CO2 Australia

CO2 Australia is an award-winning environmental services company that has been operating since 2004. We are Australia's most established developers of carbon and biodiversity offset projects and have delivered one of Australia’s largest environmental revegetation programs covering 30,000 ha across four states. We also have established and currently manage the largest carbon sequestration forest estate in Australia and have hands-on management responsibility for a series of major emissions reduction projects expected to generate more than 10 million tonnes of carbon abatement into the Australian market. Our international project interests generate an additional five million tonnes. We currently act as an ERF agent on behalf of a range of large industrials, transport companies, government agencies, corporates and private landholders. CO2 Australia is a Foundation Signatory to the Australian Carbon Industry Code of Conduct and Australia’s first carbon and biodiversity offsets project developer to be certified carbon neutral by Climate Active.

“Climate Active certification gives businesses a credible, measurable and respected stamp against their carbon neutral credentials.”

Type of certification

Organisation

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

We were certified in 2019.

Why are you carbon neutral?

CO2 Australia seeks to achieve excellence in environmental sustainability within our own operations. The decision to become carbon neutral continues CO2 Australia’s proud history of environmental leadership. Going carbon neutral is a way for CO2 Australia to take responsibility for our emissions and demonstrate our commitment to climate action. CO2 Australia reviewed various schemes and chose Climate Active certification because it is the most rigorous and credible carbon neutral certification available. Integrity is important to the way we do business and our certification as a carbon neutral business is another example of how we strive to demonstrate leadership in the Australian carbon market sector. Carbon neutral certification demonstrates that CO2 Australia is taking leadership and ‘walking the talk’ to reduce emissions and transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Participating in this process has made everyone in the team even more acutely aware of the impacts our business operations are having on the environment, and our people are already very environmentally conscious.  We have taken the opportunity to review where we get our materials and how as a business we can reduce our environmental footprint whilst rationalising our cost base.  As a Climate Active carbon neutral organisation, CO2 Australia is part of a community that is committed to positive climate action, for a better today and tomorrow.

What offset projects do you support?

Carbon Estate - Creating a Better Climate - Stage 2, Myroolia Human-Induced Regeneration Project, and the West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement Project.

Why did you choose these projects?

We chose to offset our emissions from these projects because they deliver a wide range of social, cultural, environmental and economic co-benefits, as well as reducing emissions in Australia. Carbon Estate was one of the first projects of its kind and CO2 Australia worked with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council to revegetate hundreds of hectares of degraded agricultural land on its Barooga Karrai property some 60 kilometres west of Condobolin. In addition to biodiversity benefits, agricultural benefits have been realised with tree belts protecting crops from drying winds and keeping groundwater levels low, reducing the risk of land salinisation. Myroolia involves landholders implementing changes to land management practices which promote regeneration of the natural environment while improving productivity within the region. It provides environmental and economic benefits for local landholders where a non-traditional income stream helps to ensure sustainability of grazing operations.

The West Arnhem project was the first savanna fire management project using traditional fire management practices together with scientific knowledge and research to better control the extent and severity of savanna wildfires and thereby reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Customary burning practices have been reinstated producing significant social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits for Indigenous landowners including the maintenance of Aboriginal languages and the well-being of traditional custodians.

How can the community support you?

Consumers can support CO2 Australia by contacting us with their interest in becoming carbon neutral and revegetating our country.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

As part of our journey towards carbon neutrality we have already implemented measures to reduce our carbon footprint, focusing on encouraging behaviour change among employees and using renewable energy where possible. We are currently working on the development of a quantitative emissions reduction target and a corresponding action plan with the aim of reducing our per employee emissions on a yearly basis.

What has been the impact of your action?

The emissions reductions achieved through these measures will be quantified in future reports.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Avoid the ‘greenwash’. Climate Active certification gives businesses a credible, measurable and respected stamp against their carbon neutral credentials.

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2018

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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