Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The Great Barrier Reef is an irreplaceable ecosystem, home to thousands of species of marine life, including fish, dolphins, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle. But our Reef and its marine life are facing a growing combination of threats.
Saving the Reef is a huge task, but there’s hope.
Right now, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation is saving our Reef and its marine life for future generations. We are the action station for the Reef, bringing together people and science to deliver the world’s largest coral reefs program and more than 60 Reef-saving projects.
“Our sustainability commitment is not just about our own impacts and actions, but also using our voice and our circle of influence to activate positive change and productive conversations.”
Type of certification
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since February 2021.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
Now is our window of opportunity to save our coral reefs, here and around the world. We all have a role to play, and collectively we can make a difference.
Global and Australian action to meet the Paris Agreement as well as local actions to improve the Reef’s resilience are urgent and critical. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation makes a commitment to both.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
Achieving carbon neutrality in 2020 underpins our commitment to sustainability, and from this baseline, we commit to ongoing reduction in our carbon footprint and finding ways to capture, store and protect natural carbon reserves through our projects.
Our sustainability commitment is not just about our own impacts and actions, but also using our voice and our circle of influence to activate positive change and productive conversations.
What offset projects do you support?
A fire management project in Queensland.
Why did you choose this project?
The project is delivering a valuable income stream for the Moompa-Awu Aboriginal Corporation. Through this project Traditional Owners have established sound management and governance and have improved job prospects with career pathways, whether as workers in the cattle industry, as rangers protecting cultural or natural assets, or as fire management operators.
This project has strong alignment to the values and outcomes being delivered through the Foundation’s partnership with the Australian Government’s Reef Trust, which includes a $50 million investment – the largest ever to date – in Traditional Owner co-designed, and Traditional Owner-led activities to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef.
How can the community support you?
We’re already making an impact, but there’s more to do. That’s why we need your help.
Through a regular or a one-off donation, your support can help save endangered species, find solutions to major threats facing our Reef and enable vital research that helps us save our Reef and its marine life for future generations. You can find out more at www.barrierreef.org/donate.
Join our community and get the latest Reef updates direct to your inbox: www.barrierreef.org/subscribe.
No matter how you choose to help, your support will make a difference to the Reef and the thousands of marine species that call it home.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
With guidance from our registered consultant, GBRF is now identifying ways to reduce carbon emissions such as reducing reliance on courier services or choosing carbon neutral couriers where postage is necessary. We are also updating our travel policies and ensuring we are only flying when necessary.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
Our mission is to bring together the best minds and technologies to help solve the challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef, and to challenge everyone – from the boardroom to the beach – to stand up, unite, and take an active part in its conservation. We encourage businesses to consider certification as part of climate action.