Alexis Demetrious gives an account about her time so far at Point Advisory

“I am really happy that I get to work with a talented and innovative group of people, who have a passion for sustainability and making the world a better place. My favourite thing about my work is that it is based on science. I recently finished writing my master thesis researching environmental impacts from waste using life cycle assessment. The process of learning something in so much detail and for so long means that you become a bit of a fanatic! So, I’m really enjoying applying life cycle assessment and life cycle thinking to my work. I’m lucky to be exposed to new areas through the team’s wide breath of skills that covers environmental economics, renewable energy systems, and building computation tools for clients! Through climate change and energy projects, I’ve learnt so much on environmental policy and its market applications. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of 2018 brings for sustainability in Australia!”.

Alexis joined Point Advisory as a Senior Consultant in July 2017. Previously she worked as an engineer at Australian Paper, a consultant at Edge Environment, and has recently written a master thesis about waste management at RMIT University. Alexis can be contacted here.

Upcoming Melbourne event: Journey to a net zero world…

Upcoming event: Journey to a net zero world…

Can you imagine a net zero emissions world? What does it look like? And how do we get there by 2050?

To achieve the Paris Climate Agreement commitments and have a chance of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C, we basically need to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions globally by 2050. So it’s not surprising that we’re seeing a huge increase in interest in the net zero concept – from defining emissions reduction pathways through to setting science-based targets and organisational carbon neutral commitments.

But what does net zero really mean? What are our state and local governments doing to reduce their fair share of emissions? How is the Australian private sector taking on the challenge to stay ahead of the game and remain competitive? And what steps can individual organisations take to start the journey to net zero?

Come and join us for a drink, a snack and a lively discussion about these questions. Expect interesting insights from both the public and private sector and some good examples on how the net zero concept can be translated into action.

Who will be there? The following panellists will share with you their insights on their work towards net zero emissions:

What will we talk about? We will create a forum for both government and private sector attendees to discuss the transition to a net zero economy. Our panellists will discuss:

  • Victoria’s legislated net zero target and the Climate Change Act 2017
  • how they are taking on the challenge and putting measures in place to contribute their fair share to reach net zero
  • the main barriers and challenges faced
  • key lessons learnt as they act on their commitments.

We’re expecting an interactive discussion, and will allow plenty of time for networking and continuing the conversation over a glass of wine.

Event details: The event will be held at Point Advisory’s offices in Melbourne’s CBD from 5pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 19 April. Drinks and nibbles provided.

Please click here to visit our Eventbrite site to RSVP.

Point Advisory launches Point Bundle, including a new battery storage finance product


low carbon finance & project advisory services

Point Advisory is proud to announce that we have launched a new brand, Point Bundle (or Bundle for short) into the marketplace.

Bundle specialises in low carbon finance, offsets and project advisory services, both here in Australia and across South East Asia.

Bundle’s core services will include:

  • Low Carbon Finance such as Managed Service Agreements (MSAs), Upgrade Agreements, Rental Agreements and Offtake Agreements (PPAs)
  • Carbon Offseting for programs such as NCOS (National Carbon Offset Standard) including project selection, brokerage services and retirement.
  • Advisory Services including commercial Project Origination, Project Evaluation and commercialisation.

For more information on Bundle please visit the new website.

New finance offering / battery storage systems

As part of the launch, Bundle is also offering a new battery storage finance product that can be bundled with solar PV systems. Project finance is available from $500k and up $25m with finance terms typically ranging from 5-7 years depending on your specific circumstances. For more information on this or to find out how it works please contact us .

Point Advisory welcomes Marisa Sánchez Urrea

We are pleased to announce that Marisa Sánchez Urrea has joined Point Advisory as a Manager in our Sustainability Services team. 

Marisa is an Environmental Scientist with over five years’ experience in the sustainability domain, both in Australia and Spain. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Marisa worked in the Sustainability Services teams at Deloitte Australia and Deloitte Spain. In her role in Deloitte Australia, she worked on a wide range of climate change mitigation projects across the energy, oil & gas, and resources sectors. She brings deep expertise in carbon management and accounting, having provided advisory and assurance services to assist clients in meeting their data management and reporting obligations under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), the Safeguard Mechanism, and the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). She also delivered numerous sustainability reporting engagements in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Before joining Deloitte, Marisa was a lecturer in water footprinting in the MSc in Environmental Engineering and Management course at Escuela de Organizacion Industrial (Madrid, Spain) and a GIS technician in the Disaster Risk Reduction area of the NGO Action Against Hunger.

We welcome Marisa to the Point Advisory team.

Marisa can be contacted here.

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.

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.

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.

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

Climate Risk Snip

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.