Sustainable Economy

The Sustainable Economy Program aims to identify options for Australia to make a rapid transition to an environmentally and socially sustainable economy. Australia has tremendous opportunity to leverage its abundant natural resources and skills in innovation to build a fair, sustainable and prosperous economy – one that provides a secure future for all Australians. Yet to do so, we need to get the policy settings right.

The Sustainable Economy Program is underpinned by an understanding of the problems caused by systemic short-termism in both the public and private sectors, and by the failure to value public goods which are hard to measure or monetise. It seeks to highlight the importance of ‘valuing what matters’. By improving our understanding and measurement of the the long-term drivers of wellbeing, and ensuring the the impacts of resource depletion and pollution are no longer ‘invisible’ to markets, we can avert systemic failures in public and private decision making that undermine the sustainable management of our natural and social capital.

CPD’s recent work on climate change has focused on the implications of a changing climate for Australia’s national security. The Longest Conflict found that while defence forces in the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere are taking the impact of climate change very seriously, Australia was underprepared for a climate security challenge that will have more far-reaching implications in the Asia Pacific than anywhere else in the world.

In 2015 we also continued our work on sustainable agriculture, building on the landmark report Farming Smarter, Not Harder. This work on agriculture complements CPD’s long-standing interest in the marine sector and energy.

In 2016, the Sustainable Economy program built on our earlier work on climate security by examining the contribution business can make to improving Australia’s sustainability performance, with a particular focus on potential drivers of better long-term decision making in Australia’s boardrooms. We also released a paper exploring how solar and battery storage technologies are reshaping Australia’s electricity system.

Sunshine Coast Daily | 26 November 2013

Economist: Keep NSW marine parks for at least 15 years Coastal coverage for CPD’s Marine protection dividend paper According to the newsdesk covering over ten local papers on the NSW and Queensland coasts, CPD fellow Caroline Hoisington wrote that marine parks inmore

NineMSN | 26 November 2013

Marine protection dividend paper on NineMSN CPD Marine economy fellow Caroline Hoisington’s paper found that 15 years is a minimum period to assess the impact of marine parks, and that the reserves also deliver clear social & economic benefits to theirmore

Australian Environmental Management | 2012 Volume 2

Farming smarter, not harder Laura Eadie, CPD’s sustainable economy research director composed a piece from Farming Smarter, Not Harder for last years Australian Environmental Management -The Green Building Guide magazine. Farming Smarter, Not Harder was is a report on the future of Australian agriculturemore

Australian Sustainability | Melbourne 9 & 10 October

Australian Sustainability: conference 2013. The Australian Sustainability Conference brings together leading practitioners and strategic leaders in this growing industry to explore and share ideas to spearhead sound sustainable business strategy. Australian Sustainability is a conference aimed at industry and business lookingmore