South Pole Australia

As the world’s leading emission reduction project developer, South Pole Australia works with the private, public and civil sectors around the world to deliver sustainability strategies and solutions. In Australia this includes providing offsets from our projects and greenhouse gas accounting support to organisations seeking Climate Active certification. Globally, South Pole has undertaken emission reduction and carbon offsetting standards according to our own certification standards, which align with international best practice.

“There’s no time like the present to start working for a better tomorrow – and going carbon neutral is a great place to start.”

Type of certification

Organisation and Service.

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

South Pole Australia first received carbon neutral certification for our 2017 calendar year operations.

Why are you carbon neutral?

In Australia, it made sense for us to take our local operations carbon neutral as a way to lead by example and ‘walk the talk’.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Attaining carbon neutral certification has been beneficial in a number of ways. On a business level, it’s a way for us to communicate to our clients that we know what we’re doing and we’re committed. Going carbon neutral has also provided a way for us to engage our employees further by raising awareness about adopting more sustainable behaviours and habits – both regarding work and at home – such as walking and cycling instead of driving and avoiding unnecessary business flights.

What offset projects do you support?

To achieve carbon neutrality, we supported one of South Pole’s own projects: the Kariba Forest Protection project in northern Zimbabwe.

Why did you choose these projects?

At South Pole, we understand that sustainable development and climate action must be tackled together. The Kariba project reduces emissions by avoiding deforestation and land degradation in an area of 785,000 hectares on the shores of Lake Kariba near the Zambian border. It is a community-based forest protection project administered by the four local Rural District Councils of Binga, Nyaminyami, Hurungwe and Mbire. The project supports a range of co-benefits beyond emission reductions that promote community independence and well-being. Among them are new clinic amenities for better healthcare, improved local infrastructure such as boreholes and roads and school subsidies for local families. Project activities and training workshops in conservation agriculture, community gardens, sustainable beekeeping, fire management and ecotourism create jobs and sustainable income streams that benefit the entire region.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

Some of the activities we already undertake across our Sydney and Melbourne offices to reduce emissions are powering operations with renewable energy wherever possible, promoting green practices directed at recycling and minimising waste and purchasing eco-friendly, recycled, recyclable and reusable supplies wherever possible. In addition, we minimise unnecessary travel (particularly flights) between offices to reduce emissions from business travel, promote the use of public transport, as well as walking and cycling, for the daily commute, and encourage and train staff to be sustainability advocates and practitioners.

What has been the impact of your action?

Going carbon neutral has increased staff awareness of emissions from business travel and commuting, and we are seeing employees take new behaviours aimed at emission reduction into their home lives too. But we believe that the most important impact by far has been the reduction of our carbon footprint. This is an impact we hope to magnify, not only through our commitment to continued emission reductions, but also by inspiring more Australian businesses to take their own operations carbon neutral.

How can the community support you?

Our clients can support us by joining the movement and going carbon neutral themselves!

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

Start conversations with your employees and service providers now, create awareness about the importance of measuring your carbon footprint among staff and stakeholders, and, above all, just do it! There’s no time like the present to start working for a better tomorrow – and going carbon neutral is a great place to start.

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Public Disclosure Statement

Service

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Service

YEAR

2019

PUBLICATION DATE:
2020-09-01

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Public Disclosure Statement

Organisation

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2018

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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Public Disclosure Statement

Organisation

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Organisation

YEAR

2017

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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