The National : THE NATIONAL Issue 1 2009
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER, JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 2009 63 • Ground Transportation (petrol, diesel, taxis) • Air Transportation • Equipment (advertising, marketing, IT, paper office supplies) Next steps “Our next steps will be to imple- ment measures to further reduce our carbon footprint and to monitor progress utilising this initial, base audit. In 2010 our annual scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions will be off- set with carbon credits, effectively outsourcing emissions that cannot be operationally reduced due either to business processes or cost within any given financial year.” Internal initiatives “We already have a robust recy- cling program. Based on the recent audit findings a reduction program is being developed and imple- mented to ensure emissions are kept to a minimum, whilst still being commercially viable. This reduction plan includes reviews and improvements of recycling, light- ing, equipment, internal policies and procedures, online activities, and procurement. Sustainable busi- ness practices will be incorporated into the operational procedures of the business moving forward. Annual audits will be conducted using our 2007 baseline to monitor improvements. Did you know? • A computer and monitor left ON for a year generates the same amount of GHG as a car travelling from Sydney to Perth! • Printers spend approximately 95% of their time sitting idle, though usually left on continuously. • Fax machines are often left ON continuously, but their actual use time is less than 1 hour per day. • Monitors account for around 30% of the energy consumption of a typical computer and monitor combination. Screen savers actually waste energy and money. • Many office and household devices consume energy even when they are switched OFF. Switching OFF devices at the power point when not in use will typically save 2 to 5% of the energy consumption. Ed.: Wow! Heady stuff. I think congratulations are in order to ALS for taking this initiative. I know when I headed back to my office I had a quick check and found that I had two computers turned on, and a screensaver on both monitors. I have resolved to be more vigilant about my real needs on a day to day basis. I am also wearing a swim- ming costume to work on hot days, sothatIdonotneedtouseasmuch air conditioning. (Seriously! Try it.) The ‘National’ would be pleased to hear from other companies which have found ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Maybe it’s not as grand as the foregoing – perhaps you think it’s even better! Let’s hear from you. We are all in this together. I ALS are working on Reducing their carbon footprint, and this is the GHG Committee of Peter Griffin, Kylie Turnbull. Helen Hurst, Lisa Middleton, Jodie Nicholls & Len Parish, (George Camilleri not pictured).
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