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As we count down the hours before we escape for Easter and commence our Anzac Day memorial celebrations, let me give you a few facts that highlight the significance of the green economy: Almost 1.2 million workers are estimated to be employed in generating biomass-derived energy in just four leading countries: Brazil, the United States, Germany, and China. Germany and China were the investment leaders in 2009, each spending roughly $25 - 30 billion on new renewable capacity, including small hydro. China is boosting its wind power capacity: in 2010 China alone installed almost half the global market (16.5 GW). Africa has a growing interest in wind power, with a 300 MW project currently under construction in Kenya and wind projects in advanced stages in Ethiopia and Tanzania. The global market volume for environmental products and services currently runs to about $1,370 billion. Renewable energies comprised fully one quarter of global power capacity from all sources and delivered 18 % of global electricity supply in 2009. Globally, some 300,000 workers are employed in wind power and perhaps 170,000 in solar photovoltaics (PV). In India, an initiative to replace inefficient biomass cooking stoves in nine million households with more advanced ones would create 150,000 jobs and in 2006, there were 3.5 million direct jobs in energy efficiency-related activities in the United States, plus another 4.5 million indirect jobs, for a total of just over 8 million.

I particularly wanted to share a few facts with you this month with more in the coming months as we lead into the government putting forward it's mechanism to put a price on carbon - as business, particularly those with a vested interest in business as usual, must be shown the world won't collapse with a price on carbon. New industries are emerging and they are lucrative!

Now let me indulge and give you a light hearted look at the plight of climate policy in the US. Check out this Jon Stewart segment on the Daily Show recently. Don't laugh too loud though, as I'm sure it looks and sounds like Australian political rhetoric. But perhaps this time round, Australia might just succeed with a price on carbon - forcing us to play catch up with the rest of the world on clean technology!

This leads me to take a quick look back on international climate policy. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was mooted in a meeting involving the United Nations and the International Meteorological Organisation in 1979, thirty two years ago. The first report of the IPCC implicating humans in causation of global warming leading to climate change was in 1988, twenty three years ago.

The world first agreed to put a price on carbon in 1993 (18 years ago) at the Rio Earth Summit. In December 1997 (almost 14 years ago) The Kyoto Protocol - a mechanism to put a price on carbon, was signed and ratified by virtually all of the nations of the Earth (oh - that's right not by the US and Australia). Fortunately Mr Rudd won the election and Australia signed on December 3rd, 2007 and for a month Australians were heros at the UNFCCC in Bali. 

Not to be all doom and gloom, on the proactive side, Costa Rica introduced the world's first carbon tax (Yes - Costa Rica) in 1997. Since then 35 countries have imposed a price on carbon - even the state of Quebec in Canada (the colossal fossil) has a carbon tax and none of them have collapsed yet - if anything, these regions have thrived! So keep up the good work Mr Combet and the Multi-Party Climate Change party. Let's move Australia forward into the low carbon economy and allow us to start to play catch-up with the rest of the world. The green economy awaits us!

Have a safe and restful Easter and Anzac Day long weekend. May there be much contemplation and renewal of your personal vision of clean green world, a world safe for generations to come where there is abundance for all!

Best regards
Anne-Maree Huxley
Founder and CEO MOSS

Be recognised for Environmental Leadership and Stewardship. The annual national World Environment Day Awards program invites nominations from individuals, organisations, businesses, local councils, schools, journalists and community groups whose work serves to protect, manage or restore our natural heritage. Entries close Friday May 6th

The British Council is funding Australian entrepreneurs
to develop sustainability projects. Applications close May 9. The Australian government could do with following their lead!

Social Accountability International
(SAI) has developed a new tool and training kit Social Fingerprint to help companies measure and improve their social impact.
Big Brands Launch Sustainable Packaging Trade Group. Big-name companies such as ConAgra, Colgate-Palmolive, Kellogg, Procter & Gamble, DuPont and Dow Chemical formed a new trade organization to give industry a voice on policy issues related to sustainable packaging. The group plans to lobby for science-driven sustainable packaging policies that don't favor any one type of material over Read more...

For 15 years, Australian governments have tried to reduce carbon emissions with over 300 different programs. They are analysed in a new Grattan Institute report, Learning the hard way: Australian policies to reduce carbon emissions.

The Government's chief climate change advisor Prof Ross Garnaut has released the final three Update Papers on carbon pricing, low emissions technology and transforming the electricity sector. The final report will be delivered to the Government by the end of May and prepares the way for a price on carbon.

Pricing pollution and clean energy policies unlock door to regional Australia's clean energy jobs potential.

Federal Climate Change Minister Greg Combet meets with China to address joint action on climate change. He also welcomes the public forums of the newly established Climate Commission chaired by Professor Tim Flannery. Forums have been held in Geelong and Ipswich with Port Macquarie due April 28. It does not deliver the dozens of presentations held each month as part of the ACF Climate Project - but it's a good start to engage business, government and community in the debate as Australia aims to implement a price on carbon - despite robust action taken by business groups with a vested interest in business as usual.

Corporates aid Japan recovery.
The Coca-Cola company recently pledged it would raise 2.5 billion yen (US$31million) for relief and rebuilding in Japan. US supermarket chain Walmart has also committed an initial $5 million as part of its giving program.

Carbon Trade Exchange has teamed up with Westpac Bank
to establish an electronic interface. The platform will allow companies to trade on the Exchange from their bank account.

Qld based Independent Inspections and FWR Group release their Certificate IV, Diploma and Vocational Graduate Certificate - Sustainable Operations.

In the lead up to 2012 Rio Earth Summit (Rio +20) new though leadership continues to emerge as stakeholders aim to renewed political commitment to sustainable development. The Summit will focus on two specific themes: a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and an institutional framework for sustainable development.

STOXX launches global Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) indices with Sustainalytics data.

UNFCCC Bangkok Conference delivers minimal outcomes to enable a Durban Agreement. Parties in Bonn however have agreed the selection of the forty members who will be entrusted with the task of designing the Green Climate Fund, the new institution which will manage long-term finance mobilized to enable developing countries to address climate change.

$10 m Swinburne green tower will deliver much-needed green training for the building, construction and plumbing industries.

ShippingEfficiency.org an initiative of the Carbon War Room assesses and provides energy efficiency ratings for over 60,000 international vessels.

Major maritime media industry organisation Baird Publications has joined the World Ocean Council (WOC). The Council aims to bring together the international ocean business community to address environmental, sustainability and stewardship issues.
Responsible Investor reports that software giant Oracle is to be deleted from the FTSE4Good index series due to human and labour rights. read more

MOSS : Industry Views

McKinsey Managing Director Dominic Barton argues that business must take the lead in renewing capitalism or risk losing popular and political support for the global economic system This Harvard Business Review also has links to articles by Paul Polman and Roger Ferguson on repairing capitalism.

The EU Emissions Trading System is failing at the third attempt, according to a joint briefing from Carbon Trade Watch and Corporate Europe Observatory. The briefing claims that the ETS in practice has ?rewarded major polluters with windfall profits, while undermining efforts to reduce pollution and achieve a more equitable and sustainable economy'. Read more...

Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz Chief Executive of ICTSD, reflects on the means, as well as the limits, of the international trade system to provide solutions for sustainability.

Demystifying Energy. Guest blogger at the Atlantic, Julio Friedman, writes Why its hard to talk about energy. Julio is the Carbon Management Program Leader for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the technical leader for the clean coal consortium under the US-China Clean Energy Research Centre. I promise it's worth a read!

Julian Cribb author of the Coming Famine, shares why food will become more expensive and scarce in years to come.
Julian was one of dozens of specialist speakers who shared their views at the recent Sustainable Food Summit in Melbourne. Speaker videos, notes and or podcasts are freely available and can all be found at http://3pillarsnetworkptyltd.cmail5.com/t/ViewEmail/r/16DEFCF4B02FF4D9/EEF89203A30B9EC23D3F7F9A22A6E02E. Apart from the engaging dialogue, A Sustainable Food Lab was proposed. This will ensure that innovative and resilient solutions are being introduced to the entire food system in Australia. All are invited to partake.

Primary producers will be pushed to keep up with soaring global biofuels demand, according to Hart Energys Global Biofuels Outlook

National Resource Council suggests U.S. naval forces need to prepare for serious national security threats stemming from climate change impacts that are "certain," happening now and being caused by human activity.

MOSS : Reports

Australia's Pacific Hydro wins best SME report as part of the global CR Reporting Awards 2011. Other winners include HP, Virgin, Vodafone...

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has released its new Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV). The guide, the first major attempt to package approaches to ecosystem valuation specifically for business, offers the private sector a framework for understanding how - and how much - their businesses depend on ecosystem services.

The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) presented its latest flagship report World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability explaining the reasons for the urgent need for a ?post fossil-nuclear metabolism? and presents 10 measures to accelerate the transition. A short must read summary and one you should send to your local member!

Climate Institute releases [unrecognized beecos tag: {http://www.climateinstitute.org.au/business/methodologyClimate Change Best Practice Methodology}] to improve the management of climate change risks and opportunities in investment portfolios. The step-by-step guide is designed to assist asset owners in designing and implementing a programme that will raise the standard of climate change management in their organisation to the highest global industry benchmarks.

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) has released The Climate Technology Mechanism: Issues and Challenges a major outcome of Cancun.

Corporate Register.com has launched a new Australian reporting website in partnership with Net Balance, AustraliaReporting.com. The site aims to be the ?go-to' place for corporate responsibility reporting in the region and is the first in a series of CR resources partnership websites. In case you don't get there this month, here's a few new reports just out...

ING has published its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2010.

GlaxoSmithKlein has released their 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report

Clean Edge publishes its [unrecognized beecos tag: { link http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2011/03/14/10th-annual-clean-energy-trends-report-highlights-steady-growth 10th annual Clean Energy Trends Report}]

LaTrobe University is taking sustainability seriously with its Generations Program providing an insight into the University's social, economic and environmental footprint for 2010.

A recent EcoAlign survey found that US citizens are moving to energy efficient lighting options and are happy with the result. While savings are important to consumer satisfaction other value attributes are also associated with efficiency the report finds.

MOSS : Education and Events

Qld based Independent Inspections and FWR Group, have just release their Certificate IV, Diploma and Vocational Graduate Certificate - Sustainable Operations. Click here to download all the details.

Click here to go to our event listings, and to download videos and audio files from previous events including the Sustainable Food Summit in Melbourne.

That's it for this now. Until next edition, stay safe and enjoy some time out with loved ones this Easter and Anzac Day long weekend. Our special thanks also to Jennifer Sinclair and Alice Howard-Vyse who've provided much needed assistance to MOSS over recent months including pulling together much of our newsletter content.  It's great appreciated.  We also welcome Ruth Balmer from Sydney who joins us next month.
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