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Increased focus on all-electric buildings   and powered by renewables will help us reach net zero with more certainty, says Davina Rooney, CEO of Green Building Council of Australia.

As timber buildings go up, emissions come down

The growing use of engineered wood products allows for less embodied carbon in buildings, but that alone won’t make construction clean.

  • Michael Bleby
Melior co-founders Lucy Steed and Tim King.

Investors find value in championing social good

Impact investing is on the rise as more Australians seek to drive positive change as they reap financial returns.

  • Prashant Mehra

Smart ways to get the most out of your solar

Homeowners are using tips and tricks to shift as much of their power usage as possible to solar.

  • Christopher Niesche

After slow start, EV sales pick up speed

The recent jump in sales of electric vehicles comes before the full effects of new lower-cost Chinese models for less than $40,000 are felt.

  • Tony Davis

The final stop before landfill: waste-to-energy plants

With the right technology, sewage sludge, abattoir and household waste can all be converted into energy or usable products.

  • Sian Powell
Sam Elsom, CEO of Sea Forest

How to cut emissions with seaweed and burgers

The development of asparagopsis as a livestock feed supplement is just one of many ways the agricultural sector is reducing emissions.

  • Larry Schlesinger
University of NSW senior lecturer Megan Evans says an offset market won’t help restore nature.

Biodiversity credits aim to help repair nature

The government is seeking to establish a nature repair market, with biodiversity credits creating a new asset class for investors.

  • Christopher Niesche
Deb Stevenson says the café has become a thriving community hub.

How these Aussie cafes are keeping laptops out of landfill

Repair cafés are part of a growing culture of re-use, recycle and repair around Australia as garbage levels soar and recycling systems break down.

  • Tom McIlroy
A crypto asset manager has warned of the “billion dollar ticking time bomb” around SMSF investing in digital assets.

‘Billion dollar ticking bomb’ for SMSFs buying bitcoin

Crypto’s explosion in popularity has seen SMSF investors buy Bitcoin and Ethereum but some exchanges do not give investors formal custody.

  • Mark Di Stefano
Gaps are emerging in planning and policy towards Australia’s ambitions for a future green hydrogen industry.

Pressure testing Australia’s hydrogen dream

Australia’s mighty push towards a clean hydrogen-powered future has been supercharged by optimism for its potential to solve the global decarbonisation challenge.


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Getting to net-zero for heavy vehicles will be tough

While batteries may be best for passenger cars, heavy trucks will need hydrogen power to replace diesel and petrol.

  • Tony Davis
Neil McDonald, Gold Hydrogen CEO

Explorer looks to tap ‘natural’ hydrogen opportunity

Gold Hydrogen expects to start drilling for hydrogen this month in a project it hopes will replace some of South Australia’s energy production.

  • Christopher Niesche
Hopes are high for green hydrogen exports from Australia.

Australia’s window of opportunity narrowing for hydrogen dominance

There’s no shortage of hydrogen hype, but how realistic are expectations that Australia can become a green hydrogen superpower?

  • Ronald Mizen
Take-up of green hydrogen in heavy transport has lagged expectations, the International Energy Agency says.

Hydrogen still in slow-burn phase ahead of take-off

The low-carbon hydrogen market remains tiny, and few expect much growth any time soon, but it’s still seen as vital to transition to net-zero.

  • Angela Macdonald-Smith
David Jenkins

Caution creeps into green finance market

As investors and regulators lift the credibility bar for borrowers, the sustainability-linked finance market faces its first real confidence test.

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  • Jonathan Shapiro
VanEck’s Arian Neiron.

ETFs quietly rewrite rule books amid regulatory crackdown

ASIC’s move on Vanguard for alleged misleading marketing has the rest of the ETF sector scrambling.

  • Nina Hendy
Maria Loyez is expecting the upcoming hot, dry summer to prompt another spike in demand for sustainable superannuation products.

How to turn your super portfolio green

Forty years after Australian Ethical opened its doors, the $3.5 trillion superannuation sector is scrambling to launch and grow similar ethically invested products. What is on the market and best for investors?

  • Hannah Wootton
 The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is one of Australia’s best-selling vehicles and Graham said the vehicle maker can exploit the clean energy transition.

Tesla, Toyota and their lithium suppliers are clean energy winners

Stock pickers and research chiefs are scouring sharemarkets for companies positioned to win from an investment super-trend that is accelerating.

  • Tom Richardson


OPEC’s move to reduce oil production will push fuel prices even higher.

This fintech lets you pay for fuel with bitcoin

A small, but growing, cohort of consumers is tapping their crypto wallets to pay for fuel, powered by a local payments innovation.

  • Tess Bennett
Sypac’s chief engineer Ross Osborne, and its CEO Amanda Holt, join managing director David Vicino and founder and chairman George Vicino with one of the drones that have been deployed in the Ukraine conflict.

Cardboard drone maker used in Ukraine is Australia’s top innovator

Sypaq has won the 2023 AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies Award, for its flat packed cardboard drones, which have been serving on the front line in Ukraine.

  • Paul Smith