Ethical Investing

‘Buffer lands’ key to post-coal growth

Post-coal planning for one of Australia’s biggest regional economies must include the vast buffer around current mining operations to give the Hunter a chance at future growth, research suggests. The scheduled closure of Hunter coal mines will free up 130,000 hectares of land over the next 20 years, economic modelling released on Wednesday has found. […]

Aussie ag tech helps growers farm carbon

Australian grain growers are being encouraged to get into the carbon market, with a new partnership linking farmers to soil carbon technology. The partnership, between GrainCorp and biotech company Loam Bio, was announced on Tuesday at a national carbon farming expo in Albury. “We’re working across NSW and Victoria … looking at ways we can […]

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Aust ‘back on the map’ for green investors

A federal government with more ambition on energy and climate policy has lifted Australia out of the naughty corner for global capital. “This is now a very significant market opportunity by global standards,” leading renewable energy investor David Scaysbrook said on Tuesday. “What’s attractive about it is the sheer scale and the time frame over […]

Renewables can’t do it all, gas chief says

The world needs all forms of energy to work together to reach net-zero emissions, oil and gas executives have been told. It took 150 years to build the current industrial economy and it must be reconstructed in three decades, gas executive Ian Davies said in his opening address on Tuesday at Australia’s largest fossil fuel […]

Oil, gas bosses mull zero-emission options

The oil and gas industry is trying to reinvent itself to survive in a future carbon-neutral economy. Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher said on Wednesday that the momentum of the energy transition must be maintained without compromising energy security. “We can only do this through decarbonisation, not de-fossilisation,” he told Australia’s biggest oil and gas industry […]

New hydrogen hubs announced for WA

The locations of new hydrogen hubs and critical mineral grants will be unveiled by the prime minister in Western Australia as Scott Morrison says the developments will bring thousands of jobs to the sector. The Pilbara in the state’s north and Kwinana in Perth will become the home of two new hydrogen hubs, with $140 […]

‘Tis the season to make brands pay up

Melissa Meehan (Australian Associated Press)     “This Christmas, we want shoppers to demand better from the brands they love so that our celebrations don’t come at the expense of the women who make our clothes and their families,” she said. Just Jeans, Lorna Jane and Peter Alexander have been put on Oxfam’s naughty list […]

Impact fund to invest in women and girls

Marion Rae (Australian Associated Press)   A women and girls fund launched on Wednesday by Australian investment organisation Global Impact Initiative already has more than $300 million in commitments. The Global Gender Equality Fund is the world’s first, actively managed, impact investment fund focused on women and girls, according to GII’s founder and chief executive […]

Business has rising concerns over climate

Two new surveys have highlighted the concerns of business in dealing with climate change, which risks putting trillions of dollars at stake unless rapid action is undertaken. A report by Deloitte has found 74 per cent of Australian executives see the world at a tipping point for responding to climate change, up from 52 per […]

‘Big unmet need’ for smallest heart device: Super funds increasingly look for carbon neutral and socially responsible investments

Marion Rae (Australian Associated Press)   A tiny life-saving gadget has been almost 20 years in the making. The ultrasonically-activated implant, the Wireless Stimulation Endocardially (WiSE) device, is the size of a grain of rice and sits inside the left ventricle of the heart to help it pump enough blood. The developer of the world’s […]

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