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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 on a gas-fired future

communications - April 2021

Broadcast on Monday 12 April 2021 CPD Board Member Zoe Whitton appeared on the ABC’s Four Corners to discuss what’s behind the Federal Government’s push for a gas-fired future. Watch...

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Toby Phillips: Global climate action will reshape Australia’s trade

communications - February 2021

Published in The Australian Financial Review, 09 February 2021 Last week at the National Press Club, the Prime Minister said Australia would “reach net zero emissions as soon as possible, and preferably...

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Discussion Paper: Chasing the Pack

communications - February 2021

In a paper released today by the Centre for Policy Development (CPD), Program Director Toby Phillips analyses how Australia’s immediate economic and diplomatic future could be defined by global activity...

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Third Climate & Recovery Initiative stakeholder roundtable

communications - December 2020

On 23 November, CPD and our partners convened the third stakeholder roundtable in our Climate & Recovery Initiative (CRI). The CRI was established in May 2020 to drive a stronger...

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Climate & Recovery Initiative Public Forum

communications - November 2020

Climate & Recovery Initiative Public Forum   On 23 November, CPD co-hosted a public forum as part of the Climate & Recovery Initiative. We were joined by three special guest...

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Climate & Recovery Initiative

communications - September 2020

CPD in partnership with ClimateWorks, Ai Group, ACTU and Pollination The Climate and Recovery Initiative brings together prominent leaders from government, business and civil society to identify the best ideas...

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CPD welcomes new CSIRO missions for Australia’s recovery and resilience

communications - August 2020

Today Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, has announced a suite of new ‘missions’ – major scientific and research collaborations aimed at achieving breakthroughs in response to Australia’s most pressing...

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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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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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