Education Services Australia

Education Services Australia (ESA) is a not-for-profit company with a mission to combine education and technology expertise to create and deliver national solutions that further education reform in Australia and contribute to improved student outcomes, enhanced teacher impact and stronger school communities.

ESA works in collaboration with all Australian education jurisdictions to provide technology-based products and services for education. ESA is focused on advancing nationally agreed education initiatives, programs and projects.

"Certification should be part of your company's environmental strategy."

Type of certification

Organisation

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Since 2010-11.

Why are you carbon neutral?

ESA is committed to implementing policies and practices to minimise its environmental impact and to support environmental sustainability. The company believes this is a responsible and ethical course for a modern organisation.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Benefits of ESA's carbon neutral certification include:

  • Contributing to Australia's efforts to reduce environmental impact
  • Meeting expectations of ESA's stakeholders, clients and staff
  • Maximising efficiency and reducing costs
  • Improving ESA's ability to attract and retain the best talent
  • Strengthening ESA's reputation as a socially responsible supplier of education services
  • Adding credibility to ESA's activities within sustainability education

What offset projects do you support?

For 2018-19 financial year, we have support the projects listed below:

  • Delta Regeneration Project (human-induced regeneration of a permanent even-aged native forest)
  • Fish River Fire Project (carbon farming initiative - emissions abatement through savanna fire management)
  • The Longdowns Regeneration Project

Why did you choose these projects?

As a not-for-profit company established by education ministers, most of ESA's work is funded by Australian governments. ESA therefore believes that we should support Australian projects first. Thus, from 2016-17, ESA decided to prioritise Australian-based projects first when choosing offset projects.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

ESA staff have formed a Friends of the Environment group whose main aim is to educate staff on ways they can reduce waste both at home and at work. The group shares information with staff and gives regular talks at all staff meetings. They have established an extensive recycling program which includes coffee cups, oral health and beauty products, coffee pods, batteries and phones, soft plastics, plastic bottle caps, and contact lenses and their packaging. 

The company has also provided all staff with glass keep cups and water bottles to discourage use of plastic.

What has been the impact of your action?

Since ESA's Environment Policy was introduced in 2010-11, total emissions have decreased by 54%  to 2018-19. Most of this reduction was achieved in the early years due to extensive refit of office equipment and energy efficient lighting and the introduction of policies to reduce staff travel and commence recycling.

A new baseline year for reporting emissions was established in 2015-16 and, since then, emissions have decreased by 3.23%.

ESA has also significantly increased the environmental consciousness of its staff and engendered a socially responsible ethic.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

It can be difficult for an office-based business to find new ways to continually reduce its measurable emissions, so certification should be part of your company's environmental strategy. 

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Public Disclosure Statement

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2018-2019

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-12-03

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Public Disclosure Statement

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2017-18

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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2016-17

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2019-11-11

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2015-16

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2019-11-11

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2014-15

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2019-11-11

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2013-14

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2019-11-11

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2012-13

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2019-11-11

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Public Disclosure Statement

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2011-12

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2019-11-11

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Public Disclosure Statement

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2010-11

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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