CERTIFIED CARBON NEUTRAL WITH 100% AUSTRALIAN CARBON CREDIT UNITS – SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN OFFSET PROJECTS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
Climate Friendly is a carbon farming project developer. Our vision is for a productive, sustainable land sector that contributes to a zero net emission Australia by 2050. Our purpose is to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million tonnes by 2020, scaling up to 100 million tonnes by 2025. We do this by supporting rural, regional and remote Australians including farmers, foresters and traditional custodians to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and regenerate the landscape through carbon farming.
“We are motivated by freedom and flexibility for carbon farmers, sustainability for the land, and a bright future for the next generation.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since October 2020.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
As a ‘profit for purpose’ company, Climate Friendly measures success by more than just a bottom line. We are motivated by freedom and flexibility for carbon farmers, sustainability for the land, and a bright future for the next generation.
Taking measurable and effective climate action like going carbon neutral is a natural extension of our purpose.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Climate Friendly has historically maintained carbon neutrality of its business operations.
Obtaining certification under the Climate Active standard is another of the ways we demonstrate that Climate Friendly is measurably and credibly committed to addressing climate change. We believe that organisations should be visibly accountable for their actions, and that auditable certification schemes support this principle.
Together with our status as a Founding Signatory of the Australian Carbon Industry’s Code of Conduct and the actions implementing our Reconciliation Action Plan, Climate Active carbon neutral certification allows our carbon farming partners and the broader community to see that our behaviours support our values and purpose.
What offset projects do you support?
A regeneration project in Queensland, Australia.
Why did you choose this project?
Our offsets were sourced from the Kullilli Bulloo River Aboriginal Corporation who are the Traditional Custodian partners on the project.
We have agreements with the Kullilli People on several Emission Reduction Fund human-induced regeneration projects that we have developed, including this project.
By choosing the Kullilli People as the offset source Climate Friendly is able to further support a community with whom we have an existing direct relationship.
Partnering on carbon farming projects within their native title area, the Kullilli People are improving relationships with pastoral leaseholders, gaining economic benefits and supporting land regeneration.
How can the community support you?
Organisations can invest in credible carbon farming projects in Australia like those developed in partnership with Climate Friendly.
Projects can provide 'co-benefits' in addition to the core benefit of carbon reduction. For example about one third of carbon farming projects which Climate Friendly supports include Traditional Owner groups as partners.
As well as an income source, the projects can provide improved access to lands, a framework for closer management of cultural sites, as well as opportunities to support employment or Aboriginal-led business ventures of the Traditional Custodian partners.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
Our entire purpose as a business is to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 100Mt by 2025, and making a material contribution to a zero net emission Australia by 2050.
But we don’t stop there, as this certification demonstrates. All our business decisions take emissions into account, avoiding or minimising emissions wherever we can across our operational footprint.
What has been the impact of your action?
Climate Friendly is on track to meet our emissions reduction target, delivering 20 Mt of carbon abatement by the end of 2020.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Every business can make a material contribution to tackling climate change and support a resilient Australian economy for the future.
When achieving certification, consider not just the carbon impacts from the offsets you purchase, but also review the other environmental, economic, cultural and social benefits that are being delivered.