Environment (CSR)

Energetics has always aspired to have a positive impact on the environment.

We collect, record and publish our environmental performance, including our energy, water and waste usage in our biennial sustainability reports. We are committed to reducing the carbon footprint of our standard business activities, and reducing the broader impact that we have on the environment.

Below we have outlined some of the initiatives.

Carbon neutrality

Our approach is based on identifying and prioritising areas across our operations where emissions reductions are both achievable and sustainable. Where reductions are not possible, we purchase offsets that are both verifiable and deliver social benefits.

We have continued to offset 100% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the complete life cycle of our services since 2008. Our carbon neutrality is maintained in accordance with the stringent Greenhouse Friendly information gathering and calculation process requirements. This approach aligns with Energetics’ commitment to best practice
calculation of our complete emissions profile.

Energetics has purchased offsets under the Qantas Future Planet program. We calculated our carbon emissions to be 1,555 tCO2-e over the 2013 and 2014 period, however through the Qantas Future Planet Program we ‘overshot’ with a purchase of 1,680 tonnes. All projects under the Future Planet program are Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) accredited1.

 

NABERS ratings

The National Australian Built Environment Rating System rates or measures the energy efficiency, water usage, waste management and indoor environment quality of a building or tenancy and its impact on the environment2

As one of our major sustainability goals, Energetics continues to improve and develop innovative projects in order to improve our offices NABERS ratings. Currently all our offices have achieve a 4.5 stars out of a possible 6.

 

Waste management

All our larger offices (Melbourne, Sydney and Perth) have comingled recycling and general waste bins which operates through Visy. This program allows us to have better control of both our recyclable and non-recyclable waste and ensures that all paper wastes as well as plastics are recycled correctly.

In addition to managing office waste Planet Ark collects our printer toner and cartridges. All A4 paper bought for the Sydney office over the 2013 and 2014 periods is carbon neutral.

[1] Note that Energetics carbon offsets are purchased on a FY basis, as described in our most current Sustainability Report.

[2] Please refer to the NABERS website for further information.