The Environment

GAP continues to successfully progress its environmental agenda through the "Second Track" Process.

Our initiatives in the area of ecological sustainability over the period 2003-2013 have ranged from the resilience of Australia's urban infrastructure towards increased climate variability to water and energy resource management, and the role of ICT in environmental security to commercial opportunities in Australia's emerging carbon market.

GAP has also supported public discussion of topics such as Sustainability Insights, Environmental Capitalism and the Carbon Economy through its online think-tank, Open Forum.

GAP Taskforce on the North, Agriculture and the Environment (2015) 

In 2014, GAP assembled a multidisciplinary group of experts and stakeholders to discuss the economic opportunities and environmental implications of agricultural and associated development in northern Australia. The GAP Taskforce on the North, Agriculture and the Environment examined a wide range of issues to identify investment risks and development opportunities in the region. It assessed northern Australia in its national and international context and produced a draft ‘investment scorecard’ which could be developed to guide prospective investors to suitable areas for activity. The Taskforce’s final report was released on 19 April 2016. The Taskforce was supported by the Department of the Environment, the Department of Agriculture, National Australia Bank, Insurance Australia Group and Deloitte. GAP will work on the implementation of the Taskforce’s recommendations through the National Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.

GAP Taskforce on Energy Pricing (2012)

The GAP Taskforce on Energy Pricing, one of the outcomes of the 2011 National Economic Review Summit, includes individuals from the NSW Legislative Chamber, federal and state government, the energy generation and supply sector, banking, academia and consumer groups. Working throughout 2012, it has backed a number of important initiatives, including the creation of a National Energy Consumers Council, to ensure the interests and concerns of small business and households are represented at the highest levels of energy decision making. GAP will be working with interested parties in 2013 to make further progress on these vital issues.

“Market mechanisms for recovering water in the Murray-Darling Basin” Online Consultation (2010)

GAP’s experience in digital community engagement was crucial in an online consultation regarding the Draft Report “Market mechanisms for recovering water in the Murray-Darling Basin” hosted and facilitated by GAP on behalf of the Productivity Commission.

Low-Carbon Economy Task Force (2009)

This group of scientists, public policy experts and concerned businessmen, chaired by Dr John Hewson AM, released a report “Low-Carbon Economy: Business Opportunities for Australia” in November 2009. The document outlined the possible impact of climate change and related policy development on the Australian business community with a focus on improving economic efficiency and leveraging practical outcomes. The report was offered for subsequent consideration to the NSW Department of Industry & Regional Development.

GAP Urban Water Pricing Forum (2008)

In 2008, in association with the Allen Consulting Group, GAP ran a series of roundtable meetings for key officials and regulators from the Commonwealth, NSW and Victorian governments and representatives from the water industry to address challenges facing the urban water sector. The Forum's final report "Urban Water: A vision for national road map for national progress", launched in August 2009 at Parliament House in Canberra, was offered for consideration by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) and informed the Government’s 10 year $12.9 billion Water for the Future plan to secure Australia’s urban water supply.

GAP Forum on Commercialising Nanotechnology in Water (2006)

This forum examined the business potential and future applications of nanotechnology in water management. GAP Forum on Ecological Sustainability (2004) The forum aimed to foster business engagement in sustainable built environment. Discussions led by Bjorn Stigson, President of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, focused on energy, water, resources and climate change adaptation.

GAP Forum on Ecological Sustainability (2004)

The forum aimed to foster business engagement in sustainable built environment. Discussions led by Bjorn Stigson, President of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, focused on energy, water, resources and climate change adaptation.

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Current projects

:: GAP Taskforce on Leadership in Education

:: GAP Taskforce on Productive Ageing

:: GAP Taskforce on the North, Agriculture and the Environment

:: National Economic Review - the Future of jobs: Global Access Partners 6th Annual Growth Summit - 17-18 September 2015, NSW Parliament House, Sydney

:: Vision for Australia