Ramahyuck Solar Farm


Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation (RDAC) are a leading provider of primary healthcare, and social and family support services for Aboriginal people in the Gippsland region of Victoria. The services provided by RDAC are currently almost entirely reliant on government funding. In order to generate an independent income stream, RDAC investigated the opportunity to generate renewable […]

Materiality series – Part 2


For part 2 of our ‘Materiality in sustainability’ series, we are sharing a client example where we supported the materiality assessment for the Australian dairy industry. The Australian dairy industry has a long-standing legacy of social responsibility, including caring for cows, producing healthy, nutritious products and managing land responsibly. This is reflected in the Australian […]

Reporting Materiality Assessment


Investors demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by becoming signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment and joining collaborative sector-based initiatives such as the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, Investor Group on Climate Change and the Climate Action 100+. Another way they show leadership is by practicing what they preach! One of our clients, U Ethical, is […]

PRI Transparency Report Assurance


The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is the largest global reporting project on responsible investment. It was developed with investors, for investors. Signatories are required to report on their responsible investment activities annually. This ensures accountability of the PRI and its signatories and a standardised transparency tool for signatories that facilitates ongoing learning. Reporting […]

Sustainability (GRI) Report Assurance


Companies that produce Annual Sustainability Reports in line with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Standards, demonstrate a commitment to transparency and engagement with their key stakeholders.  Those that seek to lead and continuously improve their sustainability management practices obtain external assurance over their reporting.  Sustainability Report Assurance performed by an external and qualified party adds […]

Responsible Investment Product Certification


The RIAA’s Responsible Investment Certification Program is aimed at helping investors of all kinds navigate towards investment options and financial advice that better match their investment beliefs and personal values. RIAA’s Certification Symbol provides consumers and investors with an easily recognisable, mark of quality, indicating that a responsible investment product has been independently verified as […]

Baselining and target setting


Point Advisory has been working with Melbourne Airport across a range of sustainability and environmental engagements since 2017. Through our initial engagements, assisting with National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting, National Pollutant Inventory reporting, Annual Environmental Reporting and EMS recertification, our team developed an extensive understanding of airport operations, environmental impacts and internal governance mechanisms. This […]

ENGIE NGER assurance


Since 2015, Point Advisory has been working with ENGIE, one of the world’s largest energy companies, to provide assurance over the data they submit to the Clean Energy Regulator each year to comply with the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) scheme. ENGIE previously operated the highest-emitting facility in Australia – the Hazelwood brown coal […]

Greenhouse gas and energy data assurance


Point Advisory has provided assurance over Veolia’s greenhouse and energy data since 2017. This includes auditing: the company’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) submission to the Clean Energy regulator various claims for carbon credits under the Landfill Gas Methodology of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Veolia is one of Australia’s largest integrated water and waste […]

Local government energy saver program


2020, Local Government Energy Saver Program Final Evaluation, Sustainability Victoria (Point Advisory in collaboration with FPC) The Local Government Energy Saver program (LGES) was funded by the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund and delivered by Sustainability Victoria (SV) between 2017 and 2020. The program assisted resource-constrained local governments in regional and rural Victoria to understand their […]

Ethical sourcing program and management systems


In response to a range of human rights and compliance issues arising within its supply chain and the associated reputation risks, the Coles Group Enterprise Compliance team engaged Point Advisory to assist in the development and establishment of its Ethical Sourcing program. Point Advisory helped create the program focused on identifying, preventing and mitigating any […]

Supply chain modern slavery risk asessment


In early 2019, Origin Energy had developed and rolled out their Supplier Code and a Supplier Assessment Questionnaire to their top 500 suppliers. However, Origin required support in their assessment of the risks of modern slavery practices across the range of suppliers and product categories. Point Advisory was engaged to develop Origin’s Modern Slavery Supplier […]

U Ethical GRI reporting and materiality assessment


MATERIALITY IN SUSTAINABILITY – PART 1 In this and in upcoming newsletters, we’ll be talking about the importance of ‘Materiality’ in sustainability. Most internationally recognised sustainability frameworks, from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard for sustainability reporting through to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) recognise the importance of the concept of ‘Materiality’. It is […]

Circular economy opportunities


CIRCULAR ECONOMY OPPORTUNITIES ANALYSIS FOR THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT Victoria’s waste management and resource recovery systems are under significant strain. There is a clear and urgent need for Victoria to begin its transition towards a circular economy, and to do this we need to nurture the market for recycled materials. The Victorian government, through its procurement […]

Climate risk workshop


CLIMATE RISK WORKSHOP WITH THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM OF TREASURY WINE ESTATES Treasury Wine Estates (‘TWE’) is currently delivering on a roadmap to align and respond to the TCFD recommendations. To fulfil one of the actions included in the roadmap, TWE engaged Point Advisory to design and facilitate a climate risk workshop with TWE’s Executive […]

Review of the ACT Next Gen energy storage program


THE ACT GOVERNMENT’S NEXT GENERATION ENERGY STORAGE PROGRAM – Point Advisory’s mid-term review The ACT Government’s Next Generation Energy Storage Program represents one of the largest rollouts of household battery systems in the world. The program offers funding to support the installation of energy storage options to homes and businesses across the territory. Each system […]

Bank Australia reaches 100% renewable energy


BANK AUSTRALIA REACHES 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY In May 2019, Bank Australia became the first bank in the country to switch to 100% renewable electricity, one year ahead of their 2020 target. Point Advisory is pleased to have contributed to this commendable achievement, providing advisory services regarding RE100 reporting requirements for the Bank’s transition towards 100% […]

Alternative energy procurement guide


Alternative energy procurement approaches for councils Point Advisory recently developed a guide for councils to help them identify and implement alternative energy procurement approaches that are best suited to their unique circumstances. This project was delivered for the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), with support from the Collaborative Councils Sustainability Fund. Local governments, like most […]

DHHS emissions reduction plan


The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Emissions Reduction Plan The Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 sets a state-wide emissions reduction target of net zero emissions by 2050, and a timeline of interim targets set at five year intervals. The Act requires government departments to contribute emissions reductions by setting pledges for each five-year […]

Melbourne Airport carbon accreditation


MELBOURNE AIRPORT ACHIEVES AIRPORT CARBON ACCREDITATION LEVEL 2 Point Advisory recently worked with Melbourne Airport to help them achieve Level 2 accreditation under the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) scheme, the global standard for carbon management in the airport industry, in January 2019. This achievement followed a successful Level 1 accreditation in early 2018, which Point Advisory also assisted with.  Melbourne Airport chose […]

Sustainability Victoria carbon accounting course


SUSTAINABILITY VICTORIA’S ‘ORGANISATIONAL CARBON ACCOUNTING FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS’ TRAINING COURSE Sustainability Victoria (SV) identified a gap in the capacity of local government staff in carbon accounting and management. This was perceived as a barrier in realising potentially significant emissions and cost savings for these organisations. To address this gap, Point Advisory was engaged to design […]

Climate vulnerability assessment


CLIMATE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT FOR WESTERNPORT WATER Since 2012, the regulatory context around climate adaptation planning has evolved to recognise the need for consistency and collaboration across different regions. Under the Climate Change Act 2017, the water sector has been chosen to pilot climate change adaptation plans. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) […]

ACT Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme


POINT ADVISORY REVIEWED THE ACT GOVERNMENT’S ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT SCHEME Point Advisory (in collaboration with the Sustainable Business Group) conducted a Review of the ACT Government’s  Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, to identify the energy, emissions and bill savings delivered to households and businesses in the territory. This scheme requires energy companies to help ACT homes […]