A delicate symbiosis – Green cities and the mining sector

Our cities of the future need to be cleaner, greener and technologically superior. This will rely heavily on mined natural resources, and has already set in motion a transformation of the sector as we know it. This article is part of our Future Cities Series, where our experts explore the pressures facing our cities in the post-Covid era and map out the key issues and industry themes in re-thinking urban life. Read more

A climate change duty of care: Sharma v Minister for the Environment

The recent decision of Justice Bromberg in Sharma v Minister for the Environment [2021] FCA 560 found that a novel duty of care is owed by the Minister for the Environment to Australian children who might suffer potential “catastrophic harm” from the climate change implications of approving the extension to the Vickery coal mine in New South Wales. Read more

EP&C re-post: Adoption of Equator Principles 4

On 18 November 2019, the updated version of the Equator Principles (EP), EP4, was adopted by the Equator Principles Association. EP4 will apply to mandated transactions from 1 July 2020. The key amendments are as follows: Please click here to view the post on Environment, Planning & Communities Notes. Read more

Climate change: Succeed in a lower-carbon future

In a 2019 global survey, 1,250 CEOs rated environmental / climate change risk the single biggest threat to business growth. The race is on for businesses to understand their environmental impact and to manage the legal risks to succeed in a lower-carbon future. Our report, which gathers insights from our global experts, considers the political, … Read more

EPC Re-post: Review of the Equator Principles – Draft EP4 released for comment

By William Oxby, Partner, Brisbane, Antony Crockett, Senior Consultant, Hong Kong and Louise Kruger, Senior Associate, Brisbane. The Equator Principles (EPs) is a risk management framework adopted by financial institutions to determine, assess and manage environmental and social risks of the projects they finance. Established in 2003, the EPs have been adopted by 96 financial … Read more

Clive Palmer and Al Gore team up in a remarkable day for carbon in Australia

Yesterday was a remarkable day here for carbon-related issues. Clive Palmer has substantially changed position. He won’t support Direct Action – he says that it ‘is a waste of money’. Nor will he support the abolition of various key existing carbon-related statutory agencies or the Renewable Energy Target. What he now advocates is the implementation … Read more