Carbon offsets, or offset units (or carbon credits) are created by projects that avoid, reduce, remove or capture greenhouse gas (GHG) emis ..read more
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Building Australia Back Better: Cleantech and Renewables Light the Way Post-2020
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by Hannah Meade
2y ago
2020 has been a year like no other, and as State Budgets and Federal Recovery plans are announced with significant expenditure to rebuild the economy, we have a unique opportunity to build back better than we were before, but will we? As we emerge from the great pause of 2020, will we take with us the lessons and revelations of the extended period of reflection or will we slip back into the bad habits of before? Reflecting back to the early days of my career, climate change was still relatively ‘new’ in mainstream conversations, Al Gore had released An Inconvenient Truth and Ross Garnaut had r ..read more
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Is a Biden win a win for climate action in Australia?
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by Thomas Hodgson
2y ago
President-Elect Joe Biden has been elected on one of the most ambitious climate platforms in US history[i]. However, with a divided Congress and many competing priorities, his ability to implement the necessary transformational climate reforms will be limited. For Australia, the issue is whether Biden’s win will translate into meaningful climate action at home. In short, the answer is yes, but how and why is the question. Australia and the Paris Agreement A Biden Presidency will take the US from the only country ever to have left the Paris Agreement to its biggest champion. This will cause pre ..read more
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Ignore sustainability at your peril – the growing risk of liability
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by Michaela Young
2y ago
Organisations are increasingly acting on the recognition that sustainability considerations, including climate-related risks, must be integrated into every-day operations, although there remains a wide gap in practices, goals and targets set by different organisations. Organisations that continue to pay mere lip service to sustainability, or even the leading organisations in this space tempted to shift focus away from sustainability in a world affected by COVID, do so at their own peril. Leaving aside the reputational risks associated with weak sustainability practices and the competitive adva ..read more
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