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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 […]

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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 […]

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Planning for fire safety in the ACT

The Green Star rated Ginninderry community in the ACT is taking a suburb-wide approach to planning for fire. The development will be something of a living laboratory, with developer Riverview Projects signing a Collaborative Arrangement Agreement with CSIRO. CSIRO Bushfire Urban Design research leader Justin Leonard will be part of the research team, which also […]

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Greater Sydney Commission’s western districts merged

The Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, has issued a formal order for the merger of two Greater Sydney Districts to better facilitate planning around the Western Sydney Airport. The new Western City District encompasses eight local council areas from north of the Hawkesbury River to Bargo in the south and west into the […]

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New Zealand going big on green bonds

New Zealand energy gentailer Contact Energy recently launched the first Climate Bond- certified Green Borrowing Program in NZ in a move that promises to kick start a new arm to this fast evolving green finance sector. Climate Bonds Initiative chief executive Sean Kidney said the NZ$1.8 billion of green finance includes one of CBI’s single […]