CERTIFIED CARBON NEUTRAL WITH 100% AUSTRALIAN CARBON CREDIT UNITS – SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN OFFSET PROJECTS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
Development Victoria is the Victorian Government’s development arm, delivering government policy through property development and urban renewal to achieve social and economic outcomes for the Victorian community.
At Development Victoria, we revitalise urban areas and unlock public land, create important cultural and recreational facilities, and build diverse, affordable and sustainable communities.
We’re passionate about making Victoria a great place to be, working with government partners and the private sector to deliver legacy projects that make a real difference for all Victorians.
“Achieving carbon neutral certification for business operations is one way in which Development Victoria is working toward a more sustainable future.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since April 2021.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
Development Victoria is taking action on climate change, with a strong and clear commitment to creating a sustainable future for all Victorians.
Achieving carbon neutral certification for business operations is one way in which Development Victoria is working toward a more sustainable future.
Going carbon neutral is also an important step towards meeting the goals of the Victorian Government’s Climate Change Act 2017, which sets a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions for the state by 2050.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Carbon neutral certification provides staff, partners, clients, and communities with confidence in Development Victoria’s commitment to sustainability.
The process of certifying with Climate Active has provided data that allows Development Victoria to change practices and behaviours to reduce their carbon footprint.
What offset projects do you support?
Where possible, Development Victoria chose offsets that invest sustainability initiatives back into Victorian communities, such as a landfill gas project in Wollert where 99 per cent of carbon credit offsets were purchased.
One per cent were purchased from a native forest regeneration project in Queensland.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
Development Victoria‘s emissions reduction strategy includes:
- staff-led initiatives and the introduction of a Sustainability Taskforce to educate and incentivise sustainable initiatives in the workplace. The initial focus of the Sustainability Taskforce was encouraging sustainability in the home during to the COVID-19 restrictions
- transitioning to digital contracts. Introducing paperless real estate contracts for housing projects has been a key driver in achieving the certification, with the Riverwalk project alone saving around 300,000 A4 sheets of paper – the equivalent of approximately 20 Australian Blue Gum trees
- improving the efficiency of IT systems
- a review of electricity use which accounts for just over 50 percent of the organisation’s carbon emissions.