Leading consultancy on the built environment, Arup Australasia, has announced its ambitious sustainability initiative to take regional operations 100% carbon neutral by 2020.
The firm's Regional Chair, Peter Chamley, announced the staff-driven initiative on Monday as a way Arup is showing industry leadership through action.
This latest pledge to carbon neutrality builds on Arup Australasia's existing sustainability commitments; the firm already offsets emissions from client project-related flights with leading sustainability solutions provider, South Pole.
Emissions from these flights are compensated for with South Pole's EcoAustralia™ carbon credits, which combine investments in Gold Standard-certified renewable energy projects with Australian biodiversity conservation.
" South Pole is proud to work with businesses in Australasia that are leading by example with ambitious climate action targets," says Jay van Rijn, Senior Carbon & Energy Manager – Australia, South Pole.
"We're seeing a growing number of businesses in the region aiming for climate neutrality, and Arup's latest initiative is an important industry-leading example that further demonstrates their commitment to sustainability and environmental protection in Australia and beyond."
" As a firm and as individuals, we want to seek to reduce carbon emissions in all we do. With better amenities and greater awareness, we will move from good intentions to 'business as usual' practices. We are ready to take responsibility and change our behaviours to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions," says Peter Chamley, Chair - Australasian Region, Arup.
As part of the pledge, Arup Australasia will not only offset carbon, but focus on cutting emissions through strategies such as improving video-conferencing facilities and limiting air travel, reducing paper use, introducing hybrid and electric vehicles to their fleet, and encouraging active travel for staff commuters.
The above news story was informed by an article published on the news section of the Arup website.