Carbon Column is our weekly article which covers business sustainability.
It provides useful hints and tips on carbon reduction, detailed case studies as well as other topical issues.


29 Jul 2013

As the price of solar technology lowers, and pay-back periods shrink, now is the best time in recent history to invest in solar technology for your business.

Choosing when and how to invest in infrastructure for your business requires consideration of many factors. A question that...

24 May 2013

When it comes to making your business more resource efficient and sustainable, there is a plethora of considerations – and new options and opportunities are popping up all the time. We explore the merits of some of the more ‘out there’ emerging technologies, and look some of the innovative ideas...

14 May 2013

From 1 July 2013, your business may see some changes in how you can be billed for your electricity. You may currently be paying a flat rate or two-part tariff for your energy, but under the roll out of Smart Meters, retailers will start offering businesses the choice between flat rate and...

30 Apr 2013

In commercial office buildings that tenant a space within a larger building, lighting generally accounts for between 30 and 65 per cent of total energy use [1]. As one business recently found out, inefficient lighting can represent a considerable business cost, but is often easy to change and...

17 Apr 2013

Running a business presents daily challenges and sometimes you just need to make a decision quickly. But time-critical issues don’t always have the best sustainability outcome. A hasty decision to replace a broken appliance or fitting may end up costing you in cash, reliability, time and energy...

17 Apr 2013

It’s no secret that sustainability can contribute to reduced operational costs and an improved client facing image. However, a recent survey has found that staff who work for businesses with strong corporate sustainability initiatives actually think more highly of their employers.

5 Apr 2013

Businesses that take action to reduce the impact of their operations on the environment not only reduce operational expenses, they also contribute positively to their whole community. With its 2013 Sustainability Awards, The City of Yarra is recognises and celebrates community-focused commitment...

26 Mar 2013

Although disposing of ‘waste materials’ is typically viewed as a relatively low business cost (though on the rise), it is important to consider that waste materials consist of many other input and resource costs. Carbon column takes a closer look at the real cost of waste disposal to...

20 Mar 2013

When looking to reduce your business’ energy bills, a glance up to your fluorescents or halogen downlights may offer an illuminating energy-saving opportunity. But is changing your workplace lighting really worth the effort? Carbon column investigates the options, subsidies, considerations and...

15 Mar 2013

With global warming becoming a more prevalent issue and more global mitigation efforts and agreements faltering, it is important that businesses, as well as governments, consider how the changing physical environment and low-carbon paradigm may impact them, and crucially, how they can adapt.


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