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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colossal, the company known for its mission to resurrect a woolly mammoth (or at least, an elephant with some very mammoth-like traits), is back with $60 million in Series A funding. But despite the fanfare and cash, there’s not a ton of scientific progress to report.
The inaugural LinkedIn Top Green Voices highlights 15 thought leaders in Australia and New Zealand who are posting insightful content and shaping conversations around sustainability, climate change and protecting the environment.
Voyager Ventures last week announced a $100 million fund focused on early-stage climate tech companies. The size alone is impressive for an inaugural fund, and its backing includes many big names in tech and investing.
There is a solution to reducing carbon emissions that gets less attention than solar panels or electric cars: “choice architecture,” or behavioral design, that can help influence consumers to make better decisions for the climate.
Climate change is an issue that affects everyone on the planet but women and girls are the ones suffering its effects the most. Why? Because women and girls have less access to quality education and later, job opportunities.
As the dangers of climate change become increasingly apparent and documented by scientists, one proposed strategy for avoiding disaster is generating increasing public support: invest heavily in technological innovation.
Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the McKinsey Platform for Climate Technologies (MPCT) to help clients identify, develop, deploy, and scale technologies for transforming carbon intensive products, services, and systems.
Reflecting an unprecedented period in history, the report captures not only the reality of the immense challenges we face amid the ongoing global pandemic, but also the resilient responses that so many impact enterprises offer as solutions.
Impact investing is a rapidly growing segment within sustainable investing. It aims to channel money toward the companies that have a positive impact on the world in which they operate – and to deliver outperformance for investors in the process.
A new start-up claims its technology, using artificial intelligence and spatial data, is the only real-time measure of carbon in the atmosphere and will help catalyse the world’s efforts in combating climate change.
Co-founders of Cecil Earth, Alex and Rory, share their experience going from Boston Consulting Group and transitioning into the start-up sphere and emphasise resilience and problem-solving as essential skills for both roles.
This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released a report that emphasised that the barriers to accomplishing progress on climate change are largely political, not scientific.
Carbon capture can help both reduce the carbon footprint of certain industries and, uniquely, remove legacy carbon from the atmosphere; even the most ambitious emission-reduction scenarios maintain a share of fossil fuels usage, suggesting carbon capture solutions are needed to achieve full decarbonisation.
A growing body of knowledge about climate change and potential solutions. This series traverses disciplines, industries, and opinions with hundreds of deep-dive conversations with science, technology, and climate leaders. Hosted by Jason Jacobs.
António Guterres says the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reveals 'a litany of broken climate promises' by governments and businesses, and accuses some of them of lying in claiming to be on track to limiting future heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. In a strongly worded rebuke, he says: 'It is a file of shame, cataloguing the empty pledges that put us firmly on track towards an unliveable world'
The limp response from many in Australia’s technology and innovation sector to the government’s pre-election budget will have come as a surprise to some within the Coalition, but zero enthusiasm is a fitting response from an industry that has been largely ignored or patronised by prime ministers for the best part of a decade.
Sustainable clothes maker Patagonia will axe all order discounts for its Australian wholesale partners unless they take steps to reduce their carbon footprint in a move aimed to encourage other retailers to take further action against climate change.
The world must abandon fossil fuels as a matter of urgency, rather than entrusting the future climate to untried “techno-fixes” such as sucking carbon out of the air, scientists and campaigners have urged, as governments wrangled over last-minute changes to a landmark scientific report.
Mega gas expansions such as Origin’s Beetaloo Basin project in the NT and Woodside’s Scarborough plans will need carbon offsets to meet investor demands and global rules. Now, some indigenous groups and land-based carbon farmers responsible for creating those credits are getting worried they will enable more emissions.
A collaboration between Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and Eratos will help software engineers and researchers develop more informed, effective and scalable digital solutions for owners and managers of natural and built world assets.
Phil Morle: Today, I am going to talk about $4 trillion moving somewhere else — how global forces are requiring humanity to innovate and how technology might profoundly change industries we have taken for granted as enduring.
The new climate tech investor, founded by AI entrepreneurs and supported by an advisory board which includes a Greenpeace board director and an executive from Google, is focused on backing overlooked start-ups with the potential to collectively remove or replace 1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases (CO2e) over a decade
Climate Tech company LanzaTech has succeeded in engineering new strains of C. auto that would create two additional industrial platform chemicals – acetone and isopropanol (IPA), as well as carbon neutral ethanol.
Qantas on Thursday pledged to lower its net carbon emissions by 25 per cent from 2019 levels by the end of this decade, setting a new target en route to its existing ambition of hitting net-zero by 2050.
Unicorn founder Didier Elzinga and venture capitalist Paul Bassat say proposed budget changes to lift and in many instances remove the cap on employee share schemes puts Australia’s start-up sector on a level playing field with Silicon Valley.
For low-income communities around the world, climate innovations can prove still inaccessible, irrelevant or even futile. If we are all to take part in restoring our planet’s health — which is necessary if we wish to see significant progress on the climate front — innovation will have to expand beyond its current boundaries.
Developed with Australia's Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and leading research institutions, Australia’s Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Research Roadmap details the research required to support Australia's transition to a stable, secure and affordable power system.
Here in Australia we pride ourselves on our world-class coffee. The only problem is that pang of guilt every time we throw one of those plastic-lined disposable cups into the bin – adding up to about a billion of them every year. So whenever a business comes up with an innovative way to reduce café waste, we’re all interested.
A growing cadre of people, many of them young, are fighting climate doomism, the notion that it’s too late to turn things around. They believe that focusing solely on terrible climate news can sow dread and paralysis, foster inaction, and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Australian banks could be forced to count the emissions of residential mortgagees, car financing and other debtors in their official carbon footprint if proposed climate disclosure rules in the United States are formalised later this year.
Frustrated by a lack of reliable and credible market supply of carbon offsets, Telstra says it will instead bolster its own stocks by planting 240 hectares of land in northern NSW to store greenhouse gas emissions.
Up to 80 per cent of the carbon credits issued by Australia’s clean energy regulator are flawed, leaving buyers holding “sham” assets that have failed to reduce the nation’s carbon burden, says Andrew Macintosh, the Abbott government’s former chair of a key market oversight integrity committee.
Federal energy minister Angus Taylor has been slammed for channelling more than $50 million in new subsidies into the gas industry, just as Australia faces fresh international calls to strengthen its emissions reduction targets and emerges from its latest flood crisis.
Corporate venture capital investments in climate tech businesses more than doubled in 2021, setting a new record. Last year, these types of funds funelled $23.2 billion into the sector, which includes renewable energy, energy storage and electric vehicles, among others.
Impact investment company Elbow Beach Capital has launched a venture vehicle with an initial £20 million of committed capital. It is looking to make investments both within the U.K., where it is headquartered, and globally
Hysata, an Australian hydrogen technology company, has developed an ultra-high efficiency electrolyser, a major breakthrough in the industry’s attempt to reach the commercialisation milestone of producing a kilogram of hydrogen for under $2.
Queenslanders are being offered a $3,000 subsidy from the state government to buy an electric car. However, the offer will not apply to all new electric vehicle sales. Here's what you need to know about how the program will work.
U.S: From Coca-Cola to Tesla, companies report emissions in widely different ways. A new federal rule is expected to standardize climate disclosures, putting the U.S. on closer footing with other countries.
IEAl: Periods of energy disruption, like the one we are seeing today, offer an opening for disruptive technologies. A helping hand for clean energy start-ups can help respond to the current energy crisis while also accelerating progress towards climate targets
The Morrison government’s decision to allow the developers of emissions reduction projects from its flagship climate program is likely to deliver a windfall of $1.3 billion or more to the country’s carbon traders.
Companies creating tech solutions to address the climate crisis need to be brutally honest about what could be wrong with their solutions — and then still share those solutions with the world because they can help in other needed areas. "Perfect cannot be the enemy of the solution," Wood said. "If there is an answer, we need all of them."
VC investment in technology companies tackling climate change rose by 62% to $926 million in the 100 days from 31 October – the first day of the summit – to 8 February compared with the same period a year earlier.