The problem with the transport sector
In the year to March 2019, transport accounted for 18.8 per cent of Australia’s national carbon account inventory. Emissions from transport over the year to March 2019 increased by 1.3 per cent when compared with the previous year; at a time when emissions need to be reducing to achieve IPCC global temperature increase targets. Transdirect is aware of the environmental impact of the freight and logistics industry and have been concerned about their contribution to the problem for several years.
Transdirect Directors take personal responsibility
Transdirect directors, Trent Alexander and Nigel Beale decided to take personal responsibility for the environmental impact of Transdirect on behalf of Transdirect and its’ customers. Trent advised, “becoming Carbon Neutral certified is a huge step in the right direction for ensuring the protection of our environment.”
The choice to go carbon neutral was a natural step for Transdirect. Trent explained;
“As parents, Nigel and I feel personally responsible for creating change in an industry that has a huge impact on the environment. Making our delivery service 100% carbon neutral is one significant step towards creating leading work practices and an environmentally positive business model. We want all children for generations to live in and enjoy a healthy environment.”
An option for climate conscious consumers and businesses
Transdirect wanted to provide a service that would allow a proactive choice by consumers and businesses to support a carbon neutral service and the transition to a low carbon economy. Trent explained it this way:
“People are keenly aware of what’s happening in the environment right now. Often, they don’t know what to do or how to help. So, we are stepping in to provide a pro-active choice in a critical service industry, to say, work with a business who actively cares about the environment”.
Transdirect puts its’ money where its’ mouth is
Trent explained that offering a carbon neutral delivery service has a financial cost but that it is worth it to protect our environment and the future of our children. He said in relation to the carbon neutral delivery service;
“It’s a cost we are funding, but it’s worth it to ensure the future of this earth. Every action counts; and this is a monumental decision for our business. Every service our customers book will now be fully audited and carbon offset. We are ensuring that the carbon generated by our partners and suppliers is offset too; so every time you book with us you are supporting a carbon neutral shipping service.”
Transdirect Environmental Action
From September 1st, 2019 all Transdirect delivery services are certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Reduction Institute under the NoCO2 Program. Transdirect undertook the following process:
1. Commissioned an emissions assessment of their courier services from CRI to quantify the carbon footprint of their courier services. CRI’s assessment relied upon delivery-specific data from Transdirect, as well as published sources of relevant data and emissions factors.
2. Committed to offset the emissions associated with their carbon neutral courier services through the purchase of units in approved renewable energy projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and
3. Committed to ongoing auditing of their courier service emissions by reporting carbon neutral courier services to CRI on a quarterly basis.
Transdirect carbon offsets its’ emissions through the China Wind Project which provides a renewable, clean energy source for power generation. Wind projects partially displace electricity currently generated from grid-connected conventional fossil fuel-based thermal power plants, thereby reducing overall emissions. Furthermore, by reducing harmful pollutants in the atmosphere, the China Wind Project also provides public health and local environmental benefits.
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