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Navigating transition finance: An action list

26 March 2024
This report explores how transition finance can help decarbonise high-emitting activities and enable decarbonisation in other economic activities. The report provides recommendations to improve awareness, provide clarity on transition activities and finance products, and mitigate risks associated with transition finance. A collaborative effort is required to navigate the complex landscape of economic, regulatory, environmental, and technological considerations.

Australian material flow analysis to progress to a circular economy

5 March 2024
This report provides a comprehensive material flow account for Australia in 2019 to support the assessment of its circular economy progress. The report highlights key areas where policy interventions can improve material intensity, resource efficiency, and waste minimisation. It also evaluates Australia's circularity indicators and performs well on three proposed indicators.

The material footprint of nations

19 May 2015
This research paper explores consumption-based indicators of resource use, asserting that developed countries have increased the use of natural resources at a slower rate than economic growth, but this is untrue. Material Footprint (MF) uncovers the full material requirements of nations, offering insights into actual resource productivity.

Asset-level data and the energy transition: Findings from ET risk work package 2

10 April 2018
The authors of this report synthesised asset-level data across six major carbon-emitting industries for the Energy Transition Risk Project. The report demonstrated the potential capabilities of asset-level data and the expanding portfolio of analytical building blocks available for Energy Transition risk assessment.

A sewing kit for living wages: Pathways to living wages in global garment supply chains

4 September 2017
The report provides a roadmap for textile brands to commit and implement living wages in their supply chains, as well as explain the importance of providing decent wages to workers.

Greenlight or gaslight? The transition minerals dilemma for Australia

3 May 2023
This report highlights the risks associated with the global dependency on transition minerals for a carbon-free future. It explores potential oversupply and undersupply risks, supply chain ethics, and the environmental impacts of mining such minerals in Australia.

Energy technology perspectives 2023

This report examines risks and opportunities surrounding the development and scale-up of clean energy and technology supply chains through the lenses of energy security, resilience, and sustainability. It analyses critical questions around clean energy and technology supply chains and presents policy recommendations for governments, businesses, investors and citizens around the world.

Inclusive business financing: Where commercial opportunity and sustainability converge

12 June 2018
This report explores how best to finance inclusive businesses, which have gained prominence for reducing poverty and inequality in developing countries. Drawing on case studies from across Asia, it examines bank debt and private equity as conduits for financing, and offers recommendations for improving the financing of inclusive businesses.

Facilitating a circular economy for textiles workshop report

This report provides insights on the current status of circularity in the textile industry including waste generation, social and environmental impact, raw material use, and data challenges. The report highlights research needs, boundary-spanning tools, and standards to facilitate a circular economy.

Geopolitics of the energy transition: Critical materials

This paper explores strategic approaches for ensuring a sustainable energy transition by investigating the geopolitical aspects of critical materials including their supply chain, responsible efficiency, emergence of new technologies, their impact on labour rights, as well as suggesting ways to mitigate their risks and boost cooperation between countries.
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