We are particularly focused on championing solutions to key challenges - many of which are provided by our member companies. The environment industry is rather like IT, it helps all sectors of the economy build bridges and develop a new competitive edge.
Water, energy, sustainable cities, trade and environment, environmental markets, productive soils, sound forestry practices, clean fuels, and above all the need to tackle climate change, are acknowledged as some of the major economic and security issues that Australia, and the rest of the world, need to address.
Innovation is key, but broad commercialisation and deployment of smart and efficient solutions is critical. SBA's work in this area - our highly successful forums and conferences, our far-reaching and cutting edge policy development advice - have shown that good ideas and perseverance pay off.
Australian business needs a strong voice for sustainability.
EBA is that voice.
The challenge of climate change is not only a threat to the survival of our planet as we know it, but presents great business opportunities as we move towards a carbon constrained world. Government policy will not move unless business is engaged in the process and EBA has the skills and track record to lead.
Robert Purves, Chairman
Environment Business Australia
Investment in sustainability will create one of the biggest opportunities for wealth generation and wealth preservation the world has ever seen. EBA's goal is to make sure that Australia becomes one of the international sustainability superpowers.
Fiona Wain, CEO
Environment Business Australia
One of Arup's core values is to shape a better - and more sustainable - world for the next generation and beyond. Our membership of EBA allows us to share our ideas and visions with like-minded organisations and keep up with the latest trends in sustainable practice.
Robert Care, Chairman and CEO
With rapid globalisation and population growth, increasing demand for resources and the growing threat of global environmental problems, the absolute necessity to protect the global environment has never been more critical - EBA works with leading businesses to achieve sustainability while at the same time promoting economic growth and new environmental technologies and solutions.
Martijn Wilder, Partner
Baker & McKenzie
EBA has been a major force in delivering the message to Government and industry that we must change the way we do things. I can see this hard work gradually having an impact where it counts. I strongly support what EBA is and the way it acts to be a powerful change agent. It is a tough job and needs the perseverance and commitment that EBA has demonstrated.
Roger Olds, Managing Director
As Australians face critical challenges from global warming, water shortages, salinity, and oil self-sufficiency, EBA fulfils a critical role of bringing together business organisations that care to make a difference to work together to achieve truly sustainable development.
Jon Jutsen, Executive Director
Tony Cooper, Managing Director
Energetics Pty Ltd
EBA is one of the few organisations with a truly 'rational' economic perspective - both sides of the national balance sheet count, the environmental services and assets as well as short-term GDP. EBA helps shape policy decisions as well as the marketplace for those companies who are building their next competitive edge by developing and commercialising solutions to environmental challenges.
Dr John White, Chairman
National Australia Bank works with its clients to identify the risks and opportunities presented by a carbon constrained world. As we move closer to a carbon pricing signal in Australia, our association with EBA provides a valuable avenue through which to engage in ongoing dialogue with key stakeholders on this important issue.
Rachel O'Neil, Associate Director, Energy and Infrastructure
EBA is an important change agent and promoter of Australia as a country that can help the region to overcome environmental challenges. Through its business leadership and policy development EBA champions economic growth and value-adding from ecological balance as mutually compatible goals.
Andrew Petersen, Partner
At Sinclair Knight Merz, we see continued growth in the awareness of complex issues and their impacts on society and the environment. These broad sustainability issues include water shortages, climate change, efficient energy production and population shifts. We are pleased to be involved with EBA, an organisation that provides a forum for moving issues forward to action, encouraging debate, networking, connecting research to industry applications, and influencing policy.
Geoff Linke, General Manager Water and Environment
No individual or a business operates as an island. We each have an impact upon the environment and society in which we operate. EBA provides URS with an effective network with the thought leaders in this field, in addition to providing a significant voice promoting the importance of sustainable development.
Merv Jones, Former Managing Director Asia Pacific
EBA has been excellent in helping to foster the long-term partnerships required between the environmental solution providers and the decision makers. These long-term partnerships, supported by EBA, help companies such as Veolia Environmental Services to protect the living environment.
Doug Dean, Managing Director
Veolia Environmental Services
Here's a snapshot of some of our achievements
- Government recognition of the need to combat climate change with strong policies that will build new markets, new industries, new jobs
- Emissions trading advances in Australia and the highly successful conference Carbon Market Expo - a platform for the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector and the finance sector to showcase their far-reaching solutions
- Negative environmental externalities being included in mainstream economic debate and assessment
- Leading business delegations to - the UNFCCC annual 'CoP' negotiations; the World Business Summit on Climate Change and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (EBA's CEO chaired the business leaders' Sustainable Production and Consumption Working Group at this Summit resulting in the UN adopting sustainable production and consumption as the UN's 50 year goal)
- CoAG adopting the call for mandatory and public reporting of greenhouse gas emissions
- Improved investors analysis of potential risk and liability from polluting and wasteful systems
- Better analysis of competitive neutrality, bringing greater opportunities for new, clean technologies to enter the Australian and export markets
- Urban water and environmental flows becoming a national policy priority
- The early steps towards environmental markets and a carbon price signal in Australia
- Recognition that environmental degradation is an economic, public health, security and economic issue
- Recognition that the price of success must be measured against the cost of failure