There is a current trend of governments and businesses around the world announcing that they will reach net-zero emissions, or carbon neutrality, by 2050.Continue reading
Across the country some of our clients are making a positive environmental difference from home based businesses, one of them is award winning Environmental Enterprises business owner Wayne Lever.
Wayne and his family supply compostable packaging and catering around the country from their eco-friendly home in Glenhaven, New South Wales.
We are proud to announce that Environmental Enterprises was recently awarded Highly Commended in the small business section of the Green Lifestyle Awards.
The Levers bought the business in 2008 and supply Governments, private enterprise, councils, schools, restaurants, caterers, festivals and the public with fully biodegradable, compostable and certified products. They sell coffee cups and lids, PLA products, sugar cane containers, CPLA cutlery, Cornstarch bin liners, bags, Natureflex bags and eco-napkins.
All greenhouse gas emissions produced since July 2011 by Environmental Enterprises’ business operations and packaging has been calculated and offset, through their membership of our NoCO2 carbon neutral certification program.
As do all our clients, Wayne and his family go the extra mile for certification. In their warehouse they keep power usage and lights to a minimum, they keep their hot water turned off (as it’s not required on a daily basis), they don’t accept junk mail and they use all the bio-degradable products from the business.
In the office, Wayne said “everyday 100% of the electricity used is provided onsite by our own solar system.”
No detail is over looked. They use a paperless invoice system, sending invoices electronically. They use energy efficient computers, which are never left on standby. All their stationary from their pens to their (staple-less) eco stapler contribute to a low carbon setup.
All that commitment adds up, leading to a truly sustainable and efficient home based business. We are excited to see such excellence being recognised and awarded at the Green Lifestyle Awards.
For more information head to: http://environmentalenterprises.com.au/
After a long period of service, the old Low Carbon Economy website has retired to spend more time with his obsolete friends, Mr Compact Disk, Mr Facsimile and Mr Blackberry.
In it’s place comes a young, fresh and extremely good-looking web directory, packed with functionality and ready to take on the world. This new directory gives every member the ability to showcase their business, their products & services and also their commitment to negating their environmental impact.
We hope you like the new look website and should you have any questions, please call us on 02 8228 7300.
There are many different reasons why an organisation chooses to become Carbon Neutral. Jasper Coffee known to the coffee drinkers far and wide and a roaster in Collingwood, Melbourne, talks here about the steps, thoughts and processes before and after becoming Carbon Neutral with Carbon Reduction Institute’s NoCO2 Program in 2009.
In 2009, Jasper Coffee questioned their ability to become Carbon Neutral in any degree. They employed a Research Student for four months to investigate and report progressively on prospect, viability and efficacy of the company becoming Carbon Neutral. Later that year Jasper Coffee made the decision to have the whole operation and asset of the company become 100% Carbon Neutral so that no one could be critical of their endeavour.
It was no question to Director Wells Trenfield that unavoidable carbon emission had to be offset by a carbon credit project with Gold Standard auditing and with a maximum benefit to the origin of the carbon credits in a socially responsible way and which was affordable by the company.
Wells and his team decided on the Karnataka Project (Biomass project in India) as the beneficiary of their purchase of initial carbon credits. Jasper Coffee have recently chosen to move their purchase of carbon offsets to Peru Improved Cookstoves, an energy efficiency project implemented across nine Peruvian states.
Over time Jasper Coffee has used their Carbon Neutral journey to minimise their carbon footprint and they have over time been altering roast operations; using less water; and changed the cooling method to lessen the need for the electric motor. They have reduced their carbon footprint and carbon accounts by a range of abatement programs.
More actions have included:
- Changing factory and office lighting
- Choosing waste collection company Veolia who is able to separate different materials to reduce resources to landfill and recycle organic waste
- Finding users for coffee sacks to stop them from going to landfill
- Introducing the low energy new coffee roaster, the Loring Smart Roaster. This by itself reduced gas consumption by 34% and electricity needs by 12.5%
Transitioning the old fleet of 4cyl petrol vehicles to Hybrid Prius vehicles and completed that progress in 2016 with a new Hybrid Toyota Corolla.
- In the office, the printer/scanner was replaced with a low carbon Ryco model, while converting to carbon neutral paper throughout the business
- A new compostable packaging for Instant Coffee has been introduced. A packaging, which includes World’s first compostable zip lock
- All bulk coffee packaging has been converted to compostable material
- All skylights were cleaned from built up grime. This significantly reduce the need for internal factory lighting
- High Bay factory lighting have been changed from 400watt to 200 and 150 watt globes and about to further change these to 80watt LED.
CEO Wells Trenfield: “While the company strive to make a difference over the journey, we still believe we are far from our goal, which is to reduce our footprint further. It is pleasing to know that since we started in 2009, Jasper Coffee has reduced our carbon footprint by Dollar Spend of more than 60%. The journey is not yet finished”.
SACS was recently contacted by our carbon neutral certification agency, The Carbon Reduction Institute, to notify us that we have been carbon neutral for 10 years. This apparently makes us the second company in the history of Australia to be carbon neutral for this length of time and the first ever in the State of Victoria.
We became carbon neutral after discussions with our staff about the issue of climate change and my personal belief that global warming is one of the most significant challenges facing the human race.
Our concern about the issue has not diminished and neither has our commitment to carbon neutrality. I think this is a trend that will be adopted by many more companies as the signs of global warming become more obvious day-to-day. Our best wishes go out to all other organisations and individuals seeking to make a difference to their footprint on the planet.
Statistics which show the equivalent of our contribution since 2007:
The Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) is once again proud to be partnering with Clean Up Australia (CUA) for the next Business Clean Up Day on February 27.
The nationwide initiative is part of a four-pronged environmental program at the end of summer, which also includes a youth and schools’ clean-up on March 2 and the marquee Clean Up Australia Day event on March 4.
CRI has a long-standing relationship with CUA, and as Major Partner of the Business Clean Up Day, can offer any CRI-certified business the opportunity to register a Business Clean Up site for just $100 (including GST), which is a 33% discount to the regular price.
“We have found the team at CRI to be highly knowledgeable lateral thinkers who consistently provide new ideas and ways of tackling issues,” says CUA founder Ian Kiernan (AO).
“The team at CRI continues to be the calibre of business partner that I am comfortable to refer to you.”
Organisers say Business Clean Up sites can vary greatly; some businesses use the day to clean up at a local area, park, beach or creek, whereas others use it as spruce-up their own office space and kick start environmental programs.
Whichever way participants decide to go, being involved is a fantastic way to be seen as a community leader and engage with your staff, customers and local community, says CUA. Previous Business Clean Up Days have proven to be excellent team building events and great for staff morale.
CRI client Baiada, a privately-owned supplier of premium quality poultry products throughout Australia, can attest to that – Baiada will be back for its 14th consecutive clean up this February.
In 2017, its first year as a CUA corporate sponsor, 255 Baiada volunteers from 43 registered sites around Australia collected 303 bags of rubbish weighing a staggering 3.2 tonne.
Efforts like that helped make a phenomenal difference to Australia’s annual CO2 emissions, reports CRI’s sustainability engineers.
In a study of the total rubbish collected in 2017, CRI calculated that if the 35,000 main pollutants – PET drink and milk containers, alcohol bottles, and soft drink holders – had been recycled, approximately 1100kg of emissions would have been prevented.
“The key is stopping litter becoming rubbish. If everyone took responsibility for the small stuff, it wouldn’t steamroll into the environmental disaster we are facing in the state of our oceans and waterways,” said Mr Kiernan.
“Signing up for 2018 Clean Up Australia Day is the ideal way for every Australian to take a positive position – lots of small actions like picking up local rubbish can help reduce the 8 million tonnes of plastic entering oceans worldwide each year.
“We can all play a part by simply caring for our local environment.”
Over the last 27 years volunteers have donated more than 32 million hours at over 171,000 locations across Australia. Together they have removed the equivalent of 344,000 ute loads of rubbish.
CUA had 6500 registered sites in 2017. This year, CRI is hoping to help organisers reach their target of 8000, with its own clean-up site at Taylors Bay, near Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, in operation from 1-4pm on February 27. Locals are welcome to come along and help out.
“This is a fantastic initiative for all Australian businesses to be involved in, whether on the day itself, or at a time that’s more convenient,” adds CRI Operations Director Marvin Van Stralendorff.
For more information on how your business can be involved, visit the official CUA website here.