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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

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

Professor John Wiseman

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

Kate Mackenzie

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

Dr Claire Molinari

Expertise
Sustainable investment

Latest Articles


Zoe Whitton: Our Energy Future

communications - July 2020

CPD Board Member Zoe Whitton appeared on Q+A to talk about Australia’s energy future. You can listen to the program here. The Federal Government has unveiled its roadmap for Australia’s...

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How prepared is our financial system for climate shocks?

communications - July 2020

CPD CEO Travers McLeod was was on Radio National Breakfast with Norman Swan. You can listen to the interview here. The Reserve Bank of Australia has joined with 66 central...

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Legal action on climate is what we all want to avoid – CPD CEO Travers McLeod in the AFR

Travers McLeod - December 2019

Efforts to understand climate risk within companies and across the economy are not about managing climate through the legal system, usurping the role of government, or forcing companies to go...

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CPD Business Roundtable on Climate and Sustainability | EVENT | November 2019

communications - December 2019

On 21 November, CPD convened a business roundtable on climate change and sustainability which brought together senior executives and directors from Australia’s biggest banks, insurers, investors, businesses and superannuation funds, senior...

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Full text of Kenneth Hayne AC QC remarks to CPD climate roundtable

Travers McLeod - December 2019

Below is the text of remarks delivered by The Hon Mr Kenneth Hayne AC QC at the Centre for Policy Development’s Business Roundtable on Climate and Sustainability on 21 November...

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Climate Risk Update: Regulators in ‘lock-step on climate change’

communications - September 2019

Australia’s financial regulators continue to step up their leadership on climate change. Three key developments in August 2019 built on CPD’s research and series of landmark public statements on climate...

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Travers McLeod’s response to Rebecca Huntley’s Quarterly Essay, Australia Fair: Listening to the Nation

Luisa Boll - July 2019

In reply to Rebecca Huntley’s Quarterly Essay, Australia Fair: Listening to the Nation TRAVERS MCLEOD At the heart of Rebecca Huntley’s Australia Fair is the idea that we are a nation of democrats....

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Latest eNews

communications - June 2019

Dear CPD follower, As the world around us continues to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPD team have been using our unique create, connect, convince model to tackle a...

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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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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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