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Useful websites

Accreditation and certification

  • National Carbon Offset Standard
    The Australian Government introduced the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) on 1 July 2010. The NCOS provides national consistency and consumer confidence in the voluntary carbon market. The standard: - provides guidance on what is a genuine voluntary carbon emissions offset - sets minimum requirements for calculating, auditing and offsetting the carbon footprint of an organisation, product or event to voluntarily achieve 'carbon neutrality'
  • ACCC Carbon Price Claims
    Information about the ACCC's role in educating businesses about their responsibilties under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 when making carbon price claims.
  • Enterprise Connect
    Enterprise Connect offers comprehensive, confidential advice and support to eligible Australian small and medium businesses to help them transform and reach their full potential.

Australian Government legislation

  • National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act
    This Act establishes the legislative framework for the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System.
  • Renewable Energy Target
    The national Renewable Energy Target (RET) is one of the Australian Government's measures to ensure that 20 per cent of Australia's electricity supply comes from renewable sources by 2020.
  • Green marketing and the Trade Practices Act
    A guide to educate businesses about their obligations regarding environmental claims under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. It aims to assist manufacturers, suppliers, advertisers and others to assess the strength of any environmental claims they make and to improve the accuracy and usefulness to consumers of their labelling, packaging and advertising.

Awards for environmental excellence

  • Hobart City Council Edward Hall Awards
    These annual awards aim to recognise the efforts made by schools, communities and businesses in Southern Tasmania who conserve and protect the environment.
  • The National Banksia awards
    The Banksia Awards aim to raise the profile of the current environmental issues facing Australia and recognise those whose initiatives are an encouragement and an example for others to follow.

Interstate climate change related programs for business

  • EcoBiz Queensland
    EcoBiz is funded by the Queensland Government to help businesses reduce waste, water and power use, saving money and becoming more sustainable.
  • Sustainability Victoria
    Sustainability Victoria provides information and tools for Victorian businesses, households, schools and communities to help them reduce their impact on the environment.
  • Sustainability Advantage - NSW
    Sustainability Advantage assists NSW businesses with sustainability, identifying ways businesses can benefit from sustainable action and providing a clear path for action.

Procurement of climate change friendly goods and services

  • Energy Rating
    Australia's leading guide to choosing energy efficient appliances. It is also available as a mobile app.
  • Eco-Buy
    ECO-Buy is a not for profit organisation that supports organisations to make sustainable purchasing choices, providing a wide range of services and resources, including ECO-Find, which is a comprehensive online directory of independently assessed green products and suppliers.
  • Choice Magazine - green
    CHOICE Green presents our research and verdicts about lifestyle choices that are billed as more sustainable – from transport options to the food you eat.

Resources for the built environment

  • Ecospecifier
    Ecospecifier is an online database providing information to the building and construction sector on environmentally friendly products, materials and technologies.
  • Green Star rating tools
    The Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating system assists the property industry to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, with tools currently available or in development for a variety of sectors, including commercial offices, retail centres, education facilities, health care facilities and public buildings.
  • National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
    The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) is a performance-based rating system for existing buildings, administered by the NSW Government’s Department of Environment and Climate Change. NABERS rates a building on the basis of its measured operational impacts on the environment. NABERS now incorporates the Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR), which has been re-named NABERS OFFICE Energy .
  • NatHERS - Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme
    NatHERS is a national framework that regulates how Australian homes are rated for their thermal performance. It enables the design of a home to be assessed by skilled professionals using sophisticated computer modeling programs to improve the quality of design and achieve building approvals.