What Does Being Carbon Neutral Mean?
Being Carbon Neutral means that we are taking action to reduce our emissions and we offset the emissions that we cannot avoid.
By offsetting our emissions, we remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as we put into it.
We have been certified carbon neutral through Climate Active, which is a partnership between the Government and Australian businesses to drive voluntary climate action.
Our Carbon Offsets
Carbon offset certificates represent carbon emissions that have been avoided or removed from the atmosphere. There is a rigorous process around creating and trading these certificates.
A huge range of projects around the world have been certified as meeting the criteria necessary to allow them to create these certificates – from Native Reforestation Projects in Australia to Energy Efficiency Projects in Rwanda to Renewable Energy Projects in Bolivia.
We purchased our carbon offset certificates from the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project in Borneo.
The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project has avoided the deforestation of 65,000 hectares of forest in Borneo that was to be cleared for palm oil plantations. This not only reduces carbon emissions, it also protects endangered species such as the orangutan.
We Selected this Project for Three Main Reasons
First, we love timber so protecting forests that are so important for the environment and endangered species resonates with us and our business.
Second, we have visited Borneo and seen first hand the large areas of forest that have been cleared by the palm oil industry and the devastating impact this has on orangutans in particular.
Third, as well as its environmental benefits, the project also has community and social co-benefits at its core. The project is helping increase access to clean drinking water, create more equal job opportunities, healthcare clinics, education programs and materials, creation of community centres and the provision of renewable energy.
You can find out more about the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project here.
We will renew our carbon neutral certification every year and continue to purchase carbon offsets to offset the carbon emissions that our business generates and support projects like the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project.