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Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie bought Dunk Island recently, pledging to preserve its natural environment.

Private conservation investment ‘critical’ to saving Australia’s environment

But more action from governments is needed to enable such investment, which already accounts for 6 per cent of all protected land in Australia.

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  • Hannah Wootton

This Month

Atlassian, in partnership with Dexus, is planning a 39-storey hybrid timber office tower adjacent to Sydney’s Central Station.

Carbon solutions lie with tall timber

Using timber to build skyscrapers might sound fanciful, but climate change is demanding a rethink.


by Built

Investments held in ESG-focused ETFs soared by 50 per cent last year to $US 2.8 trillion.

Aussie start-up takes on notoriously shallow ESG data

Ignorance is no longer a defence when explaining lapses in environmental, social and governance issues.


by FairSupply

ResourceCo has recycled 60 million tonnes of materials, producing more than 2 million tonnes of circular economy carbon abatement to date.

Unlocking the untapped value of ‘waste’

The circular economy promises big dividends in terms of jobs and GDP.


by ResourceCo

Officeworks has teamed up with Brisbane start-up the World’s Biggest Garage Sale.

Going full tilt at closing the circle

Leading Australian companies such as Officeworks are setting the pace in the drive towards a circular economy.


by Officeworks

Pilbara Minerals’ CEO Dale Henderson said the company’s latest lithium spodumene concentrate auction was heavily contested with plenty of active bidders.

Pilbara’s lithium auction eases off record price

Pilbara Minerals has accepted a small discount for its latest auction of lithium spodumene concentrate from the record price struck in June, a sign the lithium boom may have peaked for now.

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  • Ben Potter
Rooftop solar is a no-brainer financially for households, but home batteries are yet to stack up.

Home battery storage still doesn’t make financial sense

There’s really no way to sugar-coat it – buying a home battery storage system at current prices is a licence to lose money.

  • Tristan Edis
Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen and US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm sign a deal to cooperate on decarbonisation technologies in Sydney.

‘Can’t be held to ransom on renewables’

Australia is using newly minted alliances on decarbonisation and critical minerals as part of a strategy to reduce reliance on costly fossil fuels.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Petrol stations in the UK are running out of fuel due to a shortage of truck drivers.

Why the energy crisis will get worse

Five factors could make the current crisis worse than the oil shocks of the 1970s. In the 1970s, only oil was involved, whereas this crisis encompasses natural gas, coal, and even the nuclear-fuel cycle.

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  • Daniel Yergin
Dr Fatih Birol speaks at the Sydney Energy Forum on Tuesday.

This is the ‘first global energy crisis’ and it will get worse

The head of the International Energy Agency has warned that the global energy crisis will worsen as the northern hemisphere winter approached, while voicing confidence that clean energy will help resolve the crunch.

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  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
The Thames Estuary sprouts windfarms: access to green metals for electrification is essential.

Renewable supply chains must adapt to new energy world

The world needs to show the same rapid diversification of green energy materials that it did after the oil shocks of the 1970s.

  • Fatih Birol
A bucket-wheel reclaimer

Gas, coal project approvals in firing line

Approvals for projects by Woodside, Origin Energy and Whitehaven Coal are among those an environmental group wants the minister to rethink.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Sun Cable will involve a large solar farm near Tennant Creek to generate power for export to Singapore.

China risk looms large for solar panels: IEA

Governments are being urged to diversify their supply chains for solar PV given China’s growing market dominance.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Encouraging EV uptake also requires making sure there is a massive charging network available.

Don’t bet on consumers being willing energy transition partners

Planners assume households will change behaviour as part of the shift to a renewables-based grid. But what is actually needed is a national plan for what people actually want.

  • Lynne Gallagher

‘That’s not reality’: Chevron exec on demand for gas, oil and blue hydrogen

Gorgon LNG is storing carbon at barely half the promised rate but Chevron’s CCUS boss Chris Powers says the technology must be embraced for everyone’s sake.

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  • Peter Ker

Why is it raining so much (and is there more to come)?

Sydney has posted its wettest year on record, and it’s only halfway through. So what is causing the downpour, and why is Sydney prone to flooding, particularly now?

  • Mark Ludlow
TransGrid’s Wallgrove battery in western Sydney secured ARENA funding in a previous grant round.

$3.7b of battery projects battle for ARENA funding

Some $3.7 billion of proposed large-scale battery projects will vie for $100 million of funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in a grant round that was swamped with applications.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
Australia has an opportunity to be at the forefront of the switch to renewable energy.

How Australia can be a clean energy industrial success

European countries have de-industrialised to cut emissions. Our competitive advantage means we can follow a different path in a net zero global economy.

  • Tony Wood
Coal jobs are set for a steep decline over the next three decades.

‘Extraordinary challenge’ to transform industry: Grattan

Focused support for green steel and aluminium, strict emissions limits and regional initiatives are among Grattan’s top ideas for Australia to seize the net zero opportunity.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
A worker shovels up coal on a freight train in Huaibei, Anhui province.

China coal: fat margins for producers as green energy pauses

The rest of the world’s aversion to buying Russian coal just means plentiful, cheaper sales for China.

  • The Lex Column