12 Sep 2007

Based on the largest survey of environment management practices to be conducted in Australia, this report finds that companies are deeply concerned about greenhouse emissions, and are taking action to reduce their consumption of electricity, gas, water and waste production.

21 Mar 2007

This report is the first attempt to consolidate international findings and reinforce these with local examples and comments to build a compelling business case for green buildings in Australia.

17 Jul 2006

This paper examines non-metropolitan disadvantage in the framework of five key areas: economic capital; institutional capital; social capital; human capital; and natural capital. The report makes a number of recommendations and calls for a whole of government approach – in co-operation with business and community organisations – to decrease inequality between rural/regional and metropolitan centres across a range of areas.

21 Oct 2005

The pursuit of energy efficiency would also seem to be in the interests of any rational producer or consumer, firm or household. Yet the issue at the heart of this inquiry is why producers and consumers do not always seek greater energy efficiency, even when it seems cost effective for them to do so. Why isn’t the market working - or is it? Answering these questions is important in framing a policy response that will provide net benefits for the community.

03 Mar 2005

Australian governments engaged in a major reform program in the 1990s, culminating in the formation of the National Electricity Market (NEM) which commenced operation on 13 December 1998. Today, the NEM supplies electricity to 7.7 million Australian customers on an interconnected national grid that runs through Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. In this paper Stewart Smith reviews the electricity market from a national perspective, and then focuses on the requirements of NSW.

Briefing paper