partnership to reduce the environmental cost of air
With air travel one of the fastest growing contributors
to greenhouse gas emissions, a group of globe-trotting
young Australian sustainability leaders have forged
a partnership to come up with a way to do business
without adding to global warming.
Sustainability think tank The Natural Edge Project
has teamed up with Ergon Energy to offset their team’s
projected greenhouse gas emissions from air travel
The Natural Edge Project is a not for profit think-tank
that produces books, education programs, strategies
and tools to help government, universities and business
achieve their sustainability goals.
Ergon Energy Retail Chief Operating Officer Kate Skilleter
said the group wanted a way to offset an estimated
100 tonnes of greenhouse gas generated as they travelled
around the country and the world doing business.
“Air travel is an integral part of the globalised
world and an increasing source of greenhouse gas emissions,
but it’s also one factor that organisations
can address easily to make an environmental difference,”
Ms Skilleter said.
“In this case, The Natural Edge Project team
has supplied Ergon Energy with an estimate of their
air travel miles for 2006. We have used this to calculate
the approximate amount of greenhouse gas generated
by their travel, and bought enough green energy to
offset the emissions.”
“The end result is that the group’s air
travel for 2006 produces no net carbon dioxide emissions.”
Natural Edge Project Coordinator Charlie Hargroves
welcomed Ergon Energy’s support.
“As an organisation we limit the air travel
we undertake as much as we can, however for the trips
we decide to take we look for ways to minimise the
environmental damage. As there are limited options
for alternative forms of air travel the next best
thing is to offset the emissions.”
“Collaborating with Ergon Energy allows us to
demonstrate yet another way organisations can actively
cooperate to create a sustainable society,”
Mr Hargroves said.
“I hope that our partnership with Ergon Energy
inspires other organisations to consider how they
can also contribute to a sustainable future by taking
responsibility for their operations,” he said.
Ms Skilleter said the partnership was part of Ergon
Energy’s commitment to becoming the most environmentally
responsible energy retailer in Australia.
To find out more about Ergon Energy’s Green
products and how they can help your organisation offset
greenhouse gas emissions visit www.ergon.com.au.
For more information contact:
Phone: 07 3228