The Archive

All the posts, resources and news from Climate Salad


Transform our world by understanding it

Industry Report Partner Eratos built a platform optimised for physical world data

October 4, 2022

Tips For a San Francisco Tech Trip

Some top insider tips from Mick if you're journeying to SF for the first time.

September 27, 2022

SwitchDin's smart grid is making renewable energy equitable and efficient

SwitchDin paves the way for an intelligent, renewable grid.

September 16, 2022

Australian vine health technology set to grow

Deep Planet is helping Australian viticulture adapt to the effects of a changing climate

September 16, 2022

Climate Salad's Climate Tech Festival and Awards

Australia's innovative climate tech network is proud to present its inaugural Climate Tech Festival and sceond annual awards.

September 14, 2022

Salad team welcomes Jared to the mix

You may know Jared from his previous role as Head of Sustainability at Canva, Climate Salad welcome a new team member.

September 9, 2022

Climate Salad Trade Mission: To the US

Climate Salad is taking a delegation of climate tech companies to San Fransisco and Verge Climate Tech Festival in October 22. Apply now!

September 8, 2022

Data and devices are delivering real time climate impact

Industry Report Partner Wattwatchers uses scaleable tech to intelligently solve complex energy demands

September 5, 2022

Optimising HVAC for comfort and the climate

Hal Systems uses predictive tech to ensure as the demands of HVAC increase, the environmental cost does not.

August 31, 2022

Climate Change: Why are we here?

The earth seems so big, we couldn't possibly use all the resources.

August 30, 2022

Blown away by our biggest showcase yet in Queensland

In partnership with the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur, Queensland Climate Tech Showcase impressed!

August 24, 2022

Sustainability is now everyone's business

Climate Salad had a chat with venture builder, innovation strategist, and community Builder Philippe Ceulen of Mandalay Ventures.

August 15, 2022

Driving the Greatest Climate Impact

Industry Report Partner Wollemi supports climate tech startups with innovative capital solutions, long-term partnership and strategic advisory.

August 5, 2022

Measuring Climate Impact to Avoid Greenwashing

Industry Report Partner KPMG helps companies develop and report climate impact

August 5, 2022

Innovative Insurance from Upsure

We chat with Andrew Birt, co-founder of Upsure and a QLD climate tech showcase partner.

August 5, 2022

How to calculate and reduce the climate risk

Reask build risk models using artificial intelligence, global climate data and high-performance computing to help reduce the protection gap

August 4, 2022

Investors keen to finance climate tech innovation

Technology is critical to solving climate change and the acceleration of capital flows into climate tech is good news for everyone committed to a net zero future.

July 29, 2022

Gathering on the field 

Phil Morle, partner at Main Sequence, describes the Australian climate tech army gathering on the field.

July 22, 2022

Carbon Sync fosters farmers' carbon farming

Carbon Sync helps farmers develop carbon farming systems and sells these carbon credits to businesses.

July 21, 2022

A Sustainable Tomorrow Starts Today with Terran Industries

This all-in-one circular economy match-making platform helps businesses go green

July 21, 2022

The world-first seaweed bioplastic alternative replacing plastics one bottle at a time

Kelpy is at the forefront of marine materials, working to build a future free of fossil fuels and plastic pollution.

July 21, 2022

Recovering engineer turned climate tech investor, meet Alezeia Brown

Recovering engineer turned climate tech investor Alezeia Brown talks to us about the upcoming Queensland Climate Tech Showcase.

July 21, 2022

Agtuary harnesses satellite and climate data to help transform the Agri+Food sector

Industry Report Partner Agtuary's co-founder and CEO Angus Muffatti highlights the critical role of climate tech in revolutionising our global Agri+Food systems.

July 21, 2022

Vyro offers a better way to buy and own an electric car

Industry Report partner Vyro highlights the challenge and opportunity of EVs in the Australian market to address carbon emissions.

July 21, 2022

Accurassi: tech to transform the supply of energy

Industry Report Partner Accurassi provides energy retailers and and financiers with the guidance and personalisation for homes to transition to zero carbon.

July 12, 2022

More Traction helps startups scale for maximum impact

Industry Report Supporter Leo Cerda: "We don't have time to build climate techs that nobody wants"

July 7, 2022

Meat from Microbes: The Fermentation Opportunity

Guest author Nick explores the power of microbes to transform our food systems.

July 6, 2022

BetaCarbon Is Propelling Australian Carbon Markets

Industry Report Partner BetaCarbon's Founder and CEO, Guy Dickinson, highlights the incredible growth opportunity of Carbon Markets.

July 5, 2022

Queensland Climate Tech Showcase is coming in hot!

We are excited to invite you to our Queensland Climate Tech Showcase hosted by Climate Salad and The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur (OQCE)

July 5, 2022

The Triple Win Opportunity of Climate Tech

We've published the inaugural Climate Tech Industry Report - and the Australian and New Zealand climate tech sector is growing strongly.

June 28, 2022

The Climate Connection, the founders, the researchers, the dreamers and me

Researchers, founders and investors formed connections across the value chain of climate tech.

June 24, 2022

Hoopsy paves the way for mainstream eco-pregnancy tests

Founder of Hoopsy, Lara, has created a 99% paper pregnancy test without sacrificing accuracy or convenience.

June 23, 2022

Diverse teams are a powerful force in deeptech

CSIRO Innovation Fund presents the inuagural Woman in Climate Tech Award

May 22, 2022

Mick Liubinskas - Bio

Mick Liubinskas has helped build 100’s of tech companies as a co-founder and with Pollenizer, Startmate, muru-D and Austrade. He co-founded Climate Salad to help build climate-focused startups and help the world get to and beyond net-zero carbon emissions by 2042.

May 22, 2022

Tools for Capital Raising

Climate Salad co-founder Mick shares his top tips for capital raising

May 22, 2022

Building Blocks Planning

Climate Salad co-founder Mick outlines the building blocks planning tool, useful for planning innovative technology businesses by considering sequences and consequences. It's useful for tech businesses who are trying to plan when there are complex interactions between parts and many paths to take.

May 22, 2022

The Inventors: The Climate Connection

On June 9, we're connecting researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors together for climate tech.

May 22, 2022

Climate Tech Showcase coming to Melbourne

Find out who is building great Climate Tech, meet the innovative entrepreneurs building the tech to solve our biggest problem

May 19, 2022

Connecting With Investors On Linkedin

Pitch me the vision, do some research and tell me where you're at

May 19, 2022

A Trillion Positive Decisions

In this episode of The Social Innovation Podcast, host Zal chats with Climate Salad co-founder Mick all things climate tech, and why there are more opportunities to impact climate action than you think.

May 6, 2022

Introducing Olivia Utharntharm, our Programs Manager

Please meet our Programs Manager, Olivia Utharntharm

May 4, 2022

Introducing Jess Taylor, our partnerships manager

Meet Jess our Partnerships Manager here at Climate Salad

May 2, 2022

Melbourne Climate Tech Showcase report

It's always a little nerve-wracking to venture into new territory, but Melbourne did not disappoint with a strong Climate Tech community

April 26, 2022

Announcing our upcoming Climate Tech Industry Report

This industry-first report will deep dive into the ANZ Climate Tech industry.

April 19, 2022

Change Foods: Harnessing the magic of microbes

Delicious, animal-free, climate-friendly dairy is possible with Change Foods

April 13, 2022

Charopy is solving recycling challenges

Recycling company Charopy solves the problem of contaminated corporate recycling

April 13, 2022

Financing for sustainable home improvements with Brighte

Brighte is a credit technology platform for energy improvements

April 13, 2022

Climate Tech Founders Pitch at our Melbourne Showcase

Over 25 founders pitched to a packed showcase in Melbourne on Wednesday April 6. Here is a list of who's who.

April 12, 2022

Bloom launches Australia’s first climate impact investing app

Founders Camille Socquet-Clerc and Bertrand Caron developed Bloom because they wanted to debunk the myth that making money and saving the planet weren't mutually exclusive.

April 11, 2022


April 11, 2022

A powerful force in carbon removal, Stripe's Climate ambitions

Stripe isn't just a Fintech company, it has ambitious plans to be a key player in carbon removal. We caught up with Head of Climate, Nan Ransohoff, about Stripe's plans to create a market for carbon removal by pooling demand.

April 6, 2022

Nicole Kleid Small: I’m no greenie, but now is the time to invest in ClimateTech

Nicole, Investment Director at Rampersand VC and early stage Australian tech investor, argues why it is now so important to invest in Climate Tech - not just to benefit the climate, but to ensure the safety, health and success of people.

April 4, 2022

Giant Leap's Charlie MacDonald Talks Climate Tech

Giant Leap is a proud partner of our Melbourne Climate Tech Showcase. Charlie Macdonald, Associate at Giant Leap, chats his perspective on climate tech before the showcase next week.

April 1, 2022

HydroPoint's Water Shake-Up

HydroPoint's Smart Water Kiosks dispense still or sparkling water and reusable bottles whilst tracking impact, to eliminate single use plastic bottles from the ocean, waterways and landfills.

April 1, 2022

A rocky road to net-zero for energy

There’s an under-appreciated but crucial component of the consumer energy ecosystem that needs attention before it can progress to a net-zero future.

March 31, 2022

Allegro Energy is energising battery development

Allegro Energy have invented a new, patented, water-based electrolyte system that does not compromise on performance, making many battery types not only much cheaper, but also environmentally friendly and compatible with a circular economy.

March 31, 2022

Designing Circular Fashion with A.BCH

A.BCH is leading the charge circular fashion charge by reimagining the future of fashion.

March 31, 2022

eleXsys Energy nominated for Earthshot Prize

eleXsys Energy has been nominated for world’s top environmental award, the Earthshot Prize

March 30, 2022

Insights from Investible's Tom Kline and Patrick Sieb

Tom Kline and Patrick Sieb of Investible's Climate Tech Fund chat all things climate tech. See Patrick in action at our Melbourne Climate Tech Showcase.

March 28, 2022

Impact Fund Giant Leap Makes Giant Impact Supporting Showcase

A gigantic solar powered thank you to Giant Leap for sponsoring our Melbourne Climate Tech Showcase!

March 23, 2022

Reshaping the global food system with Bardee

Bardee is on a mission to revolutionise the global food system, using high quality black soldier fly larvae ingredients for sustainable food production.

March 23, 2022

Listen to WattPod: Mick chats all things climate tech

Have you listened to Mick's chat with WattPod's very own Mitchell Board? Find out how Mick became involved in the climate tech startup space and what drives him towards a net-zero world.

March 22, 2022

Spotlight: Female Founders Creating a More Diverse Future

IWD on March 8 highlights the incredible work of women across the world. But there is still a long way to go to achieve equal opportunity and access for women, and this issue cannot just be raised one day a year. Four female founders share their companies and perspectives on the importance of diversity in the workplace

March 17, 2022

GreenKPI's software for business drives change with action

GreenKPI is the sustainability software driving change with hundreds of sustainability actions on environmental and social impact. Act on and measure your impacts on Energy, Water, Waste and Materials

March 16, 2022

Office of Planetary Observations Makes Urban Greening Easier

Providing environmental insights from satellite in near real-time for the greening of our cities. OPO's mission is to create a healthy ecosystem for all living things using environmental satellite data.

March 16, 2022

Climate Salad Connects at _SOUTHSTART

Climate Salad co-founder Mick Liubinskas and member startups connect to industry leaders and demo their products at _Southstart 2022

March 14, 2022

Terran Industries is Creating a Sustainable Tomorrow

Terran Industries is a B2B match-making platform which helps businesses, organisations and communities reduce their environmental footprint

March 11, 2022

South Start Interactive Town Hall Climate Tech Table

3 actions in 1 week to kickstart climate tech projects

March 11, 2022

The Sun is Shining Bright for BOOMPower

BOOMPower makes it easy to understand, buy, and verify solar, storage and energy efficiency upgrades.

March 11, 2022

Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow, Happy IWD

Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow is this year's theme for International Women's Day and we know that what we do in startups shapes our future.

March 8, 2022

Why Climate Tech Investments Are Mostly Meaningless

WHY CLIMATE TECH INVESTMENTS ARE MOSTLY MEANINGLESS Optimization for financial returns is uncorrelated to generating climate benefits

March 7, 2022

Cecil's pre-seed raise cements them as the global natural capital platform

Cecil raised $1.6M in their pre-seed funding to become the global natural capital platform.

February 21, 2022

BCG delivers exclusive member workshop for our energy companies

BCG delivered an exclusive workshop for our energy companies, sharing key insights into what their corporate clients are looking for and the growing opportunity for climate tech startups.

February 16, 2022

Energy powered by us with The People’s Grid

The People’s Grid allows communities to power themselves. Simply create a Collective and share it with your community to offer simple access to local, renewable energ

February 4, 2022

Village Energy, using AI to increase renewable energy

Village Energy helps utilities improve profitability by optimising the grid edge

February 2, 2022

Accurassi, transforming energy supply

Accurassi (EnTech) provides technology to enable energy retailers to transform how they supply energy.

February 2, 2022

clean energy products and services at record speed and a fraction of the cost

Empowering organisations to accelerate the world beyond net-zero emissions. UPowr’s suite of software enables businesses to rapidly enter the renewable energy market to bring new, clean energy products and services to their customers and ultimately accelerate a cleaner energy future for us all.

February 2, 2022

Carbon accounting is too slow - how technology can help

Carbon accounting is too slow, Climate Salad member Avarni shows us how technology can speed up real climate action.

February 2, 2022

There can be no health (and no wealth) without environmental sustainability

That’s why at Alberts we believe, somewhat sadly, that the best way to achieve a sustainable planetary future is through the same mechanism that has imperilled it, business.

January 24, 2022

Digital Transformation supporting positive environmental change

Twilio supports Climate Tech startups with sponsorsing the Climate Tech Showcase and perks for our members

January 17, 2022

That's a wrap! 2021 in a salad bowl

In a little over 6 months, Climate Salad has grown from a blog into Australia and New Zealand's largest and leading Climate Tech community.

December 16, 2021

Crestone makes sustainable investing a top priority

Crestone wealth management has made sustainable investing a top priority for their business and comes on board to sponsor the Climate Tech showcase.

December 2, 2021

Meet the Climate Tech company using data and automation to help residential property with sustainability: ValAi

ValAi is building the tools the industry needs today so they can meet the sustainable finance demands of society tomorrow.

December 2, 2021

The Inaugural Climate Tech Showcase and Awards 2021

The inaugural Australian and New Zealand Climate Tech Showcase Awards 2021 are here.

November 29, 2021

Climate Action: The Power of Ten

If we can combine these ten elements, we can avert climate disaster

November 29, 2021

Climate Friendly Christmas tips and gift ideas

The waste generated over the Christmas period is eye-watering but here are some tips to have a fun festive season that's also climate-friendly.

November 29, 2021

Climate, the Flywheel, the opportunity, the future, our chat with Ramez Naam

We asked member and huge fan, Alex Logan to give us his take on our event with world-renowned Climate Tech investor and speaker, Ramez Naam.

November 25, 2021

COP26 Insights, Governments will not lead on Climate response

Our resident Climate Scientist, Michael Molitor shares his key takeaways from COP26, and what hope we have for the future of our planet.

November 23, 2021

Our Speaker, Sarah Nolet built an Agtech VC, here's her story

Co-Founder of Tenacious Ventures and speaker at our showcase, Sarah Nolet, shares her journey from blog to Agtech VC powerhouse.

November 23, 2021

Net-Zero, Neutral, Positive - What does it all mean, Trace unpacks some climate language

The sustainability space is full of complex and seemingly contradictory terminology when it comes to claims of climate action. Climate Salad members Trace unpack the language for us.

November 17, 2021

Investing in Climate Tech and supporting the ecosystem with Investible

Investible Climate Tech Fund sponsors the Climate Tech Newcomer Award 2021

November 17, 2021

The 2021 Climate Tech Showcase

You're invited to the inaugural Climate Tech Showcase.

November 10, 2021

Natural Capital start-up supports Showcase, naturally

Climate Tech stary-up Cecil Earth sponsors Climate Salad inaugural showcase and awards

November 10, 2021

What's Possible with Climate Tech investing

Founding Advisor Mandi Gunsberger interviews Chris Hitchen of Possible Ventures

November 10, 2021

Meet the startup using the ocean and gravity as a climate solution

EnergyBank was founded to capitalise on the opportunity of a lifetime while accelerating society's decarbonisation. To do this, we are developing the next generation of energy storage technology.

November 9, 2021

Author and Climate Activist, Sarah Wilson joins us for the Climate Tech Showcase

Bestselling author, climate activist and minimalist, Sarah Wilson will be joining us to speak about 'why addressing the climate crisis is so important'.

November 2, 2021

Revolutionising how Australians engage with dormant goods

Meet the climate tech company revolutionising how Australians engage with dormant goods; World's Biggest Garage Sale.

November 2, 2021

Going Global with John Wood

If you'd like to take your company global, this is the fireside chat and deep-dive Q&A you do not want to miss. John Wood shares his insights into going global and answering your burning questions.

October 29, 2021

Sorry, you can’t tackle the climate crisis by reducing carbon emissions alone

Whether it is global, inter-generational, or racial, you cannot talk about climate change without talking about inequality.

October 28, 2021

AUSTRALIA’S CARBON TARGETS, Are we dinosaurs or winners?

Every Australian State and Territory has announced a 2050 net zero carbon emissions target but what about the Federal Government - are we Dinosaurs or Winners in this?

October 25, 2021

Tools and Resources

IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group I, Summary for Policy-Makers: THE PHYSICAL SCIENCE BASIS

IPCC Sixth Assessment, Working Group I, THE PHYSICAL SCIENCE BASIS, Summary for Policy-makers, August 2021

Basic Tips for Mentors

Tips for mentors

Investor Introduction Template

Tips on getting introductions

Climate Solution by Innovation Stage

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Beyond The Buzzwords

Simple explanations of climate issues and opportunities

Books on Climate Change

Books on climate change, sustainability and the environment

Carbon Pulse News Service

News and intelligence on carbon markets, greenhouse gas pricing, and climate policy

Links: Getting Customers

Links on getting customers

Australian Climate Tech Investor List

A list of climate tech angel and venture capital investors in Australia

Capital Raising Toolkit

Tools for capital raising

Video: Welcome to the Anthropocene

Video about climate change

Links: Climate Change

Links on climate change

Links: Climate Tech

Links on climate tech

Climate Tech News

Tanya Plibersek says she will block Clive Palmer’s proposed coal mine near Great Barrier Reef
Australia’s environment minister says billionaire Palmer’s Central Queensland Coal proposal would likely have ‘unacceptable impacts’ on reef
August 22, 2022
Solar briefly overtakes coal in Australia as number one source of power nationally
For about half an hour on Friday, the national energy market caught a glimpse of what a renewables-powered future might look like. It was not caused by a shortage of coal-fired power, and it happened just outside the sunniest time of the year.
August 22, 2022
Impact Investing: what’s all the fuss about?
Impact investment makes up about 2 per cent of total investments around the globe. It is tiny. But it wasn’t that long ago you could say the same about responsible investing more broadly.
August 22, 2022
BlackRock to spend $1b on batteries in Australia as coal closures loom
The world’s biggest fund manager, BlackRock, has selected Australia for the rollout of its largest investment in grid-scale batteries that will be crucial to driving the shift from coal to clean energy.
August 22, 2022
How climate change is reshaping Australia’s native food industry
Long touted for their far-reaching health, cultural, environmental and social benefits, Australia’s native foods industry is on the precipice of a boom, but as markets finally wake up to the produce’s potential another global factor is increasingly cause for concern.
August 22, 2022
E-Bikes a ‘Faster and Fairer’ Emissions Solution than Electric Cars
“Mass uptake of e-bikes” will also lead to “a significant early contribution” in reducing transport emissions, while asking much less of the power grid, the study found. E-bikes are a double boon to the grid because their home chargers run on existing circuits and draw “relatively low power (500 watts to 1400 watts).”
August 22, 2022
Tesla's big battery started with an Elon Musk Twitter exchange – but behind the scenes, it wasn't that simple
It began with a bet between billionaires. In March 2017, Atlassian chief Mike Cannon-Brookes challenged Tesla boss Elon Musk to make good on a thought bubble about using batteries to solve South Australia's energy problems. "Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free," Mr Musk replied.
August 22, 2022
Revealed: How Mike Cannon-Brookes is spending his $1.5b green fund
Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes is targeting electric vehicles and the electrification of Australia’s homes as the first charitable projects backed by their $1.5 billion green fund.
August 22, 2022
Experts say the net zero concept is often used to delay taking action against emissions
There's a growing consensus on the urgent need to bring down carbon emissions, and the global rallying cry is net zero. This isn't just a climate target, it's become a badge of commitment. There's also a realisation that it won't be easy.
August 22, 2022
Clean-Tech Stocks Surge on Sinema’s Support for Climate Bill
Clean-tech stocks rose to some of their highest levels in months after Democrats won the backing of Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema for their bill to spend $370 billion on climate change measures.
August 22, 2022
IETA Releases Guidelines on Blockchain Use in Carbon Markets
The International Emissions Trading Association issued guidelines on blockchain use in carbon markets. IETA is the main lobby group for the international Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM). It aims to establish a functional framework for trading in GHG emission reductions.
August 22, 2022
The Roadmap of Building the Uber of Climate Tech
Right now, the world is moving too slowly, on track for 2.7 C of warming by 2100, far short of the 1.5 C goal that’s in the Paris Agreement. There’s no longer time for niceties. We need a climate tech startup that’s going to throw its weight around and force evolution on sclerotic governments and companies.
August 22, 2022
Albanese government passes climate bill through the lower house
The Albanese government has passed its climate bill through the lower house with a number of amendments. The new bill locks in a 43 per cent emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050 which is an update to Australia's obligations under the Paris Agreement.
August 22, 2022
Bright sparks fly
As organisations are forced to confront unprecedented rises in energy costs, an emerging group of Australian innovators in the energy sector is finding new opportunities and scaling for growth.
August 22, 2022
Seagrass Restoration Project Aims To Help Tackle Climate Change
Cawthron Institute has partnered with Westpac NZ Government Innovation Fund, Port Nelson and forestry company OneFortyOne to launch a seagrass restoration project that aims to fight climate change and improve ecosystem health.
August 22, 2022
Blue Heart: how the Maroochy River catchment could be part of the solution to climate change
A project to restore and protect the Maroochy River catchment as a solution to climate change has received a major grant. The Blue Heart project received $2 million from the Federal Government’s Blue Carbon Ecosystem Restoration Grants. The project aims to transition the Maroochy floodplain from its former uses as cane farms and other rural activities back to natural estuarine systems.
August 22, 2022
A ‘nation of innovation’ can tackle climate change
Of the new crop of members in the House of Representatives delivering maiden speeches on Tuesday evening, Labor’s Sally Sitou was up first, as Independent Zoe Daniel closed the evening.
August 22, 2022
Celebrating new ways of reducing CO2 - the art of cutting carbon
Scientists have invented a magical gadget that sucks the ink off printer paper so each sheet can be used 10 times over. They aim to cut the amount of planet-heating carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the paper and pulp industry by reducing demand for office paper.
August 22, 2022
Google, Singapore’s MAS Launch Climate Fintech Incubator Program
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the central bank and financial regulator of Singapore, and Google Cloud announced today the launch of the Point Carbon Zero Programme, a new initiative aimed at driving the innovation, incubation, and expansion of climate FinTech solutions in Asia.
August 22, 2022
Seven megatrends that will shape the next 20 years
A once-in-a-decade report from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, identifies seven global megatrends that hold the key to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
August 22, 2022
What’s really behind the failure of green capitalism?
How is it, despite a steady drumbeat of extreme weather events, a rising tide of public outcry, and growing consensus across the political spectrum, that the world remains so profoundly far from the outer limits of the climate targets considered “safe”?
August 22, 2022
On how the built environment sector is about to be disrupted – $2 trillion a year for climate startups
When the bad news comes in about climate change – and there’s been plenty of it in the past week – it’s easy to start feeling helpless. But that’s only half the story – and now Silicon Valley is watching!
July 26, 2022
'Hot and stressed' grapes: Start-up helps winemakers survive climate change with AI and satellite tech
Oxford start-up Deep Planet is leveraging AI and satellite imagery data to help wine growers and producers adapt to climate change.
July 26, 2022
World Fund joins $128M bet that quantum can deliver climate breakthroughs
World Fund, a newcomer in climate-VC land, is taking the lead in a $128 million round for IQM, with hopes the Finnish quantum computing company will one day deliver carbon cuts by the megatonne.
July 26, 2022
Climate Tech Funding Is Showing Signs of Resisting Market Turmoil, But It’s Complicated
Investment totals held steady in the second quarter while deal count is down
July 26, 2022
Biden unveils $2.3bn plan to fight climate change
US President Joe Biden has announced $2.3bn (£1.9bn) to help build infrastructure that can withstand extreme weather and natural disasters.
July 26, 2022
€2 billion underground ‘water battery’ turns on in Switzerland
A giant ‘water battery’ capable of storing as much energy as 400,000 electric car batteries has been switched on in Switzerland.
July 26, 2022
Early-stage climate tech offers a bright spot amid the gloom
Climate tech startups raised nearly $19 billion in the first half of 2022, on pace to nearly match last year’s record $40 billion in investments. The volume of deals was up 76%, to 477 transactions, compared to the year-earlier period and even 36% higher than the second half of 2021.
July 26, 2022
Plant-based meat by far the best climate investment, report finds
Investments in plant-based alternatives to meat lead to far greater cuts in climate-heating emissions than other green investments, according to one of the world’s biggest consultancy firms.
July 26, 2022
Canberra will ban new petrol cars from 2035 in a bid to squash carbon emissions
Motorists will be banned from purchasing new “fossil fuel” vehicles in the nation’s capital from 2035.
July 26, 2022
Australia 'on track' to generate half its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, report finds
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering says the country's renewable energy share will rise to 69 per cent by 2030
July 26, 2022
Systemiq secures $70 million to fund early-stage climate tech founders
Systemiq says it is out to fund founders who are focused on making large industries and cities “more efficient and sustainable.” In practice, it’ll fund key areas like regenerative land use, oceans, transportation and the circular economy.
July 26, 2022
Breaking from China’s clean energy dominance ‘imperative’, US and Australia say after new climate tech deal
New agreement to fast-track climate solutions signed as countries underscore need for diversified supply chains
July 14, 2022
Climate tech gets a $100m shot in the arm
Australia’s fast-emerging climate tech industry has received a $100 million booster shot from Qantas employees’ superannuation fund and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, helping it remain immune to the malaise infecting the broader technology sector.
July 14, 2022
Treasury to model economic impact of climate change after 9-year break
The federal Treasury is modelling the impact of climate change on the Australian economy and the national budget, re-starting work abandoned for almost a decade.
July 14, 2022
Renewables remain cheapest, but cost reductions on hold
Renewables remain the cheapest new-build electricity generation option in Australia, although inflation and supply chain disruptions will likely put cost reductions on hold for the next year, CSIRO’s annual GenCost report has found.
July 14, 2022
Twiggy-backed accelerator aims to give Indigenous entrepreneurs a dream start
The free program which starts on August 2 will see 40 successful applicants selected to participate in workshops and presentations that will give them the know-how and skills to raise funds (whether it be angel investing, crowdfunding or venture capital), how to create a business model, a go-to-market strategy, and more.
July 14, 2022
We’ve overexploited the planet, now we need to change if we’re to survive
Addressing the twin challenges of carbon emissions and biodiversity loss requires political will and leadership. Ambitious commitments must be made
July 14, 2022
How much is a mangrove forest worth? In some places, $850,000 per hectare.
Thousands of kilometers of shoreline would qualify as cost-effective candidates for mangrove forest and coral reef restoration, thanks to their ability to reduce flooding, new research shows.
July 14, 2022
Countries set to join carbon markets as the world demands a green economic transition
For decades, carbon markets have been seen as part of the solution to climate change. They have mostly been dominated by the private sector, but this will soon change
July 14, 2022
CSIRO launches virtual Hydrogen Knowledge Centre
An online centre consolidating Australian hydrogen research and industry activities has been launched by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, aimed at supercharging the development of a clean and competitive hydrogen industry.
July 14, 2022
Meet the Adelaide fintech startup that’s about to revolutionise how banks issue green home loans
Home owners could soon save money on loans and insurance by making their homes more energy efficient, while banks and insurers gain new insights into the sustainability of their residential portfolios, thanks to Adelaide-based fintech startup ValAi.
July 14, 2022
Australia’s $4.2bn climate tech startup sector is booming – Mick Liubinskas reveals the ones to watch
Leading Australian tech startup angel investor Mick Liubinskas has turned his focus to climate tech. Here’s some of the startups to keep an eye on over the coming years.
July 5, 2022
This maggot farm is growing jobs along with animal food
Olympia Yarger is creating new jobs almost as fast as she’s breeding maggots. Her food-waste-management start-up, Goterra, breeds fly larvae (maggots) and houses them in internet-connected, remote-controlled shipping containers into which customers dump their food waste
July 5, 2022
2000 new jobs: The climate tech report every Australian politician needs to read
Australia’s nascent climate tech sector is already worth $4.2 billion and could deliver more than 2,000 new jobs in next 12 months, according to a landmark new report by Climate Salad.
July 5, 2022
Meet the Adelaide fintech startup that’s about to revolutionise how banks issue green home loans
Home owners could soon save money on loans and insurance by making their homes more energy efficient, while banks and insurers gain new insights into the sustainability of their residential portfolios, thanks to Adelaide-based fintech startup ValAi.
July 5, 2022
Advantageously, these super functional seedling pots solve the inherent problems with plastic pots: excess watering, nutrient runoff and transplanting needs.
July 5, 2022
What Big Tech can do following SCOTUS’ big climate ruling
The Supreme Court has issued a major ruling on the government’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases. We’ll be looking at what tech can do to fill the void as well as Frontier’s big carbon removal purchase. Join us as we try to make climate lemonade.
July 5, 2022
The Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling Is Going to Be Very, Very Expensive
The agency can still regulate carbon pollution, just not in the most efficient, system-wide ways.
July 5, 2022
How the Supreme Court ruling will gut the EPA's ability to fight the climate crisis
The Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a major blow to climate action by handcuffing the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate planet-warming emissions from the country's power plants, just as scientists warn the world is running out of time to get the climate crisis under control.
July 5, 2022
‘Historic decision’: EU to end sale of polluting cars from 2035
The European Union only wants zero-emission or climate-neutral new cars and vans – meaning without combustion engines running on diesel, petrol and natural gas – to be placed on the market and sold as of 2035.
July 5, 2022
Green hydrogen startup raises $1.38 million from crowdfunding
Aspiring green hydrogen producer LINE Hydrogen has raised $1.38 million from crowdfunding as it looks to play its part in Australia’s renewable energy mix.
July 5, 2022
Jolt, Endeavour to install up to 1000 EV charging stations in Sydney
Australian electric vehicle charging firm JOLT Charge and Endeavour Energy have partnered in a plan to install up to 1000 electric vehicle chargers in Sydney, as the electricity network provider positions itself to capitalise on an expected rise in zero emission vehicles.
June 27, 2022
Tech Zero episode 3: the sludge that could save BHP’s carbon footprint
The dam at Mt Keith is a leading global example of “mineral carbonation”, a chemical reaction triggered when the mine’s magnesium-rich wastes interact with air, leading to carbon dioxide being sucked out of the atmosphere and locked away in secure mineral crystals.
June 27, 2022
BP takes 40% stake in vast $30bn Australian renewables project
Solar, wind and green hydrogen scheme aims to generate equivalent to third of nation's capacity.
June 27, 2022
$9 Billion For Climate Tech Startups, Tesla’s Tough Quarter And Flooding In Yellowstone
This week’s Current Climate, which every Saturday brings you the latest news about the business of sustainability
June 27, 2022
NSW's largest coal mine to close
Mining giant BHP fails to find a buyer for its Mt Arthur operation in the NSW Hunter Valley, and announces it will close the site in 2030
June 27, 2022
Here’s why climate tech may avoid repeating clean tech’s failures
There are myriad reasons why so many companies went belly up. Some had the right tech at the wrong time. Many relied on venture capital, which typically seeks returns on a timeline that’s unforgivingly brief for deep tech companies. Others were undercut by foreign competitors. Whatever the reason, the collapse spooked venture capitalists, who avoided the sector for years despite the potential for enormous long-term gains.
June 27, 2022
NSW to make single biggest investment in renewable energy
The NSW government is to make its single biggest investment in renewable energy infrastructure, committing $1.2 billion to fast-track critical transmission projects to deliver cheaper and more reliable power.
June 27, 2022
Six books on climate change that offer hope rather than bleakness
We asked six environmental experts to each nominate a book about the climate crisis that offers hope.
June 27, 2022
Ampol throws support behind the next gen of females in climate tech
Ampol has announced a new partnership with EnergyLab that will work to support the next generation of female entrepreneurs in climate technology.
June 27, 2022
Deloitte Pegs Price Tag of Climate Inaction at $178 Trillion over 50 Years
A new research report released today by Deloitte highlights the stark economic differences between taking a coordinated global approach to climate action and failure to act, with inaction on climate change poised to lead to as much as $178 trillion in GDP destruction over the next 50 years, while achieving global climate goals could result in $43 trillion of economic benefit over the same period.
June 27, 2022
These charts show where climate tech money is going - and where it isn't
Publicly funded research into climate change is going to the wealthiest nations and ignoring new technologies that could ameliorate the effects faster, according to new research.
June 27, 2022
Australia could rapidly shift to clean transport – if we had a strategy.
Australia has no clear strategy to decarbonise transport. That’s a problem, because without a plan, our take-up of clean technologies like electric cars, trucks and buses is slow.
June 27, 2022
Four key climate change indicators break records in 2021
his is yet another clear sign that human activities are causing planetary scale changes on land, in the ocean, and in the atmosphere, with harmful and long-lasting ramifications for sustainable development and ecosystems, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
June 27, 2022
New Zealand targets EVs, industry with new $2.8 billion climate response fund
The New Zealand government said on Monday it would set up a NZ$4.5 billion ($2.83 billion) climate response fund, spending at least NZ$2.9 billion on cutting pollution over the next four years as it targets net zero emissions by 2050.
June 27, 2022
World Economic Forum VCs alone can not solve climate change
World Economic Forum VCs alone can not solve climate change. We need global and purpose-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems
June 24, 2022
Stone and Chalk group diversifies Australia’s climate tech
Stone and Chalk group diversifies Australia’s climate tech offerings, says CEO Fostering innovation in the start-up ecosystem.
June 24, 2022
European climate investors are under-investing in agrifoodtech's potential
Climate investors may want to take a closer look at emerging opportunities in agrifoodtech, according to new research from AgFunder and Invest-NL
June 24, 2022
Understanding the SEC’s proposed climate risk disclosure rule
A new rule proposed by the SEC would require companies to significantly increase their reporting on climate risk. We look at the implications for senior executives.
June 23, 2022
Research shows native plants can detox PFAS-contaminated water
New research from Australia's national science agency CSIRO, the University of South Australia and the University of Western Australia has found that PFAS chemicals can be removed from contaminated water using Australian plants grown in a floating wetland.
May 16, 2022
Small Steps by Giant Leap: CSIRO’s $13b roadmap for clean, green proteins
Small Steps Vol 54: Australia's clean protein opportunity 🌿; flipping healthcare with value-based companies 👩‍⚕️; and HolonIQ’s state of impact funding 💸
May 16, 2022
Postcards from the frontlines of climate change
Australia has some 16 Pacific Island neighbours — some with a landmass a millionth our size — who unanimously declare climate change the “single greatest threat” to the region.
May 16, 2022
The climate champions hoping to play kingmaker in Australia’s election
The pro-business, pro-environment ‘teal independents’ could help to usher in a greener government in the May 21 vote
May 16, 2022
Thousands of EV chargers to be installed across regional NSW
More than 3000 electric vehicle chargers will be installed across NSW under a multimillion-dollar plan by the state government to boost regional tourism
May 16, 2022
‘Climate entrepreneurs deserve fast capital’: Enduring Planet unwraps a new fintech platform
Enduring Planet, a new fintech firm that exclusively funds climate entrepreneurs, is taking the wraps of its first product after securing $5 million in debt and equity financing.
May 16, 2022
Race to cut carbon emissions fuels climate tech boom
Investors are pouring money into start-ups that want to build a greener economy
May 16, 2022
What’s Lost When We Talk ‘ESG’ and Not ‘Sustainability’
In recent years, ESG — which stands for environmental, social, and governance — has become a dominant term. Within the narrow world of the sustainability expert community, the battle royale is raging about sustainability versus ESG and the implications of shifting semantics. I don’t want to litigate what these words mean, but I do want to look at why ESG has taken over so fast and discuss some risks I see from the term’s adoption.
May 16, 2022
McKinsey launches climate change tech platform
Global consulting major is enhancing support for sustainable tech clients, building on the McKinsey Sustainability division created to consolidate its E&S business services.
May 16, 2022
VC Giant Leap pioneers linking carbon reduction to startup company revenue
Giant Leap has become the first VC fund in Australia to set a minimum emissions reduction target for climate technology investments.
May 16, 2022
NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap
The NSW 20-Year R&D Roadmap (Roadmap) is a recommendation of the Turning ideas into jobs: Accelerating R&D in NSW Action Plan. The Roadmap sets out a 20-year vision for NSW to produce more world-leading new technologies, products and services, and develop and sustain globally competitive advantages and future industries that improve productivity, standards of living, quality of life, and the natural environment.
May 16, 2022
Stanford Gets $1.1 Billion for New Climate School From John Doerr
The billionaire venture capitalist said the study of climate change and sustainability would be the “new computer science.”
May 16, 2022
Biden Allocates Over $3 Billion to Develop Domestic EV Battery Supply Chain and Production
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Monday funding of more than $3 billion to support domestic battery production, supply chain development and recycling, aimed at boosting the Biden’s administration’s goals to significantly ramp vehicle electrification in the U.S., and to bolster the country’s energy independence
May 16, 2022
Grok Ventures is now AGL's largest shareholder.
Grok Ventures believe the Board’s plan to split AGL into two companies would deliver a terrible outcome for shareholders, customers, Australian taxpayers and the planet. Decarbonisation is one of Australia’s biggest economic opportunities and a vital challenge the world needs to solve.
May 4, 2022
Politicians are basking in the ‘thrill’ of fossil fuels, but this election is Australia’s last chance to reset our climate attitude
Despite being a top issue for Australians, climate action has been completely sidelined in favour of the total sham to expand gas and coal
May 4, 2022
Lab-grown meat and insects 'good for planet and health'
Dining on the likes of lab-grown meat or ground-up insects could lead to big savings in carbon emissions and water, as well as freeing up land for nature.
May 4, 2022
Why we need to stop kidding ourselves about climate change
Climate change connects crucial Australian interests, and we are the developed country that has most to lose from climate disruption.
May 4, 2022
Dimming the sun could expose 1 billion more people to malaria
A new study illustrates how geoengineering doesn’t just turn back the clock on climate change, it alters the climate in new and perhaps profound ways
May 4, 2022
UK scoops up 18% of Europe’s cleantech investment – report
UK companies attracted 18% of Europe’s cleantech investment amid a record year of funding for the sector, according to new data. The report, compiled by IP and R&D tax credit firm GovGrant, shows that last year investors poured £134bn into cleantech firms across Europe.
May 4, 2022
Report: Climate tech is hitting peak maturity
Climate tech has seen the biggest gain since its last run-up and subsequent bust in the early 2000s, according to a new report Silicon Valley Bank provided exclusively to Axios
May 4, 2022
This Earth Month, Day One Ventures Commits 20% of Current Fund to Climate Tech Companies
Day One Ventures' goal is to deploy 20% of its current fund over the course of the next 12 months into early-stage companies focused on solving the climate crisis.
May 4, 2022
The world’s wetlands are slipping away. This vibrant sanctuary underscores the stakes.
It’s been 50 years since an international treaty to protect wetlands was created but, around the world, wetlands are still disappearing three times faster than forests.
May 4, 2022
The Great Carbon Opportunity — Part 1: pricing and measuring climate and environment
It has been our long held thesis that we are in the early stages of a decade long shift where ‘externalities’ are priced into financial and corporate decision making. The rapid development of the carbon and climate markets are the next exciting evolution of this theme.
May 4, 2022
The Great Carbon Opportunity — Part 2: the land grab for the rails of a new asset class
In valuing real assets we’ve over indexed current revenue streams. Carbon is being priced and becoming an asset and this is a new vector of potential monetisation of natural assets and the environment. We will need infrastructure to support this shift.
May 4, 2022
President Biden Signs Executive Order to Strengthen America’s Forests, Boost Wildfire Resilience, and Combat Global Deforestation
Today, on Earth Day, President Biden will sign an Executive Order to expand his Administration’s historic and bold efforts to tackle the climate crisis, make our nation more resilient to extreme weather, and strengthen local economies.
May 4, 2022
Kiwi emissions credits startup Carbon Crop tops up with $1.73 million in pre-Series A
New Zealand based CarbonCrop is a purpose led business with an impressive technology solution bringing a greater level of integrity to carbon credit assessments
May 4, 2022
Leaft Foods is enabling the extraction of protein from the most abundant commodity of any plant - its leaves. On the back of this breakthrough, the company has raised a Series A round of $15M
May 4, 2022
Environmental impact statement released for Sun Cable's $30 billion solar energy project
Plans to build a massive solar energy project would result in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in northern Australia
May 4, 2022
Climate change will transform how we live, but these tech and policy experts see reason for optimism
It’s easy to feel pessimistic when scientists around the world are warning that climate change has advanced so far, it’s now inevitable that societies will either transform themselves or be transformed. But as two of the authors of a recent international climate report, we also see reason for optimism.
May 4, 2022