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.
- 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 Claims and the TPA Guide
This guide assists businesses in determining the best way to promote themselves.
- Greenhouse Friendly™
The Greenhouse Friendly initiative operated from 2001 to 30 June 2010. The National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS ) replaced the Greenhouse Friendly initiative from 1 July 2010.
Through Greenhouse Friendly, Australian businesses were able to market carbon neutral products and services, deliver greenhouse gas abatement and give Australian consumers greater purchasing choice.
All Greenhouse Friendly product and service providers' offsets were sourced from Greenhouse Friendly approved abatement activities only. These abatement activities offered permanent, independently verified carbon offsets which represented emissions reductions or sequestration which had contributed to a net reduction of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.
- 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
- Energy Efficiencies Opportunities Act
The Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) Program is an Australian Government initiative encouraging large energy-using businesses to increase their energy efficiency by improving the identification, evaluation and implementation of cost-effective energy saving opportunities.
The program is mandatory for organisations that use over 0.5 petajoules (PJ) of energy annually and may be undertaken voluntarily by medium energy-users.
- National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act
This Act establishes the legislative framework for the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System.
- Renewable Energy Target
An expanded national Renewable Energy Target (RET) is one of the Australian Government’s complementary measure to the CPRS to ensure that 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity supply comes from renewable energy 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.
- Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence
The Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence recognise and reward those Tasmanians whose actions enhance, preserve and protect the Tasmanian 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
- The Clean Energy Innovation Centre (CEIC)
through its complementary services program with its three partner organisations, Newcastle Innovation, Australian Institute for Commercialisation and the WA Sustainable Energy Association, is producing information such as technical fact sheets, papers and presentations from forums with relevant academics and industry. All of this non-client specific material may be of relevance and/or interest to the broader community.
- EcoBiz Queensland
EcoBiz is run by the Queensland Government to assists businesses identify efficiencies in waste, water and energy for financial and environmental benefits.
- Grow me the Money - Victoria
Grow Me The Money is a 12 month online program developed in partnership with the Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Environment Protection Authority Victoria to help small-to-medium sized businesses become more sustainable and save money.
- Resource Smart - Victoria
Resource Smart provides information and tools for Victorian businesses, households, schools and government to assist in reducing the impact of these organisations on the environment.
- Carbon Down - Victoria
Carbon down is a partnership between business and government dedicated to reducing Victoria’s carbon footprint through innovative, practical solutions.
- 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.
- Small Business, Big Impact: A Guide to achieving a green bottom line - WA
provide tips on ways a small business can change its operations to reduce the impact on the environment, while also reducing costs and improving profitability
- Business Sustainability Alliance - South Australia
The BSA co-ordinates the delivery of services and information from the South Australian Government to support sustainable business practice.
Procurement of climate change friendly goods and services
- Energy Rating
The Department of Environment Water Heritage and the Arts administers ‘energyrating.gov.au’, which is Australia’s leading guide to choosing energy efficient appliances.
ECO-Buy, funded by the Department of Sustainability & Environment and Sustainability Victoria, offers a portal to support organisations to ‘green’ their purchasing, 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 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 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.