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Events Archive 2011

SBA's UNFCCC COP 17 De-brief
13 December 2011
Failure or success - which one describes the outcome of the latest international climate negotiations that have just been completed in South Africa's third largest city? This event was attended by representatives from the International Division of the Australian Government's Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.


NSW Environmental Legislative Update
13 December 2011
This seminar brought participants up to speed on new obligations under the Protection of the Environment Legislation Amendment Act 2011. Keeping up to date with rapidly changing environmental laws and how they affect businesses is a key challenge for corporation environmental managers.


Seminar on waste levy impacts and other waste reform issues and Workshop on how exemptions and waste classification works
7 December 2011
Big changes are happening in waste with the CIE report being discussed on the waste levy's impact on paper, steel recycling and AWTs. Roll-out of the Richmond report continues with Waste to Energy and many other issues emerging. The seminar was followed by an afternoon workshop on waste classification and use of Resource Recovery Exemptions and how the tracking system works in NSW and nationally.


Can you use a Carbon Reduction product label?
29 November 2011
SBA Benefactor Member ERM, Planet Ark and Corrs proudly hosted a presentation on four key aspects of carbon labelling which address the Carbon Reduction Label experience in the UK and Australia from a number of perspectives.



Wastewater Workshop
30 November 2011
Major Changes to Trade Waste Charging are proposed. BOD to increase by 71% (primary treatment STPs) to 121% (for inland STPs). Other major changes are in the pipeline. This practical one-day course provided an overview of common wastewater treatment equipment used to meet sewer and environmental acceptance criteria to prepare companies for this new charging regime.


NSW - Contaminated Land Conference
23 November 2011
A topical conference which discussed the review of the virtually complete Assessment of Contaminated Sites NEPM and other recent legislative changes, plus other current contaminated land remediation issues. It was for landowners and practitioners preparing for the new and current contaminated land liabilities, legislation, policies and obligations. The conference was supported by DLA Piper, Sustainable Business Australia, Coffey Environments, Envrosure, ALGA, ACLCA NSW branch.


A Carbon Price and the UK business experience: Insights for Australian business
Tuesday 22 November 2011
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As the world's focus turns to Durban and COP 17 / CMP 7, questions emerge as to what impact other countries' carbon mitigation actions are having on business action. In particular, UK business has been part of a carbon matrix that includes obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, activity within the world's largest ETS, meeting a domestic reduction target that has been incorporated in legislation since 2008.

What is UK business doing to respond to a carbon price and are there parallels that Australian business might learn from? Or maybe avoid? To discuss these issues, SBA ran a late afternoon forum at Sinclair Knight Merz in Melbourne, with Guest Speaker, Keith Webster, Global Services Leader - Climate Change and Resource Efficiency, who gave a unique perspective on the UK business experience.

About Keith Webster
Mr. Webster was working directly for four years in the UK Metals Industry before moving into consultancy in 1984. His initial work was on reducing energy costs for a variety of clients, both in the UK and overseas, and working in a range of industries, including food and drink, the chemicals sector and the steel industry.

Mr. Webster joined March Consulting Group's Energy Division in 1988 and managed numerous energy saving programs in the UK, Western and Central Europe. In the early 1990s, he was one of the first consultants to apply a continuous improvement team culture to produce energy reductions. He has held many senior management positions within SKM Enviros and was instrumental in restructuring the business into market-facing product groups in 2000.


GHS workshop
15 November 2011
The UN's Globally Harmonized System for chemical classification and labelling was a practical half-day introductory workshop designed to get supervisors and managers up to speed on the expected changes which can affect regulatory acceptance of products under regimes operating the GHS.


Dangerous Goods Workshop
15 November 2011
This was a practical half-day introductory workshop designed to get supervisor and managers up to speed on Storage and handling of dangerous goods laws covering DG classification, packaging, labelling, National OH&S regulations and the use of Australian Standards.


SBA'S 20th Anniversary
2 November 2011
Sustainable Business Australia held a special event at Customs House in Sydney to celebrate the Association's 20th Anniversary.

Former Environment Ministers, Ros Kelly and Robert Hill, were special guest speakers in an interview with SBA's CEO Andrew Petersen, in the first session of the event in the Barnet Long Room of Customs House. After refreshments for the audience of almost 100 guests, the second session featured former SBA CEOs Fiona Wain and John Cole, chaired by SBA's current chairman Robert Purves.

The event provided the audience with unique insights into the important work that has been done by SBA - the highlights, disappointments and milestones for sustainable business in Australia over the past 20 years - as well as prospects for the future.

Before the cutting of a special SBA 20th Anniversary cake and toast to the future, SBA's CEO Andrew Petersen and APEX Australia's CEO Noel Hadjimichael signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations, who plan to promote sustainable business developments through APEX networks around Australia over the coming year.

The generosity of the City of Sydney Council and Object Consulting made this event possible.


International Cities Town Centres & Communities Society Conference
25 - 28 October 2011
This year's event featured voices from our own benefactor members at ARUP.




Free Carbon Management Courses in NSW
Various dates in October
A 100% subsidy (valued at $2850) was available for the Certificate IV in Carbon Management course tuition fees for NSW residents and employers of NSW residents in regional NSW.

The Certificate IV is an accredited workplace qualification for managers and supervisors to enable and support development of carbon management and carbon emission reduction strategies for business. Graduates develop skills and competencies that enable them to understand the strategic implications of carbon emissions management and how emissions reduction strategies can be implemented using business planning frameworks, supported by existing business systems.

The courses were delivered by Carbon Training International, a specialist 'green-skills and energy efficiency' vocational education and training organisation that has developed nationally accredited competency-based courses in carbon management. Carbon Training International is a member of SBA.


Understanding the opportunities of the Carbon Farming Initiative
20 October 2011
This seminar addressed the key legal details and commercial opportunities of the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). The CFI is a carbon offset scheme designed to allow abatement and sequestration activities to generate carbon credits which can be sold into carbon markets. The Federal Parliament recently passed the legislation required to implement the CFI, and it will commence operation on 1 January 2012.

This seminar examined opportunities and considered project activities that may be eligible to participate in the CFI and generate revenue through the creation of CFI credits. This seminar was particularly relevant for potential participants in the farming, forestry, land management and landfill sectors, but there were also a range of opportunities for other market participants, advisers and intermediaries.

Presenters Felicity Rourke (Partner) and Petar Kuessner (Partner) explained the CFI legal framework and the opportunities arising from the scheme for business.


Environmental Incident Reporting Actions and Impacts
12 October 2011, Sydney
SBA co-hosted this event with the Australian Sustainable Business Group as a briefing on the outcomes of the investigation into the recent environmental incidents at Orica and a discussion on potential legislative changes.


NSW AIIA Sustainable Futures Forum
1 September 2011
The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) hosted the NSW AIIA Sustainable Futures Forum: High Tech, Low Carbon. With the government set to price carbon and move to an emissions trading scheme, the crucial roles that information, communications and computing technologies play in a transition to a low carbon economy are significant.


The Long Carbon Journey
Sydney 18 Jul 2011 & Melbourne 4 Aug 2011

Prime Minister Julia Gillard joined Green Capital in Sydney for a keynote presentation and Q&A on climate change policy in Australia ... followed by our expert panel discussing 'What’s next for a sustainable future?'

Deputy Prime Minister & Treasurer Wayne Swan, joined Green Capital in Melbourne on 4 August for The Long Carbon Journey event.


Four degrees or more? Australia in a Hot World
12 - 14 July 2011
This conference explored the unintended consequences of current domestic and international climate policies. It invited us to imagine the social, economic and ecological implications of catastrophic global warming for Australia and its region. Speakers included Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Chair of the German Government's Advisory Council on Global Change, and Professor Ross Garnaut from The University of Melbourne.


Graham A Brown & Associates, Environmental Auditor Certification Workshop
4 - 8 July
The Environmental Auditor Certification Workshop was a comprehensive 5 day certified workshop providing training to conduct environmental audits, advise clients on environmental issues and commission and manage environmental audits. RABQSA Accredited.


National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development (NBLFSD)
16 - 17 June 2011
SBA proudly supported the National Business Leaders Forum on Sustainable Development (NBLFSD) held at Parliament House in Canberra. The NBLFSD is the premier conference on sustainable development in Australia.

The theme for this year's forum was 'Business Leadership in the New Global Innovation Economy: The Race is On'. Internationally acclaimed speakers and federal politicians headlined, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, Professor Tim Flannery, Chair Australian Climate Commission and Kishor Chaukar, Managing Director of TATA Industries in India, to name just a few.


Where is the tree with the low-hanging fruit? Energy efficiency's role in the green economy.
13 April 2011
Forum and Q&A sponsored by Parsons Brinckerhoff. The key note speaker was Martin Bowles, Deputy Secretary Energy and Safety Programs Group, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and the panel speakers were leading practitioners in engineering, law, accounting and investment, including Arek Sinanian, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Brendan Bateman, Environment Partner, Clayton Utz; and Chris Leach, Deloitte Australia.

Thought leadership and slides from the event and can be accessed in the Members Area.


Sustainable Food Summit
5 - 6 April 2011
SBA supported the Annual Sustainable Food Summit. The summit raised awareness about the importance of global and national food security in the face of declining agricultural productivity caused by increasingly severe weather patterns, and widespread soil degradation.



Launch of 'The Great Disruption', a book by Paul Gilding
5th April 2011
During the launch, Paul presented his view that we are entering a global economic and ecological crisis as we hit the earth's physical limits. Sponsored by SBA Benefactor members.


Why does a market matter? The EU ETS in an Australian context
10 March 2011
At short notice SBA, in partnership with UK Trade and Investment, was able to secure leading EU carbon market specialist Jill Duggan to headline the event 'Why does a market matter? The EU ETS in an Australian context'. The event was kindly hosted by the Office of the British Consulate-General. Thought leadership and slides from the event and can be accessed in the Members Area.


The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) and the role of Bio-CCS to reduce and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and create new revenue for farmers
18 January 2011
A 'new markets, new industries, new jobs' forum hosted by Norton Rose in conjunction with the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

The forum focussed on the opportunities offered by various forms of biological carbon capture and storage (Bio-CCS) to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, whereby assisting the mitigation of dangerous climate change.

The framework that will govern Bio-CCS activity in Australia will be the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), which is currently being developed by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE). The CFI was an election commitment made by Prime Minister Julia Gillard "to give farmers, forest growers and landholders access to domestic voluntary and international carbon markets".

This forum brought together leaders of private industry working in the Bio-CCS field and CFI specialists from the DCCEE to engage in discussions regarding the structure of the CFI and the potential future applications of Bio-CCS in Australia.

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