Wide Open Agriculture
CERTIFIED CARBON NEUTRAL WITH 100% AUSTRALIAN CARBON CREDIT UNITS – SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN OFFSET PROJECTS, OUR COMMUNITIES AND THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
Wide Open Agriculture (WOA) is Australia’s leading ASX-listed regenerative food and agriculture company. The Company’s primary activities centre around the development, sale and multi-channel distribution of value-added food products. The Company is based in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. WOA operates under a ‘4 Returns’ framework and seeks to deliver measurable outcomes on financial, natural, social and inspirational returns. WOA is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (WOA) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (2WO) and is the world’s first ‘4 Returns’ publicly listed company.
“As a company we believe that carbon neutral certification will support us to differentiate our products in the marketplace, targeting the ever growing number of climate conscious consumers.”
Type of certification
Organisation and product.
How long have you been certified carbon neutral?
Since October 2020.
Why did you choose to go carbon neutral?
As a food company we embrace the concept of regenerative agriculture, which is an umbrella term for a diverse set of farming principles and practices that aim to enhance biodiversity, improve water cycles and improve soil health. Ultimately, adopting these practices (e.g. reduced nitrogen fertiliser use or no-till farming) can reduce carbon emissions and potentially allow farmers to create carbon credit units. We value Climate Active Carbon Neutral Certification as an internationally credible third-party endorsement that links directly to our holistic regenerative agriculture commitments and reassures our consumers that their purchases are creating a positive environmental impact.
What are the anticipated benefits of your carbon neutral certification?
As a company we believe that carbon neutral certification will support us to differentiate our products in the marketplace, targeting the ever growing number of climate conscious consumers who are seeking products produced with the highest possible environmental standards. For our farming partners we anticipate that this will lead to an increasing drive towards low-input farming that is kinder to the land, is more resilient to extreme weather and saves money.
What offset projects do you support?
A regeneration project in Queensland and a waste composting project in Western Australia.
Why did you choose these projects?
As an Australian company working directly to value-add and market Australia's best agricultural produce, we are deeply committed to achieving the highest positive impact possible with all of our purchasing choices. This is why we have elected to purchase 100% of our carbon credits from highly credible Australian (ACCU) projects, rather than sourcing low-cost international carbon units. We elected carbon credits from a sustainable livestock grazing project and from a project diverting green waste from landfill and reutilising the resultant compost as fertiliser for the agriculture industry. Both of these projects contribute directly to improving the overall carbon footprint of the Australian agriculture sector.
How can the community support you?
The easiest (and tastiest) way to support our positive environmental impact, is to head to www.dirtycleanfood.com.au to purchase from our range of nutritious and ethically produced food products with the highest possible sourcing standards. In addition to our online store, we also distribute to the food service industry, selective retail outlets and wholesale distributors.
What else are you doing to reduce emissions?
We work closely with our farming partners to offer long-term support and incentives to encourage the adoption of farming practices that reduce their carbon footprint . As a business we are also implementing a shadow-carbon-price, basically an internal carbon tax, on all activities. This means that the carbon footprint will be taken into account in all of our business decisions, carbon accountability has become part of our company DNA.
What has been the impact of your action?
This is our first year of carbon neutral certification and has already identified key areas where we can reduce our footprint and save money as a business. We look forward to the long term benefit of this commitment.
What advice would you give to a business considering certification?
We believe that carbon neutral certification is a bold and credible commitment to the future of the planet. If businesses worldwide can unite around collective climate action, then the collective impact can be profound. We highly encourage businesses considering this certification process to get started.