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Wong heads to China; plus more

* Wong heads to China
* Coal mines should brace for tougher approach, warns lawyer
* Channel Ten launches new environmental strategy
* WBCSD issues forest products guide

Who should lead the workplace on climate change?

Two leading sustainability advocates have very different views on which part of the business should lead the corporate response to climate change.

HR is best placed to deliver the necessary change throughout a company, according to sustainability professor Dexter Dunphy. But Bovis Land Lease sustainability expert Anita Mitchell has warned doing so could deliver the equivalent of the IT section's dreaded "blue screen of death".

A Climate at Work conference in Sydney also saw the launch of a 'tell all' website by the ABC on its sustainability efforts and produced a warning from energy efficiency expert Hugh Saddler that skills shortages could be the biggest impediment preventing a transformation to clean energy.

Trading 1.01 – BP's advice for new players

We all know what emissions trading means at the policy level, but what about the nuts and bolts of being a company involved in emissions trading?

Few businesses have as much trading experience as energy giant BP, which has an emissions trading desk that services the company and some key customers. And few within BP are better placed to talk about it than Mark 'I love trading' Proegler. CE Daily asks for the low-down on how companies should get ready for the world of trading. (plus audio)

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

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