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Welcome to the Carbon Tax Edition to MOSS News Views and Events.

It's been almost two weeks now since the Gillard Government announced the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee's plan to transition Australia into a clean energy, low carbon economy or what some also refer to as the Green Economy. Having been involved for the last 4 years at the highest level of thought leadership globally as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the World Climate Summit where business, government and community meet annually to review policy, discuss challenges, celebrate and share success stories and collaborate on a new way forward post Kyoto, I have to say I think it's a fair package of policies and reform to take Australia forward and bring us into line with the majority of the developed world.

Most Australians do not realise how much above our weight Australia punches in the international arena. The commitments now on the table that we expect will be legislated by October/November will help enormously to influence our lagging international counterparts like Canada and the US to also step up and take meaningful material action to stop dangerous climate change.

The 27 EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, China, India, Costa Rica, Japan, NZ and several regions of the US have already either implemented a carbon tax or ETS or are putting plans in place to do so. So there is no fear that of Australia will be leading the world - however what we do, is show the rest of the world how a country divided by opinion and skeptism can work collaboratively through a multi-party committee to deliver a road map - an action plan, that puts Australia back into the race - to develop innovation and IP that we can take to the rest of the world that will build our credentials and our economy.

I realise not everyone agrees (some of the abusive emails and messages I have received have been testament to that) and many more feel it's not worthwhile doing anything when they can not see developing countries such as China, India and Indonesia playing their part, but what few realise is they are - and China in particular is as much part of the solution as they are part of the problem.

When the world first started to negotiate the Koto Protocol, China was a developing country. Today however it straddles both worlds with a powerhouse economy - yet the majority of its population are still living below the poverty line.

China are currently investing $9b a month into new technology and innovation - that's 1% of its GDP. No other country in the world has yet made that commitment despite recommendations by the former head of the World Bank and author of the Economics on Climate Change Lord Stern - that this is what all governments globally should be spending now, if we want to minimise our risk of economic collapse from dangerous climate change and continue business as usual.

China forecasts its green economy will be worth $1t by 2012 - 13. A recent report from HSBC suggest the global green economy will be worth $1.5 - $2.7t by 2020 so I think it's fair to say China's commitment to own the Green Economy is paying dividends. China know they missed out on the industrial revolution and the IT boom - they have made it very clear they want to own the green economy and they are well on their way to doing just that. So by 2020 they will have both continued to strengthen their own economy as well as having brought down the cost of almost every renewable and clear energy technology from LED's to wind turbines, solar panels - even solar roads - making it affordable for the rest of the world.

Last year I was privy to a presentation at the Melb Carbon Expo where Dr Hu Tao a senior Environmental Economist for China reminded us China are manufacturers not innovators and they were looking to import 60% of their Green Technology. This is the real opportunity for Australia. Our job is to work out what China and the rest of the world needs as our global population grows, resources become scarce, sea levels rise and catastrophic climatic events increase. Bio-fuels, innovation in food production, construction, soil carbon sequestration, clean coal, water filtering and management systems are just the tip of the melting iceberg.

So if innovating and future proofing your business is important to you, perhaps it's time to join a FREE MOSS Innovating for Green Growth workshop to be held in PERTH, ADELAIDE, MELBOURNE & TOWNSVILLE in August. We will also help demystify the carbon tax and what it means to you.

Our special thanks to Enterprise Connect, EastRiver Software , Mobile Muster and Siemens for supporting this important event series.

And as we see more and more individuals wake up to the opportunities of the clean, green, low carbon economy, we're being bombarded almost daily with requests for information on careers. So check out our Careers webpage.

For those more interested in Careers in Community Development, check out the MapYou new career mapping and mentoring support services.

We only produce our newsletter bi-monthly and this is a bumper editation, so grab a coffee - (if it's after 5pm - a glass of wine) and enjoy the carbon tax edition of MOSS News Views and Events.

Cheers
Anne-Maree Huxley
Founder and CEO MOSS

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MOSS : News

Prospect of limiting the global increase in temperature to 2 degrees is getting bleaker.
Energy-related carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2010 were the highest in history, according to the latest estimates by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

EU Business say increasing Europe's climate ambition Business Declaration- Increasing Europes Climate Ambition will be Good for the EU Economy and Jobs.pdf will be good for the EU Economy and Jobs.

Productivity Commission Study shows world acting on climate change. The Productivity Commission's comprehensive study of carbon policies in key economies confirms the world is increasingly acting on climate change and a carbon price is the lowest-cost way to cut pollution. Full Report...

The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia in the Global Response to Climate Change examines how developments in science, diplomacy, political culture and the economy have affected the national interest case for Australian climate change action.

Renewable Energy Enters a New Arena as $3.2 billion is invested in Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to consolidate support for renewable energy technology development as part of its package of measures for Australia's clean energy future. of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Enters a New Arena.pdf Read more...

CSIRO Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia provides the latest scientific knowledge on climate change . Give a copy to your local media outlet -it might just help deliver some facts rather than shock jock fiction!

East River Software Energy and Carbon Emissions Management Platform (ECMP) enables organisations to focus on reducing energy and water consumption as well as automating carbon emissions management and reporting for all energy sources including electricity, water, gas, fuels, solar, wind, waste and renewables.

Coastal Maps help SA Prepare for Climate Change More...

UK strengthens efforts UK in Tackling Climate Change.

Carbon Farming Initiativea Win for Farmers, Indigenous Australia and the environment.

NEnergy of Norway (ENE) has developed a breakthrough process for refining plant matter (biomass) into usable energy in the form of ethanol, lignin (or "green" coal) and biogas. West Canning Advanced Energy Project.pdf More...

AGIC's Sustainability Rating Tool nears completion More...

Could 2013 be a Tipping Point for Sustainability Spending? Corporate spending on sustainability could double in 2013 from current levels, sparking a massive market expansion as companies increasingly see the business value of investing in enterprise-wide programs. More...

Samsung to Plough $7B into Green Energy Center Read more...

Commissioner welcomes equal remuneration findings that the work of the Social and Community Services sector is undervalued. More...

Kraft Foods Invests $10 Million in a Three-pronged Approach to Eradicate Child Malnutrition in Indonesia and Bangladesh by teaching sustainable farming skills, creating microenterprises and providing nutrition education. Read more...

Kraft's Recipe for Greener Mac-n-Cheese and Oreos Kraft Foods wants to use less water, energy and packaging in the manufacture of its stable of well-known food products More...

Australia's public transport a poor cousin to roads. New analysis shows governments across Australia are spending at least four times more on building roads and bridges than on public transport infrastructure.Read more...

Carbon credit plan could save $500m. An IRISH carbon exchange could prevent "leakage" of up to ?500 million a year from the domestic economy by the end of the decade, as well as providing a fresh source of funding for the green sector. Read more...

Junior Masterchef winners launch watermelon challenge. Junior Masterchef winner Isabella Bliss and her twin sister Sofia, a top four finalist, are encouraging children across the country to get into the garden and harness their inner greenie by attempting to grow Australia's heaviest watermelon! Masterchef winner launches Yates Junior Landcare Watermelon Challenge.pdf More...

MOSS : Views

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Seven Interventions. The Old Economy fails us because it concentrates power in unaccountable corporations and financial markets that value money more than life. Here are seven critical sources of Old Economy failure each paired with its New Economy solution.

$37 billion on takeaway food? Time for a carbon free diet! The growing problem of obesity in Australia is alarming - as Australians work our way up to the world's fattest nation, the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) urges Australians to work on our energy diet. [unrecognized beecos tag: {Prof Ray wills 37 billion on takeaway food Time for a carbon free diet.doc More...}]

Al Gore shared his view about climate change and suggested some ways to make a difference. More...

Humans we argue have changed the way that the planet works now they have to change the way they think about it too.

No doubt there is a climate change debate and no doubt either that it is being manufactured according to Graham Readfearn from ABCs the Drum

The plausibility gap in the denial of climate change science. For climate change 'sceptics', denialists or contrarians to be right about the science of climate change, an alternative reality must be both plausible and logical.

Rights without responsibilities lead corporations to false profits.

Inside Methods Method of Design Packaging design is a central focus of Method's product development process. How can the packaging design process be used to address the impact of producing millions of plastic bottles each year?

Best Books About Green Business. What's yours? Heres some US views and best reads.

Gratton Report Investing in regions: Making a difference, shows unless governments recognize the fast-changing reality of regional Australia, they will continue to both waste money and deprive many citizens of much-needed services.

Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy at present in Australia, but puzzlingly that's it's almost totally ignored in policy.

Ten lessons learned. Bob Langert, Vice President, CSR McDonald's Shares his top ten list of observations based on two decades in corporate citizenship.

Environmentalism: The Way Forward. Clive Hamilton says It is true to say that environmentalism in Australia has lost its way.

10 Perspectives on the Future of Water Similar to the challenges facing us with climate change, action on water scarcity is torturously slow. But unlike climate change, water shortages are a near-term life-or-death situation. The good news is that the battle isn't going unfought.

How Cities, States and the Feds are Making Buildings Greener At the US Green Building Council's recent Government Summit - it was as clear to all in attendance that governments at every level are leading by example in building sustainability. Read more...

Real Estate Portfolio Managers Find Millions of Reasons to Go Green

MOSS : Reports

CDP launches first global cities report. CDP and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) have launched the first CDP Cities Global Report which presents the greenhouse gas emissions levels and reduction techniques employed by 42 major cities. More...

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists climate change is likely to cause dramatic increases in respiratory disease from ozone pollution.

Government releases Kakadu: Vulnerability to climate change impacts that examines the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on the South Alligator River system in Kakadu National Park.

Marks and Spencer publishes 2011 How We Do Business Report Four years on from the launch of Plan A, M&S provides an assured update on progress for all 180 of its commitments.

Barclays publishes Citizenship Report 2010

Intel Corporation publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report

Motorola Mobility publishes 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report

World Climate Roundtable EU Summary Report provides a snap-shot summary of key considerations and recommendations of how to accelerate green growth and tackle climate change discussed during the inaugural World Climate Roundtable in the EU.

Bayer publishes Sustainable Development Report 2010

MOSS : Events

Click here to review all events and to register for the MOSS Innovating For Green Growth Workshop Series.

Jobs n Careers

Engineers Australia is seeking to appoint an outstanding CEO who will provide inspiring leadership, and will help shape and implement Engineers Australia's strategic vision and plans for the future. More details...

Volunteers no longer have to merely stuff envelopes or rattle a tin for loose change. They can now get actively involved in their communities by offering their specific skills and professional experience. Details...

Most NFP Executives Plan to Leave Within Five Years: US Study Two-thirds of US NFP Executives plan to leave their jobs within the next five years, citing frustration with their organisations' shaky finances, under-performing boards of directors, and the difficulty of maintaining healthy work-life balance in their demanding roles, according to a US study.

Board Appointments. The Government has announced the appointment of Ms Tanya Cox and Ms Linda Nicholls to the Board of Directors of Low Carbon Australia Limited.

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