The Climate Change Authority (CCA) today released its Final Report on Australia’s Future Emissions Reduction Targets. The report issued by A/G CEO Shayleen Thompson and underpinned by the CCA Chair Bernie Fraser's statement includes unambiguous recommendations for:
- a 2025 target of 30 per cent below 2000 levels
- further reductions by 2030 of 40 to 60 per cent below 2000 levels
The Government is required to decide Australia’s targets soon leading up to COP15 in Paris this December, and has been under plenty of pressure from other parties including China and the USA to provide credible action. The depth of the targets we propose will have immediate domestic policy impacts also, namely in the form of the Safeguard Mechanism which is designed to protect against emissions growth in the absence of a carbon price and in support of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). It is envisaged that significant targets post 2020 must be underpinned by a strong and decreasing baseline under the Safeguard Mechanism under the current Direct Action Policy. Stay tuned!
Sustainability Advantage is a business support service offered by the Office of Environment and Heritage that can help organisations improve their environmental performance, reduce costs and add other value such as enhanced corporate reputation. With a small upfront fee of $3,000, Sustainability Advantage provides the opportunity for businesses to complete a series of facilitated modules including:
- resource efficiency/industrial ecology (energy, water, waste and raw materials);
- supply chain management;
- external stakeholder engagement;
- vision commitment and planning;
- staff engagement; and
- carbon management.
The Resource Efficiency (RE) module offers an initial 20hrs of professional consulting advice to complete a preliminary meeting, site survey and to identify resource efficiency opportunities. Each RE action identified is awarded additional consultant time (up to 40 hours) to complete technical (engineering) assessments, undertake financial feasibility, conduct due diligence and provide implementation support.
The modules’ workflow is shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: OEH Resource efficiency module workflow (Source: OEH)
The interactive structure of the RE module encourages participation by multiple stakeholders and draws on the experience of a trained consultant and Government representatives. This mix of minds and experience results in the identification of highly innovative environmental improvements.
Other benefits of joining the Sustainability Advantage program include:
- Improving your understanding of the relevance and benefits of sustainability to your business;
- Accelerating your sustainability agenda with specialist consultant support, Government grant funding and resourcing;
- Developing strategies to save money and improve productivity;
- Accessing the latest sustainability advice from business and government specialists;
- Broadening your network – providing the ability to meet and share ideas with other organisations in your industry and region.
Membership to the Sustainability Advantage Program also provides access to a series of master classes, workshops and one-on-one support in areas such as green marketing, behaviour change for sustainability, and sustainable event management.
As an accredited Resource Efficiency module provider, Ndevr Environmental can arrange membership and get you started on completing the Resource Efficiency and Carbon Management modules. If you are interested in hearing more about the program, please contact Philip Link.