Local Government Super

Local Government Super (LGS) was established in 1997 to provide retirement benefits to Local Councils in NSW and is now a public offer fund. LGS manages $12 billion in superannuation assets and has about 90,000 members. LGS is a multi-award winning certified responsible super fund with investments diversified across Australian and International shares, fixed income, property, infrastructure and private equity.  Based in Sydney with 95 employees and 7 regional offices, the fund has a focus on sustainability and delivering a better future for our members.

“Becoming carbon neutral focuses our efforts on reducing emissions and contributing to a low carbon economy.”

Type of certification

Organisation.

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Local Government Super achieved Climate Active certification in 2020.

Why are you carbon neutral?

Becoming carbon neutral focuses our efforts on reducing emissions and contributing to a low carbon economy.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Carbon neutral certification demonstrates to our members and wider community that emissions reduction is possible through targeted action.

What offset projects do you support?

A re-forestation project in NSW, Australia

A Rimba Raya biodiversity reserve project in Indonesia

A wind power project in Rajasthan, India

Why did you choose these projects?

We chose those projects to reflect LGS’ local and global outlook, alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) and our membership base.

We chose the re-forestation project given this directly supports UNSDG 13: Climate Action, and that our membership base is principally located in the state of NSW.

Rimba Raya is a climate change mitigation, conservation and biodiversity initiative. It also supports local communities in providing education and employment. The project meets all 17 UNSDG’s.

The wind project in India generates renewable energy and meets UNSDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

How can the community/customers support you?

Digitally accessing our communications will directly assist with reducing emissions output.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

LGS is exploring ways to reduce emissions using technology such as video conferencing and screen sharing to reduce travel.

LGS sources Green Power and our Sydney Head Office is located in a carbon neutral building further reducing emissions associated with utilities.

Other areas identified include reduction in dependence on postal services such as the use of digital documents and sign offs.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Certification is a highly recommended and worthwhile exercise. There are many opportunities for us to reduce our impact on the environment. Certification provides us a roadmap to deliver better outcomes for our employees, members and the wider community.

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2018-2019

PUBLICATION DATE:
2020-07-03

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