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Carbon neutral

Closely packed trees in an old growth forest that is being preserved through sustainability.

SACS Consulting has been carbon neutral since 2007

Why we are committed to environmental sustainability

We became carbon neutral after discussions with our staff about the issue of climate change and my personal belief that global warming is one of the most significant challenges facing the human race.

Our concern about the issue has not diminished and neither has our commitment to carbon neutrality.

I think this is a trend that will be adopted by many more companies as the signs of global warming become more obvious day-to-day.

A stack of strategies for achieving net zero carbon emissions

What does “carbon neutral” actually mean?

A carbon neutral company is one that has:

  • accurately measured their carbon emissions
  • worked to minimise their carbon emissions
  • offset any carbon emissions through environmental projects

in order to reduce and remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as it creates during the course of its activities.

In other words, being carbon neutral means that there is a net zero carbon footprint.

How we minimise our carbon footprint

To support our commitment to environmental sustainability, we:

  • Comply with relevant Australian Government environmental legislation, regulations and policies
  • Prevent pollution, minimise waste and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Determine and report our Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory annually
  • Eliminate avoidable business travel
  • Minimise the consumption of energy, water and natural resources, through both technical and staff based initiatives
  • Use resources efficiently and minimise the generation of waste
  • Encourage action by our clients through support from our sustainability & climate change practice and sharing our own experiences
  • Work with our suppliers to reduce our indirect environmental impacts and encourage a reduction in their own impact

Any remaining emissions are offset via climate change mitigation projects including renewable energy, revegetation and energy-efficiency.

SACS Consulting Carbon Audit Results 2009-2021 bar chart

Our sustainability achievements

We are proud to be one of the few carbon neutral companies in Australia that have been carbon neutral for such a long time.

We have reduced our impact on the environment in a number of measurable ways, including reductions in fuel usage, electricity and staff travel and commuting.

Here is a graph of our emissions from 2009 to 2021, showing our improvements over time.

The Carbon Reduction Institute

Each year we commission a NoCO2 audit from the Carbon Reduction Institute to help us measure our carbon footprint, plan future reductions and continuously improve our environmental performance.

The Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI), through its NoCO2/LowCO2 certification program, aims to help businesses reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and demonstrate their proactive approach toward the challenges posed by climate change.

This program allows businesses to position themselves within industry and community as leaders in the fight against climate change and become part of the growing ‘low carbon economy’.

We are proud of our passionate commitment to environmental sustainability.

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Our environmental sustainability values

In 2018 we became a “work from anywhere” organisation, meaning that all of our staff work entirely remotely.

Our commitment to environmental sustainability is one of the reasons we made this transition, and as a result, we saw our average yearly fuel consumption drop by more than 90% and our annual carbon emissions by more than 80%.

Measuring our employee’s personal values in relation to this important topic allowed us to make decisions that increased staff engagement and job satisfaction, while also reducing our impact on the environment.

Learn more about measuring your workforce’s personal work values to ensure that you’re making the best decisions for your organisation.

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