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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


Tim Nelson (Research Committee)

Expertise
Energy sector; renewables; sustainability

Sam Mostyn (Board Member)

Expertise
Business & sustainable development; climate change; international development

Sam Hurley (Policy Director)

Expertise
Climate risk; international relations; economics

Richard Bolt (Fellow)

Expertise
Economic development; governance; sustainable public value; energy; transport; education

Professor Roy Green (Research Committee)

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

Kate Mackenzie (Fellow)

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

Dr Claire Molinari (Fellow)

Expertise
Sustainable investment

Latest Articles


Latest eNews

communications - April 2019

Dear CPD follower We hope this finds you well and all set for the Easter break. We’ve had an action-packed first quarter of 2019, and we’re excited to share with...

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Updated Hutley opinion on directors’ duties and climate risk

Luisa Boll - March 2019

Full supplementary memorandum of opinion here Today CPD has released an update of a landmark 2016 legal opinion on how Australian law requires company directors to consider, disclose and respond to...

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Heavyweights now speaking with one voice on climate change risks | Op-ed Sam Hurley | March 2019

Luisa Boll - March 2019

Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 24 March 2019 Climate change is reshaping Australia’s economy and financial system, and its consequences will be devastating without urgent action. If that message had...

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Political communication: selling broadsheet policy in a twitter age I ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue I March 2019

Luisa Boll - March 2019

Full audio recording available soon. On 14 March, we hosted the first ANU-CPD Policy Dialogue for 2019 on the topic of Political communication: selling broadsheet policy in a Twitter age’,...

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Climate Change and the Economy with the RBA’s Guy Debelle | PUBLIC FORUM | March 2019

Luisa Boll - March 2019

Full audio of the public forum available here. Full speech by RBA Deputy Governor Dr Guy Debelle available here. On 12 March, as part of our latest public forum on...

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Murray-Darling report shows public authorities must take climate change risk seriously | Op-ed | Arjuna Dibley

Luisa Boll - February 2019

Published in The Conversation on 4 February 2019.  The tragic recent events on the Darling River, and the political and policy furore around them, have again highlighted the severe financial and...

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Public authority directors’ duties and climate change | DISCUSSION PAPER | January 2019

communications - February 2019

  CPD has released a new discussion paper on the legal obligations of public sector corporate boards and directors to consider climate-related risks. Public authority directors’ duties and climate change finds...

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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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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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