Issue date : Thu 4 February, 2021
Estimated Reading Time : 04 Min 25 Seconds
Number of items : 52
TPG-backed Felix launches new campaign via Paper Moose
Mumbrella
Thu 4 February, 2021
Australia’s new eco mobile brand, Felix, has launched its first campaign through creative-production agency, Paper Moose. Felix is part of TPG Telecom which also owns Vodafone and iiNet.
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Labor unmoved on clean energy changes despite internal climate shake-up
The Sydney Morning Herald
Thu 4 February, 2021
Federal Labor remains opposed to a proposed overhaul of Australia’s clean energy fund rules aimed at fuelling investment in gas power plants and grid infrastructure despite a shake-up in its approach to climate policy.
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The Age
The Brisbane Times
WAToday
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From The Greens to One Nation, everyone has something to say on coal
The Newcastle Herald
Thu 4 February, 2021
ONE Nation's Malcolm Roberts accused the National Party of "hypocrisy" after the junior Coalition partner voted with the Liberals to defeat a motion calling on "the Morrison government to build a new coal-fired power station in the Hunter", saying it had "the best thermal coal in the world".
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Does 'nature alone' control global carbon dioxide levels?
The Canberra Times
Thu 4 February, 2021
Australian senator Malcolm Roberts has claimed that nature - not mankind - is solely responsible for the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere.
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The Newcastle Herald
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The false promises of green-tech energy
The Australian
Thu 4 February, 2021
The 100,000 ‘carbon workers’ in Australia deserve better than rubbery jobs figures about the transition to net-zero emissions.
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Explainer: What is the circular economy?
CMO
Thu 4 February, 2021
The circular economy is expected to be worth $4.5 trillion by 2030, according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
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Brands must act now: the clock is ticking
Mumbrella
Thu 4 February, 2021
Late last week the doomsday spruikers said we’re still stuck at 100 seconds to midnight. For those of you unfamiliar with this group of nay-sayers, it’s a bunch of Nobel laureates and other smart people called ‘Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists’.
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Despite obstacles, WTW expert sees growth in renewables as “inevitable”
Insurance Business
Thu 4 February, 2021
Though the renewable energy industry offers an abundance of untapped potential for insurers, there are numerous barriers to its continued growth. According to Willis Towers Watson’s (WTW) annual Renewable Energy Market Review, a hardening insurance market is seeing pricing increase by 10% to 40% across a number of global markets, with even more significant casualty rating increases in certain instances.
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Transmission projects in doubt after AEMC rejects financing rule change
Reneweconomy
Thu 4 February, 2021
Plans to build a new $2.4 billion transmission line between South Australia and New South Wales have hit a potentially significant hurdle after the market rule maker rejected calls by the project developers to allow for a change of rules government financing arrangements.
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How utilities can lead Australia to a hydrogen future
Utility Magazine
Thu 4 February, 2021
There has been a lot of hype about Australia’s future as a hydrogen exporter, with many commentators talking up the prospects of the fuel for the oil and gas industries. A clear-eyed analysis of the near horizon for hydrogen delivers a very different picture. There is definitely significant potential, but the leaders will be utilities using low-cost renewable energy to produce hydrogen. And the most immediate market for their product will be existing domestic markets with the capability to scale.
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Australia’s ebike fever set to continue in 2021
The Fifth Estate
Thu 4 February, 2021
Ebikes are flying off the shelves in Australia, with sales doubling in 2020. Covid inspired a boom in cycling in general last year, according to founder of bike retailer 99 Bikes, Matt Turner.
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Tracking elephants from space
Cosmos
Thu 4 February, 2021
It’s often said that certain geographical landmarks – like the Sahara Desert, or human-made structures like the Great Wall of China – are visible from space. But what about individual animals?
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Carbon positive cattle farms may be more common than we realise
Farm Weekly
Thu 4 February, 2021
THE beef producers behind the big private market soil carbon credit sale to Microsoft believe a significant portion of Australian cattle operations are carbon positive but lack the data to prove it.
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PM, Biden could visit climate 'frontline'
7 News
Wed 3 February, 2021
Scott Morrison and Joe Biden could jointly get a first-hand view of how climate change is impacting on Pacific nations at a meeting later this year.
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Perthnow
The West Australian
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Littleproud outlines key focus of ‘caring for country’ in 2021
Sky News Australia
Wed 3 February, 2021
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has outlined the federal government’s agriculture goals, which aim to empower farmers across the nation and give them the tools to increase productivity and manage the environment.
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New Acland mine ruling in favour of farmers a ‘hammer blow’, says LNP
The Brisbane Times
Wed 3 February, 2021
The High Court ruling in favour of Queensland farmers opposing the proposed expansion of the New Acland Coal Mine is a “hammer blow” to the community, LNP natural resources spokesman Pat Weir says.
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The Age
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Western Australia to splash $35m on virtual power plant pilot
Reneweconomy
Wed 3 February, 2021
The Western Australian government has announced a $35 million pilot program to integrate behind-the-metre generators such as rooftop solar and home batteries into virtual power plants and into the WA grid.
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Gross domestic product is destroying nature, says landmark UK government report
Reneweconomy
Wed 3 February, 2021
A landmark UK government report has called for a thorough overhaul of economic methods for valuing natural assets, arguing among other things that gross domestic product is a short-term metric that allows for the potentially catastrophic exploitation of nature.
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Morrison missing the memo on climate change
Independent Australia
Wed 3 February, 2021
Australia must commit to a net-zero carbon emission target to avoid becoming an international pariah, writes Professor John Quiggin.
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The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The Herald Sun
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New Acland coalmine expansion to be reassessed after high court judgment
The Guardian
Wed 3 February, 2021
Activists have had a victory in the high court, which has upheld an appeal to have the expansion of the New Acland coalmine in Queensland’s Darling Downs reassessed by the state’s land court.
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Reneweconomy
“Apprehended bias:” Community group wins High Court appeal against Queensland coal mine
7 News
Qld farmers in court win against coal mine
Perthnow
The Canberra Times
The West Australian
The Newcastle Herald
Yahoo News
IFM rules out new thermal coal projects after $2.9b energy deal
The Age
Wed 3 February, 2021
One of the country’s largest infrastructure investors has ruled out investing in any new thermal coal assets, after announcing a $C2.8 billion ($2.9 billion) acquisition of an energy-efficient heating operation in Canada.
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The Brisbane Times
The Sydney Morning Herald
WAToday
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Where to now for the ESG market?
Investor Daily
Wed 3 February, 2021
2020 may have been the year ESG ‘came of age’ as an investment strategy, but 2021 is set to be the year the concept expands beyond its traditional focus, according to a global fund manager.
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Australian invented ‘catalyst’ may be key to creating a global hydrogen economy
Reneweconomy
Wed 3 February, 2021
An Australian developed hydrogen ‘catalyst’ could be the key to shifting the global energy system to hydrogen, with its Australian inventors signing a landmark deal to advise the Philippine government on a potential transition to a green hydrogen economy.
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Building pipes with less impact
Utility Magazine
Wed 3 February, 2021
Yarra Valley Water’s Doreen to Diamond Creek Sewerage Project involves constructing a new 10km-long section of sewer pipe, and 17 new sewer maintenance holes, within parkland and road reserves in the Doreen, Yarrambat and Diamond Creek areas.
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Call to arms on a land worth fighting for
The Australian
Wed 3 February, 2021
Call to arms on a land worth fighting for Farmer and climate change scientist Anika Molesworth with dead and dying mulga trees at Rupee Station
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Kering: Why we’re using AI to measure circularity
Inside Retail
Wed 3 February, 2021
Luxury clothing group Kering plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) as well as new technologies to measure its impact and progress toward circularity. Pilot projects have already been developed internally to use AI in its operations and, this year, the group plans to intensify its efforts to develop specific solutions with a focus on innovation, according to Marie Claire Daveu, chief sustainability officer and head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering.
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