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In the media – Point Advisory, Norton Rose and the Future Business Council

Managing Climate Risk – A Program for Corporate Decision Makers

In June 2017,  the Future Business CouncilNorton Rose Fulbright and Point Advisory ran training sessions in Sydney and Melbourne for corporate decision makers. The training provided an overview of the specific ways that climate change can affect private sector bottom lines, how companies can analyse their own vulnerability to climate change, and how the associated risks can be managed and included in disclosures to investors.

The training was well received by attendees and has subsequently been made the focus of an article in Eco-Business: “Australian business is waking up to climate risks“.

The team  is accepting expressions of interest for future workshops via the FBC website.

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Point Advisory welcomes Rod Marsh

We are pleased to announce that Rod Marsh has joined Point Advisory as a Senior Advisor. 

Rod has over 15 years’ experience as a public-sector policy advisor and manager, and private sector economist and consultant. Rod established and led the economics and climate change practice at sustainability consulting firm Net Balance (now Ernst & Young).

As a Director at Deloitte Economics, Rod was a founding member of Deloitte’s Climate Change and Sustainability Executive. At both Net Balance and Deloitte, Rod worked on a wide range of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects across government, energy, transport and resources sectors.

Before joining the private sector, Rod held senior policy advisory roles at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

We welcome Rod to the Point Advisory team.

Rod can be contacted here.

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Point Advisory welcomes Rebecca De Cicco

We are pleased to announce that Rebecca De Cicco has joined Point Advisory as a Senior Associate in the Built Environment (BIM) team. 

Rebecca has worked in the AEC field for 15 years and more recently been involved with BIM related activities on a global scale. Having worked and lived in the UK over ten years, her experience lies in the strategic, managerial and technical aspects of BIM and as a consultant she has worked in all areas to support the Construction Industry at a variety of differing scales.

Previously she has worked with the UK Government BIM Task group to support a number of initiatives including the BIM 2050 Team, is part of many industry groups such as BuildingSmart UK and currently sits on the Autodesk Developer council.

Rebecca is a RICs Certified BIM Manager, has AUTODESK EXPERT ELITE status, and has previously worked on the UK BIM Standards, making here very well qualified for work both here in Australia and internationally.

Rebecca recently relocated back to Australia yet her close connections and industry contacts still remain intact as she works on projects of a global scale to support, implement and provide training within a BIM context.

We welcome Rebecca to the Point Advisory team.

Rebecca can be contacted here.

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TRAINING COURSE – Managing Climate Risk

Upcoming training: Managing Climate Risk – A Program for Corporate Decision Makers

“The days of viewing climate change within a purely ethical, environmental or long-term frame have passed” (APRA, February 2017)

With a changing climate comes new and heightened risks for businesses. Not only can more intense extreme weather lead to physical damage, market disruption and reduced profitability, but regulatory responses will continue to tighten and investor sentiment will shift. There now is a developing legal opinion that the disclosure of climate-related and transitional risks is a fiduciary duty and that failing to consider climate risks could lead to liability for company directors in the future (for breach of duty of care and diligence).

In light of these developments, corporate decision-makers must understand the risks to their business and the best practice mechanisms for management and disclosure.

This training program will be an opportunity to hear from experts from the Future Business Council, Norton Rose Fulbright and Point Advisory on the drivers for corporate action on climate risk and the emerging frameworks to manage and disclose these risks.

This is a must attend training event for all risk managers, company directors, C-suite and senior executives.




Program Overview

Policy setting

  • The Paris Agreement and carbon policies
  • Australia’s Paris targets and Australian legislative and regulatory framework

Legal risks

  • Disclosure, litigation and shareholder activism
  • Divestment movement, stranded assets and social license to operate

Climate risks and opportunities

  • Transitional and physical climate-related risks
  • Climate-related opportunities

What should companies do?

  • Framework, tools and processes to identify, manage and mitigate risks

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Sustainable Procurement Masterclass (Low Carbon), 26th April, Melbourne.

 How to use ISO20400 to successfully achieve social, environmental and economic objectives through procurement

After 4 years of development, ISO20400 is coming! Join other like-minded Sustainability and Procurement Professionals from the public and private sectors for an highly interactive one-day workshop (15 participants maximum) about how to use ISO20400, the first international standard on Sustainable Procurement publishing in March 2017, to manage social, environmental and economic risks and opportunities in your supply chains!

The program

Use ISO20400
> Discuss the framework provided by ISO20400 for each level of the Procurement / Supply Chain Management activity: Policy, Strategy, Organisation and Process
> Test how your organisation is currently complying with ISO20400 and benchmark leaders in Australia and abroad

Set your priorities
> Understand how to identify major social, environmental and economic risks for your whole spend as well as at the category level: good, service, asset
> Workshop priority setting on your own spend and share your ideas with others
> Understand how sustainability impacts total cost of ownership

Implement a strategy
> Discover in detail how to integrate social, environmental and economic issues in your sourcing strategy and key documents e.g. specs, evaluation plan, draft contract
> Workshop how to practically do it on a specific procurement project, benchmark your strategy with other organisations through our database of 600 case studies and share your ideas with other participants

What others think about our training

‘Structured, fun and great international examples’
‘Pleasantly surprised how enjoyable it was, particularly the engagement of the facilitator’
ACT Government

‘Exceeded my expectations’ – ‘Loved it! Big surprise!’
‘This was enjoyable and relevant to my work

Transport for NSW

Your ISO20400 trainer for all sessions

Jean-Louis Haie
Managing Director Planet Procurement
Jean-Louis has trained more than 600 professionals on Sustainable Procurement. For the past 3 years, he has led the Australian Committee on the project of ISO20400 and has represented Australia at the international level of the project. With 10 years of experience in Procurement, he provides sensible and practical guidance on all social, environmental and economic aspects of Sustainable Procurement.


When: Wednesday 29 March
Where: National Botanic Gardens
Your 2nd trainer – Ruth Bayley
Director Bayley and Associates


When: Thursday 4 May
Where: The New Inchcolm Hotel
Your 2nd trainer – Sue Koreman
Sustainability Consultant, InSKope


When: Wednesday 26 April
Where: General Assembly
Your 2nd trainer – Christophe Brulliard, Principal Economist, Point Advisory

Specific session on low carbon!


When: Tuesday 9 May
Where: The Ethics Center
Your 2nd trainer – Mark Lyster
Director Action Sustainability

Who: Sustainability & CSR professionals, Procurement & Supply Chain professionals
Price: 990 AUD (includes lunch)   –   Early bird: 840 AUD (before 28 February)
Register: send an email to, call us on 0423 328 603

Draft NCOS Buildings & Precincts open for consultation

The Department of Environment and Energy has recently released drafts of two new draft standards for industry consultation: the National Carbon Offset Standard for Buildings and the National Carbon Offset Standard for Precincts. To see the draft standards and provide feedback, click here.

In addition, the Department (along with the NABERS team and the Green Buildings Council of Australia) are hosting a webinar on the draft NCOS for Buildings standard on Friday 16 December from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Those wishing to attend should register through the GBCA Event Calendar.

These voluntary standards will enable new and existing buildings and precincts to gain accreditation to declare carbon neutrality to the NCOS standard, and to use the highly-regarded NCOS trademark as a public statement of the integrity of their claim.

Point Advisory is very pleased to have assisted the Department in the development of these standards. We believe they are an important step in helping to drive the built environment sector towards the significant emissions reductions that we know are possible.

To discuss any aspect of NCOS or carbon neutrality, email Christophe Brulliard.


Report release: EEOB – Transforming the Mid-Tier Sector

Point Advisory would like to congratulate Sustainability Victoria on their win in the ‘Best Energy Efficiency Program’ category of the National Energy Efficiency Conference Awards last week for their ‘Energy Efficient Office Buildings’ (EEOB) program. The program demonstrated that energy savings of up to 29% can be achieved across the mid-tier office building sector, via building tuning and cost effective energy efficiency measures.

Point Advisory is proud to have worked with Sustainability Victoria to develop the EEOB – Transforming the Mid-Tier Sector report, released at last week’s conference. The report outlines the energy efficiency-related opportunities and challenges presented by the mid-tier commercial buildings sector. It also highlights to successes of Sustainability Victoria’s EEOB program in addressing the challenges relating to the mid-tier.


Point Advisory joins ESS and VEET audit panels.

Point Advisory has been admitted to the audit panels of both the NSW Energy Savings Scheme (ESS) and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET).

This enables our team to undertake audit engagements of both liable entity compliance, and certificate creation.

With compliance deadlines looming early next year, please contact Charlie Knaggs if you’d like to discuss your audit needs under these or any other carbon and energy schemes.


Event: All Energy Australia 2016 – The Building Blocks of Energy Efficiency

Come and join us on 4th October at All Energy Australia 2016 (Melbourne) and hear all about the building blocks of energy efficiency from the Energy Efficiency Council and an expert panel of speakers (including our managing director, Neil Salisbury.

Tittle: The building blocks of energy efficiency

Host: Energy Efficiency Council

Stream: Energy efficiency in the commercial sector

Time/Date: 1.20 – 2.40pm, 4th October

Location: Room 213, All Energy Australia, Melbourne Exhibition & Conference Centre, Melbourne.

Hosted by the Energy Efficiency Council, this session will give energy managers and efficiency professionals a primer on two of the key building blocks of successful energy efficiency projects – energy auditing and measurement and verification. Some of Australia’s leading experts will provide examples of how to use these vital components to achieve real world results, delivering significant and measurable energy savings benefits.

The session will be chaired by Luke Menzel, Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Efficiency Council, an expert on energy efficiency capacity building and financing.

Building Block 1: Energy Auditing

Dr Paul Bannister, Manager Projects and Advisory Services Division, Energy Action

Building Block 2: Measurement & Verification

Neil Salisbury, Managing Director, Point Advisory, Director, Efficiency Valuation Organisation

Practical Case Examples: Real Word Results

Steve McCaffrey, Energy Specialist at Honeywell Energy Solutions and Certified Energy Efficiency Leader.

Point Advisory is a proud member and supporter of the Energy Efficiency Council