Waste 2017: Critical factors for the circular economy in print media

Waste 2017: Critical factors for the circular economy in print media

Wilkins spoke about product stewardship and its production in the industry, what’s been happening around recycling, as well as what he believes is a growing part of the circular economy, which is the initiatives surrounding zero waste.

“Okay, so you’ve done whatever you can as a company both globally and locally, so now you’ve got to ask yourself how you could build on that,” Wilkins said. Read more

Canon aims to be greener with new sustainability initiatives

Canon aims to be greener with new sustainability initiatives

Canon believes it is important to clarify the priority of initiatives when setting environmental goals based on correct understanding of the potential impacts they have on its business activities and the environment.

In addition to its own business activities – such as development, production and sales – Canon seeks to understand the overall picture of environmental impacts through all stages of the product lifecycle – from the manufacture of raw materials or parts by suppliers to transport to retailers and use by the end customer. Read more

Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

Biome becomes first Australian retailer to be awarded B Corp certification

B Corp certification recognises purpose-driven businesses that run with the highest level of transparency and accountability, and are committed to improving social and environmental conditions for all.

B Corps are driven by the value they add to the wider community and not-for-profits which operate at a higher social and environmental level, while considering and being responsible for the impacts of their business.  Read more

CEFC support for new climate bonds signals growth in renewables investment

CEFC support for new climate bonds signals growth in renewables investment

FlexiGroup has issued a climate bond with an underlying asset base of residential rooftop solar, with the CEFC making a cornerstone commitment of $20 million to the $50 million tranche, which was certified by the global Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).

More recently, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has successfully issued its first climate bond – a $650 million transaction linked to a broad portfolio of clean energy assets, with the CEFC being a cornerstone investor in the bond with a $100 million commitment. Read more

South East Water joins newly formed CRC to boost farm productivity

South East Water joins newly formed CRC to boost farm productivity

The Co-Operative Research Centre for High Performing Soils (CRC-HPS) will bring together 42 organisations from Australia and around the world spanning industry, government, research, not-for-profit, and business sectors to help bridge the gap between soil science and farm management.

As the only representative from the water sector, SEW aims to advance soil health in Australian agriculture, and help develop more sustainable food production systems for the country’s farmers. Read more

Redback Technologies supplying energy management services in the UAE

Redback Technologies supplying energy management services in the UAE

Duserve FM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai South, an emerging city with an expected population of one million that will be home to what is planned to be the largest international airport in the world.

With a focus on setting a global example as a sustainable city, predominantly powered by renewable energy, the new partnership will see Redback install its robust, scalable hardware and software solutions in 20 commercial and 20 residential properties. Read more

Future Focus: Getting from a linear to a circular economy

Future Focus: Getting from a linear to a circular economy

We need to make changes to both, particularly the recycling system, at both the macro and micro level, if we are to grow into a more resilient and sustainable circular economy.

In a circular economy, already used materials and products are renewed, reprocessed and integrated back into the economy for overall greater productivity.

According to the National Waste Report 2013, for the period between 2010-11, around 40% of what we produced and used in Australia went to landfill or incineration. Read more

Sydney Markets' environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

Sydney Markets’ environmental upgrade continues with new solar array

The 640kW structure will save 936 tonnes of carbon each year – the equivalent of taking 522 small cars off the road annually – and was built as part of Sydney Markets continued commitment to environmental sustainability.

The extension will provide an additional 350 parking spaces in the multi-level car park, as well as a new 4.5 tonne goods lift.  Read more