The Business of Green

The Business of Green

Money matters in the green world, by Leon Gettler.

Rebate money

Can rebates change behaviour?

Friday, 21 August 2009

The Federal Government renewable energy legislation is trying to change our behaviour. There are many rebates around encouraging us to take up green energy solutions. But will they actually instigate change?

Malcolm Turnbull

Is Turnbull's ETS model really cleaner and greener?

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Turnbull says his ETS model is "cleaner, greener, cheaper", but is it? Here's an analysis of what it really means.

Toyota prius

Green car futures

Friday, 7 August 2009

Green cars are now becoming more popular and auto makers are queuing up to make them. But how long can the industry keep going on government assistance? And does the car have any future?

Nuclear power plant

Climate change and the politics of nuclear power

Friday, 24 July 2009

Nuclear power is back on the political agenda, with companies like Rio Tinto pushing the Government to make a decision by 2020, and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson saying we shouldn't rule it out.

business suit

Green jobs and the carbon market

Friday, 10 July 2009

Carbon trading might create a whole lot of green jobs. But are they the kind of jobs we want? The carbon market is growing, but most of the jobs coming out of this appear to be in investment banks and accounting firms.

court gavel

Litigation and climate change

Friday, 26 June 2009

The big sleeper issue around climate change is litigation. Already there are signs that investors, communities and non government organisations will be taking companies to court over their claims on the environment. It is a growing trend

sustainable building

The business case for green buildings

Friday, 12 June 2009

The evidence suggests that owners of green buildings can charge higher rents. The value of green buildings is also higher when they are put on the market. Despite the various risks, green buildings are worth developing, not just for the environment but for profit.

water from a barrel

Is water the new oil?

Friday, 29 May 2009

What are the best solutions to the problems of chronic drought? What about the costs to the community and business? Recycling, desalination plants and water tanks are all energy intensive. How do we save water, or create adequate supplies, without ruining the environment or sending us broke?

Wayne Swan

Is the environment a winner in the Federal Budget?

Friday, 15 May 2009

The Government has announced big spending programs for the environment in this year's Federal Budget. Solar power and clean coal technology are among the big winners. But on close analysis, is the Budget that good for the environment?

electric bike

Two wheeled subsidies?

Friday, 1 May 2009

With the auto industry in decline, electric bikes might be the way of the future. Should governments start subsidising these zero emission vehicles in the battle against climate change?

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