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Good for Business
There is a groundswell developing globally of leading
brands leveraging their resources to address social and
In regards to climate change action, leading
organisations are not waiting on federal governments to
act. They’re getting on with the job in reducing
emissions. And they’re finding environmental
responsibility is good for business through improved
stakeholder engagement with their employees,
customers, suppliers, and investors.
Local governments supported by Carbon Neutral
In Australia it has been local governments that have
been leading the way in addressing climate change
mitigation and adaption, environmental degradation
and loss of biodiversity.
Carbon Neutral has been working with local
governments, corporate bodies and small businesses
for 15 years, helping them measure, reduce and offset
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Emissions reduction may involve site assessments to
identify opportunities to reduce energy, operational
costs and GHG emissions for high energy consuming
sites. Solutions such as heating, ventilating and air
conditioning (HVAC) controls, lighting retrofits, solar PV
and ongoing performance management typically deliver
30-40% reductions in energy use and cost with payback
periods of 2 to 5 years.
Carbon Neutral works with local governments across
Australia. An energy audit was recently conducted at a City
of Joondalup library. The City said the audit identified
energy savings of between 35% to 51%. The City has also
been offsetting its fleet through tree planting since 2007.
Mark Batty, Executive Manager, Environment and
Waste at Western Australian Local Government
Association, says Carbon Neutral has been a long-term
service provider to the Association for many years with
energy efficiency assessments and carbon footprint
work. Mr Batty said WALGA has been offsetting part of
its GHG emissions through Carbon Neutral’s
reforestation program since 2006.
Many organisations choose to offset part or all of their
unavoidable emissions. Offsets (or carbon credits) are
purchased to neutralise emissions remaining after
reduction efforts, so that net emissions will be zero. This
is known as carbon neutrality.
Carbon management strategies involve choices on
offset project type (such as wind farm or reforestation),
certification standard, region and vintage.
Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor
Many offset buyers favour Australian projects with
demonstrated co-benefits, particularly biodiversity
protection or enhancement. Reforestation has the
added benefit of carbon reversal through sequestration.
The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor in Western
Australia, established by Carbon Neutral, is a perfect
example of such a project. The Corridor is in the Mid
West of Western Australia. It is a long term vision of
reforestation to reconnect remnant vegetation in one of
only 34 Global Biodiversity Hotspots and the only one in
Australia. It is also the only Australian project to receive
the premium international Gold Standard certification,
with over 1.257 million carbon credits to be sequestered
over the life of the project.
(Biodiverse Reforestation Project video click here)
Through the Gold Standard, sustainable development
benefits beyond carbon, are also measured and
monitored. This includes sustainably managed forests,
combating desertification, halting and reversing land
degradation, halting biodiversity loss; combating
climate change; and promoting sustainable economic
growth and employment (including indigenous peoples)
in rural communities.
Reducing carbon emissions through energy efficiency
and working towards carbon neutrality is now an
important part of any sustainability strategy.
Carbon Neutral can assist your organisation with
carbon management by working with you to measure,
reduce and offset GHG emissions.
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Written by Ray Wilson, CEO, Carbon Neutral
Carbon Neutral can help you minimise
your organisation carbon footprint
by working with you to manage your
greenhouse gas emissions.
Together we can cut emissions, reduce
energy costs, strengthen stakeholder
relations and build brand value.
www.carbonneutral.com.au | 1300 851 211
Conduct site audit
and develop a plan
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In operation since 2001, Carbon Neutral is a carbon
solutions provider and Australia’s largest biodiverse carbon
sink developer. For further information contact Ray Wilson,
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