Posted inWaste and recycling

Shmigel on sorting the waste to energy mess

TALKING RUBBISH: The Clean Energy Finance Corporation recently estimated a national pipeline of up to $7.8 billion in new investments in resource recovery, bioenergy and WTE in the period to 2025; employment benefits of up to 9,000 construction jobs, 2600 indirect jobs and as many as 1400 direct and ongoing jobs, and; the potential across those categories to reduce landfill emissions by as much as 60 per cent.

Posted inSpinifex

Time for associations to step up on climate change

Helen Millicer recalls the “enthusiasm toward sustainability and climate change actions during the Millennium drought and then with election of Rudd in 2007…We were on wave of discussion, new ideas, training, and integration.” What happened? Australia has over 4000 associations representing and providing leadership and guidance to their members. Or do they? From industry, business […]

Posted inPlanning & Design

Considering neurodiversity to create better, more productive workplaces

Kay Sargent, a director of HOK’s global WorkPlace practice, thinks we need to be “brutally honest” about what was and wasn’t working in workspace design before Covid. Even before Covid, stress and burnout rates were skyrocketing, office spaces were underutilised, workplaces were lagging behind on skills, climate change and other environmental issues were going unaddressed, […]

Posted inInvestment/deals/companies

Lendlease’s second green bond also oversubscribed

Australian property company Lendlease has followed up its first oversubscribed green bond with a second. The new $300 million 10-year fixed rate green bond will help fund green building projects, such as Sydney’s Barangaroo, the UK’s International Quarter London and Chicago’s Southbank. As well as reducing the carbon emissions in buildings, the company has flagged […]

Posted inNews from the Front Desk

On the huge appetite for green investments, starting with buildings, animal spirits and a tight skinny window

When The Fifth Estate held its sustainable finance salon in London in 2015 (see the ebook here), we talked about the “irrepressible Sean Kidney, who flew in straight from Beijing, suitcase in hand, to attend the dinner.” Kidney, founder, and pretty well sole operator of the Green Bonds Initiative in those days, was full of […]

Posted inFinance

Why Exxon has been tossed over by a green company and the new Lendlease green bond is oversubscribed

FINANCE: Green bonds and other sustainable finance vehicles are still booming amid the pandemic. In fact they’re seen as lower risk than traditional investments. It’s no surprise then that Australian property companies are getting on board.  Global green bond issuance passed the $1 trillion-mark last week and Australian property giant Lendlease is not missing out on […]

Posted inArticles

News Round Up: green loans, emerging markets, NABERS, Coronavirus assistance  

Westpac issues a green loan for superannuation On Wednesday, Westpac announced Australia’s first green loan designed for the superannuation sector, a $65 million loan to Local Government Property Fund (LGPF) managed by Local Government Super (LGS). LGPF is the fifth entity in Australia to receive a green loan, allowing members to invest in the growing […]