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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

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


Australia’s access to capital may be strangled over climate stance

Georgia Wilkinson - October 2021

Article by Lucas Baird featuring CPD’s Climate & Recovery Initiative, published in the Australian Financial Review on 22 September 2021. Australia risks punishment from global markets that will blow out...

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Travers McLeod and Toby Phillips: Time to respond to the climate for investment

Georgia Wilkinson - September 2021

A shorter version of this op-ed was published in The Australian on 29 September 2021. While Scott Morrison met with Quad leaders at the White House last week in the...

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Sixth Climate & Recovery Initiative stakeholder roundtable

Georgia Wilkinson - September 2021

The Climate and Recovery Initiative’s sixth roundtable, held on Thursday 9 September 2021, captured a sense of urgency and momentum towards coordinated and ambitious action on climate change. Prominent leaders...

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CPD appears at the inquiry into the prudential regulation of investment in Australia’s export industries

Georgia Wilkinson - July 2021

On Wednesday 28 July 2021, CPD’s CEO Travers McLeod and Sustainable Economy Program Director Toby Phillips appeared at the inquiry into the prudential regulation of investment in Australia’s export industries....

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Fourth and fifth Climate & Recovery Initiative stakeholder roundtables

communications - June 2021

Over the first half of 2021, CPD and our partners have been continuing to convene the Climate & Recovery Initiative (CRI), bringing together senior leaders from across Australia to address...

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Zoe Whitton on Q+A

Georgia Wilkinson - May 2021

Broadcast on Thursday 20 May 2021 CPD Board Member Zoe Whitton appeared on Q+A to discuss the government’s latest plans to build a gas-fired power plant and the long-term economic...

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Arjuna Dibley: Government-owned firms like Snowy Hydro can do better than building $600 million gas plants

communications - May 2021

Published in The Conversation on 20 May 2021. The Morrison government today announced it’s building a new gas power plant in the Hunter Valley, committing up to A$600 million for...

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Tim Nelson: Australia’s states are forging ahead with ambitious emissions reductions. Imagine if they worked together

communications - May 2021

Published in The Conversation, 06 May 2021. In a recent article for The Conversation, our Research Committee Member Tim Nelson analysed how Australia’s states can better work together to reach...

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Companies warned that ‘greenwashing’ could have legal consequences

communications - April 2021

Published by RenewEconomy on Monday 26 April 2021. Company directors that rush to make net zero pledges without fully examining the firm’s ability to meet the goals could be guilty...

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Directors liable for ‘greenwashing’ disclosures

communications - April 2021

Published in the AFR on Monday 26 April 2021 Companies and their directors could be sued for “greenwashing” their commitments to achieve their net zero carbon pledges or emissions reductions...

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CPD releases new materials on directors’ duties, climate risk and net zero

communications - April 2021

Today, the Centre for Policy Development has released a range of new materials relating to directors’ duties and climate change that have emerged from a special roundtable convened by CPD...

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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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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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