The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched a guide for businesses on carbon price claims while warning that the Commission would not shy away from pursuing suspected price gougers.

The Carbon Price Claims guide for business is intended to provide initial assistance to businesses preparing for the implementation of the Carbon Pricing Mechanism.

"The ACCC is launching this guide to assist business in understanding their rights and obligations when making claims about the impact of a carbon price,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

"Business costs increase all the time, and businesses are free to set their own prices.  However, if a business chooses to raise their prices they should not misrepresent this as a result of the carbon price when it is not the case.”

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders have announced a commitment to cut tariffs on environmental goods to no more than f per cent by the end of 2015.

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has announced the release of up to 110 gigalitres under the Living Murray program over the next few months to benefit specific, iconic sites along the system.

Sustainable Melbourne Fund has released a short animated video and a guide on applying for environmental upgrade finance aimed at informing building owners about the innovative new funding solution for unlocking energy and water savings.

The Federal Government has opened the first round of funding under the $201 million Filling the Research Gap program, officially opening $48 million in competitive grants.

The Department of Primary Industries has conducted an airborne gravity survey along the Victorian Gippsland coast as part of ongoing research into the viability of a large-scale carbon capture and storage facility in Victoria.

The City of Sydney has become Australia’s first carbon-neutral council after achieving formal certification from its greenhouse reduction programs.

The Federal Government has outlined new regulations under the Product Stewardship Act in a bid to form a national scheme for the recycling of televisions and computers.

Technology developed in Australia will be used to cut the emissions of a 25-year-old building by an estimated 80 per cent, following a $5 million energy efficiency upgrade.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has announced the finalisation of its conservation agreement that will create a roadmap for establishing a representative system of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean.

The Federal Government has successfully passed its carbon tax package through the Federal Upper House, with the legislation due to take effect in July, 2012.

Main Roads WA has achieved international recognition for its 2011 Annual Report’s public sustainability reporting and accountability processes through the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - the first Australian Public Sector agency to achieve such an accolade.

The Western Australian Minister for Environment Bill Marmion has received an independent Appeals Committee report against the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) recommendations against the Vasse Coal proposal.

The Western Australian Government has announced that work is set to commence on the new power plant that will supply renewable energy to the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder – and potentially the $2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array project.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has launched its Field measurement of fractional ground cover: A technical handbook supporting ground cover monitoring for Australia report.

The CSIRO and the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) have announced the co-development of a new research ‘Supersite’.

The Western Australian Government has launched its two year, $9.4 million biosecurity program that will specifically target the state’s aquatic environments.

The Federal Opposition has confirmed it will not oppose the formation of the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The Queensland Government has unveiled a plan to help attract and accelerate investment and development of the renewable energy industry and projects in Queensland.

The Renewable Energy Industry Development Plan (REIDP) plan outlines 23 initiatives the Government will undertake over two years to facilitate economic development of Queensland’s renewable energy industry, generate green jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate deployment of renewable energy projects.

The REIDP defines five key priorities to address market impediments and drive industry growth: 

The Queensland Government has introduced a Bill before State Parliament that will attempt to streamline the regulatory process for environmental approvals

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