Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) & ClimateWorks Australia

released 8 February 2018

The Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory Project is an industry-led initiative seeking improvements to the energy requirements in the National Construction Code. This Interim Report – The Bottom Line – household impacts of delaying improved energy requirements in the Building Code – presents preliminary results, focusing on short-term improvements to residential requirements.


The High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLSF) Secretariat provided by the European Commission

released 31 January 2018

This is the final report of the EU High-Level Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG). The Group was established by the European Commission in late 2016 to help to develop an overarching
and comprehensive EU roadmap on sustainable finance. To do this, the Group was asked to provide recommendations to ‘hardwire’ sustainability into the EU’s regulatory and financial policy framework, as well as to accelerate the flow of capital towards sustainable development objectives. The Group began its work in January 2017, published an interim report in July 2017 and completed its work with this final report in January 2018


Climate Council

released 7 February 2018

The Climate Council’s ‘Icons at Risk: Climate Change Threatening Australian Tourism’ report shows Australia’s top five natural tourist attractions could be hit by extreme heatwaves, increasing temperatures, rising sea-levels, coastal flooding and catastrophic coral bleaching.


The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL)

released 5 February 2018

This summary presents the key proposals that emerged from APEEL’s efforts to develop a ‘blueprint’ for the next generation of Australian environmental law. A short explanation of each proposal follows in this paper, while a much fuller discussion can be found in the relevant APEEL Technical Paper, as noted below in relation to each proposal.


Climate Works Australia

released 25 January 2018

In this report, we consider the future of private transport through the lens of greenhouse gas emissions and energy. While the major emerging trend of vehicle electrification will reduce emissions and improve energy productivity, other trends, specifically autonomous vehicles and MaaS, could have either positive or negative environmental impacts. This report is intended to help identify policy approaches to ensure that new mobility develops in a way that delivers positive environmental outcomes.