As a Zero C business, Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd, has all scope 1 & 2 carbon emissions, with specified scope 3 emissions, annually audited and 100% offset. We have undertaken annual audits since 2007.
For the 2010-11 year total emissions for vehicle travel, electricity, waste, purchased paper, flights and taxi travel reduced down to 6.18tCO2e – a 34% saving on the previous financial year.
A base year energy and emissions analysis for 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008 identified scope 1, scope 2 and selected scope 3 emissions as totalling 63.9tCO2e with the activity contributing to the majority of the emissions related to business travel. Since being made aware of the company’s emissions and energy use, 44.84tCO2e was the total emissions for 2008-9 and 21.54 tCO2e for 2009-10.
Sustainability is a strategic priority for the company, reflected in values, behaviours and core competencies. Emissions savings were made by engaging with our team, utilising readily accessible technology for online meetings and collaboration, reducing interstate travel and the introduction of a policy that recognises who is responsible for business travel.
“A commitment to reducing our emissions has really paid off as we can show a 36% saving from last financial year in our fuel costs and a 41% saving in our travel expenses. Electricity costs have risen slightly and so in the New Year we are installing solar panels to further reduce electricity and energy consumption. The option to offset emissions will be included in client proposals and environmentally friendly office supplies will be another change introduced next year”, explains Wendy Perry, Managing Director, Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd.
The company’s commitment to operating as a carbon neutral corporation during the 2010-11 inventory period has meant the unavoidable GHG emissions are offset using carbon offsets registered under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and equate to the equivalent of taking approximately 1.7 passenger vehicles off the road for 12 months.
“Wendy Perry & Associates is a great example of what can be achieved when a company draws focus on GHG’s within the business and across the value chain. A commitment, which when led from senior management and filtered through the organisational culture, ultimately leads to an improvement in operational efficiencies and expenses”, said Matthew Shorten Managing Director of BalanceCarbon, who has been working with the company since 2007.
Over the 2009-2010 financial year Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd made a huge reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the previous year.
“Whilst we had a reduction target of 10%, we were surprised by this result as from 2007-2008 compared with 2008-2009 we made a 40% reduction and to get another reduction like this demonstrates how our practices have changed”, said Managing Director, Wendy Perry.
The reduction over this year was due to reducing interstate travel by strategically targeting more local work, using internet and phone for meetings, changing lighting and being more energy conscious.
“As a small business I am really proud of what we have achieved. Over the past three financial years our partner Balance Carbon Pty Ltd has helped us to measure and manage our energy and GHG emissions plus we’ve saved money too. Often the changes we’ve made to our practices were small, thinking of different alternatives and having fun with activities such as our tree planting and Fantasy Fairytales ZeroC Calendar but the results have been enormous”, Wendy stated.
Matt Shorten, Managing Director of Balance Carbon highlights the benefits of these results,
“Wendy Perry & Associate’s commitment to measuring and managing GHG emissions is turning real results from an emissions performance perspective and financial one too. Wendy and her team have demonstrated an integrated approach to carbon management across their operation and have clearly demonstrated what is achievable”.
So what ideas can you take away and apply to your own businesses? Wendy Perry and Associates Pty Ltd has implemented the following actions:
- Environmental Sustainability Policy and Action Plan for 2009-2012;
- changing over the car fleet to smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles;
- reducing air travel by using alternative communication channels like Skype and online meetings;
- identifying sustainability as a strategic business priority, core value and core competency for the organisation and all associates;
- including as an option a GHG Emissions and Carbon Offset levy in all proposals, projects and programs; and
- undertaking professional development, attending conferences and participating in local government programs to support sustainability.
Here’s some websites and links you might find useful:
National Carbon Offset Standard