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News in brief, January 31, 2008

EPA Victoria trading scheme to start by mid-year (with audio) * NPI releases new fuel tank emissions handbook, Queensland releases stormwater best practice guide * Defence seeks site remediation companies * Petrol vapour project awarded $480,000 federal grant * 'Don't focus on the green consumer' (audio link)

News in brief, January 25, 2008

Five Australian companies feature in global 'top 100' sustainability listing * TV sector warned of 'strong political will' to act on energy efficiency * ACTU chief to speak at Davos sustainability forum * Tasmania to draft contamination audit regulations * Environment chiefs to Garnaut – don't give us the third degree

* Australian Industry Group urges fund for water projects * SA Cabinet looks to Greenhouse Friendly scheme in carbon neutral push * ANU professor sets out health challenges of environmental degradation * Victoria seeks advisory council nominees * Ecolabel scheme proposes new draft standard

News in brief, January 22, 2008

Generators to Garnaut – make sure we can pass on all carbon costs and give us a safety valve * APPEA warns on renewables target * NSW coal-fired generators carrying $15 billion in carbon liabilities

* WWF pushes global Earth Hour (with video) * Australia Institute calls for mandatory carbon charge on flights * Queensland invites bids for ecoBiz funding * Biobanking guide published

News in brief, January 21, 2008

Industry association calls for abolition of national energy efficiency program * Federal government says energy efficiency data not up to scratch * EPA Victoria says environmental offsets can lead to better outcomes * SA to trial kerbside food waste program as NSW issues kerbside guide * Nominations open for Tasmanian awards

* Global fuel, power and transport businesses urge renewable energy milestones and greater government efforts * Carbon Disclosure Project urges business to explore supply chain emissions * UK overhauls legislation on nuclear, renewables and carbon capture and storage

News in brief, December 17, 2007

Energy ministers approve 'stage two' energy efficiency package * Magistrate fines construction company $95,000 * Carbon risk – more than 40 ASX200 companies could suffer material losses * National Pollutant Inventory releases new guidance * NSW offers renewables funding * Sydney Water issues water conservation guidelines * SA approves $40 million foundry expansion

News in brief, December 13, 2007

The lion of Brisbane is now the lamb of Bali, says Opposition * Penny Wong takes the UN stage * Victoria to use energy performance contracts to boost green rating * City West Water achieves carbon neutrality * Funding on offer to Victorian councils

News in brief, November 20, 2007

Ecodollars or dollars? EPHC seeks help with impacts of waste and e-waste * Pilot carbon storage project shows regulatory challenges * Woolies sets out sustainability targets * Property group halves water use in two city buildings, beats 2007-08 water target ahead of schedule

News in brief, November 16, 2007

SA Greens win Upper House solar bill changes but knocked back on national electricity bills* WA waste bill passes Lower House * Environment group urges refundable deposit scheme for car batteries * Power generation largely behind 22% rise in NOx * NSW looks for 2008 Green Globe award winners

News in brief, November 13

Qld businesses told to do more as 'level 6' water restrictions loom * Labor promises $100 million 'coast care' program * EPA Victoria finalises soil sampling guideline * Greenpeace slams sustainable palm oil roundtable * WBCSD plans business summit at Bali * Pew Centre chief welcomes business sea-change

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