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Sustainable Economy


The Sustainable Economy Program focuses on policy ideas and partnerships to build a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy. Australia has a tremendous opportunity to leverage its abundant natural resources, wealth and creativity to build a fair, sustainable and prosperous economy – one that provides a secure future for all Australians. But this can only happen if the right policy settings are in place, and if both private and public actors are focussed on the things that really drive risk, growth and wellbeing in the long term.

In recent years, our Sustainable Economy Program research has helped drive a major shift in how Australian business, investors and regulators are responding to long-term challenges and opportunities stemming from climate change and sustainable finance. We have also continued longer-term research on energy, sustainable agriculture and the national security implications of climate change. Please read on below for more information about our work.

Experts


Sam Mostyn (Board Member)

Expertise
Business & sustainable development; climate change; international development

Sam Hurley (Policy Director)

Expertise
Climate risk; international relations; economics

Professor Roy Green

Expertise
Innovation policy and management, industry and labour market analysis, business education

Prof John Wiseman (Fellow)

Expertise
Climate change impacts & policies; sustainability & resilience challenges & strategies; just transitions to zero carbon economy

Mark Joiner

Expertise
Business & sustainability

Kate Mackenzie (Fellow)

Expertise
Climate change impacts & policies; sustainability strategies; transitions to zero carbon economy

Ian Dunlop (Fellow)

Expertise
Climate change impacts & policies; climate security

Dr Claire Molinari (Fellow)

Expertise
Sustainable investment

Latest Articles


Latest eNews

communications - December 2018

  Dear CPD follower We hope this finds you well and, if not already relaxing, then looking forward to a cheerful holiday season with family and friends. CPD has finished off...

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Time for an Australian sustainable finance taskforce

Travers McLeod - July 2018

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 22 July 2018. ASIC commissioner John Price.Photo: Jeremy Piper ASIC commissioner John Price left a Sydney audience in no room for doubt last month when...

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Trade and Climate Change | ANU-CPD POLICY DIALOGUE | June 2018

communications - June 2018

On 22 June 2018 CPD and ANU again hosted leaders from government, business, civil society and academia to discuss important matters relating to Australia’s economy, this time how Australia’s trade...

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Climate Horizons | REPORT AND PUBLIC EVENT | June 2018

communications - June 2018

Full audio of ASIC Commissioner John Price’s address and the panel discussion at our public forum is here:   CPD has released its latest report on how Australian companies, investors...

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CPD submission to Senate inquiry on UN Sustainable Development Goals

communications - April 2018

In April 2018, CPD made a submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry into the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our submission highlighted the role...

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CPD climate work featured in 4Corners ‘Weather Alert’ report

communications - March 2018

Last night the ABC’s 4Corners program aired a special report about how Australian farmers, businesses and regulators are responding to climate change. CPD’s Sustainable Economy Program has been making the...

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CPD Board member Sam Mostyn on the evolving role of company directors

Travers McLeod - March 2018

Influential independent director and CPD Board Member Sam Mostyn delivered the  keynote at the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ 2018 Governance Summit on ‘’The evolving role of directors.” Full text...

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Building a Sustainable Economy | PUBLIC FORUM | November 2017

communications - November 2017

  On 29 November, CPD hosted the final event in our special 10th anniversary series – a public forum in Sydney on the theme ‘Building a sustainable economy.’ CPD’s Sustainable...

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Climate horizons: next steps for scenario analysis in Australia | DISCUSSION PAPER AND PUBLIC FORUM | November 2017

communications - November 2017

Today CPD releases a new discussion paper on how business and investors can use scenario analysis in order to better understand and respond to climate-related risks and opportunities. The paper,...

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Public Forum: Building a Sustainable Economy | EVENT | 29 November 2017 | Sydney

communications - November 2017

RSVP for free here.   When   29 November 2017 Wednesday Start 5:30pm – End 7:30pm Where Level 40 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000 MinterEllison RSVP for...

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Directors’ Duties and Climate Risks | PUBLIC PANEL | June 2017

communications - June 2017

On June 8, CPD and EY convened an expert panel to discuss the role company directors need to play in response to climate-related risks to their business, and what this...

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Help unlock Australia’s potential – “$50 for 2017” appeal

communications - June 2017

CPD fills a big gap in Australian policy-making The political landscape of the past year could hardly have been more tumultuous at home and abroad. Throughout this uncertainty, CPD made...

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Invitation to Directors’ Duties & Climate Risks Business Panel | June 8 | Sydney

communications - June 2017

If you can join, please RSVP by Tuesday 6 June here  

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Join CPD Fellow Ian Dunlop and call for more urgent climate action now

communications - May 2017

For almost two decades, CPD Fellow Ian Dunlop has been a powerful voice advocating for both a better understanding of climate science as well as for more urgent, robust policy responses from...

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Australia’s Climate Security – U.S. Expert on Climate Change and National Security | ROUNDTABLE | April 2017

communications - April 2017

On April 7, the Centre for Policy Development, together with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne (MSSI), delivered a roundtable on climate security with special guest...

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When CPD set out on this work in early 2016, we began with the premise that performance and leadership on sustainability-related risks in the Australian corporate sector were lagging –

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Recent progress on climate risk has underlined the opportunity for policymakers and industry to build strategic policy roadmap for sustainable finance in Australia.

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CPD’s recent work on climate change has focused on the implications of a changing climate for Australia’s national security. Our agenda-setting report The Longest Conflict (2015)

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We are currently undertaking new research to map Commonwealth and Victorian grants and programs that promote sustainable agriculture and food systems and biodiversity enhancement on private land.

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In 2016 we released a discussion paper by CPD Research Associate Alexander Marks on the future of Australia’s electricity system.

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