Carbon offsets – Part 1: Why GreenPower and LGCs are not carbon offsets

Yesterday, the Department of the Environment and Energy released a statement on the treatment of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for the purpose of making carbon neutral claims against the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). Under the NCOS, RECs in form of large-scale generation certificates (LGCs) can be used to offset scope 2 electricity carbon emissions. […]

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4 tips for developing a robust offsetting strategy

Carbon offsets are becoming a popular tool to indirectly reduce emissions. Before we get to the offsetting stage though, you should focus on addressing direct and indirect emissions in your business and along you supply chain. Investing in low carbon and energy efficient equipment and processes can be more cost effective than buying many offsets […]

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Tourism in a low-carbon economy – Adjusting to a carbon-constrained future

November 7, 2016,

I will be speaking at Ecotourism Australia’s premier event, the 24th Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference  on November 23 in Hobart, Tasmania. Topic of my presentation is the role of tourism in a low-carbon economy, and more specifically, what the industry can do adjust to a carbon-constrained future. Greenhouse gas emissions from the tourism sector make […]

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Conversio Becomes First Australian Signatory of the UNFCCC’s Climate Neutral Now initiative

August 17, 2016,

Conversio Pty Ltd is proud to announce that it is the first Australian company to have signed the pledge to join the Climate Neutral Now initiative, led by the UNFCCC secretariat. Acting in accordance with its mission to support clients to integrate environmental sustainability into their business, Conversio has joined the Climate Neutral Now initiative […]

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Dispelling 4 sustainability myths

Sustainability. You know… that kind of sustainability, the environmental one. The kind of sustainability where as a small business owner you may find yourself asking sceptical questions like “why bother?” or “what’s in it for me?” Or you might think “we already recycle, we’re doing everything we can!” Questions are good, but it’s more important […]

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Carbon management in a climate of uncertainty

May 24, 2016,

For many Australian businesses, climate policy and corresponding reporting requirements have been surrounded by much uncertainty, with the major political parties having different ideas about climate policy. Consequently, in recent times we have seen the proposal for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme being rejected twice by Senate, the introduction and repeal of the carbon price […]

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Achieving energy efficiency through behaviour change: what does it take?

Rising energy costs have become a key cost driver for commercial building owners, managers and occupants alike. Energy and carbon audits are a common approach to obtain detailed information on energy use and saving opportunities. These audits tend to focus on investments in technological interventions and measures that replace existing equipment. But this is only half […]

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Queensland Small Business Week Webinar

Making cents: Unlocking opportunities to save energy and money in your organisation Small businesses need good management for long-term success, and managing your energy efficiency is no different. As part of the 2016 Queensland Small Business Week, Conversio is delivering a free webinar on energy efficiency and sustainability strategy to achieve cost savings and reduce […]

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To trade or tax – Six of one, half a dozen of the other – Or is it?  

With climate change policy seemingly becoming one of the topics of the upcoming elections, it is important that we understand exactly what we are talking about and that we understand the benefits of pricing carbon when discussing the characteristics of policy instruments designed to tackle climate change. You may have already seen the Coalition’s video […]

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On Pricing Carbon – Labor Announced its Climate Change Action Plan

April 27, 2016,

Today, Labor announced its Climate Change Action Plan. Just some thoughts on Labor’s plan on pricing carbon. Let me begin by outlining the general design of the proposed emission trading schemes (ETSs) – yes, there are two. Labor proposes two separate ETSs, one for electricity generators and a “broader” one. The broader ETS will apply to […]

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