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It’s not rocket science, the more efficient your car is, the cheaper it is to run. Research has shown that three-quarters of all new cars sold globally each year are regulated under some form of CO2 emissions standards, yet Australia seems to be falling behind, having no light vehicle emissions standards in place.

The Monash Sustainability Institute's Anna Skarbek, Executive Director at ClimateWorks Australia, outlines three options that would deliver significant emissions reductions and economic benefits for Australia. These are consistent with either a carbon price or an Emissions Reduction Fund and, she argues, should be used to further drive domestic emissions reductions.

Bucking the idea that environmentalism hurts economic performance, a new UCLA-led study has found that companies that voluntarily adopt international "green" practices and standards have employees who are 16 percent more productive than the average. Professor Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Sanja Pekovic from France's University Paris–Dauphine are the first to study how a firm's environmental commitment affects its productivity. Their findings are published online Sept. 10 in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. 

 

The results of a year-long research study examining the underlying factors and processes shaping the adaptive capacity of Australian Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to climate change and associated sea level rise have just been published.

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