We've stepped up in the fight against climate change, including a global commitment to reduce our direct emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 50% by 2030.
And in Australia and New Zealand, our goal is to become carbon neutral in our operations by 2030.
We’re proud of our history in South Australia, with 2020 marking 60 years as one of South Australia’s largest employers in the South East. Throughout this time, environmental sustainability has always been a key focus for us with large teams of experts both here in ANZ and globally purely focused on reducing our footprint.
In 2020 we confirmed a 62% reduction in emissions since 2011 but realise it doesn’t stop here, which is why we are continuously looking at ways to reduce it further, including exploring new technologies and ways to connect directly to renewable energy sources nearby. We're also aiming to transition all of our offices to renewable energy with our head office in Sydney and office in New Zealand making the switch in 2020. Our ultimate goal is to become carbon neutral in our Australian operations by 2030.
In line with our global commitment to Science Based Targets, we’re also investing in nature-based solutions to help offset some of the carbon we can't yet reduce. This includes working with key partners to help restore the unique biodiversity of forests and bushland across Australia and New Zealand and supporting models that engage and empower traditional owners to manage this process into the future.
Carbon Positive Australia restores unused and degraded land back to natural habitat, planting trees and protecting biodiversity. To celebrate our carbon neutral goal, in November 2020 we announced that we would plant around 11,000 trees which offsets 1,470 tonnes of our emissions - equivalent to around 10% of our imported electricity at Millicent Mill, or taking 318 cars off the road for a year.
In New Zealand we’re supporting The Nature Conservancy and their work with the Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance. The Kotahitanga mō te Taiao is an alliance of councils, seven iwi (indigenous tribes) and the Department of Conservation in the top of the South Island, working collectively to restore natural landscapes. The aim of the alliance is to restore the health of over 2.5 million hectares of land and water for people, nature, and future generations.
As a large manufacturer, we’re also focused on reducing our Scope 3 emissions with a goal to reduce emissions in our value chain by 20% by 2030. To get there, we’re working with partners on projects like improving the efficiency of our distribution centres, investing in renewables and energy upgrades, transitioning our delivery fleet to hybrids and developing life-cycle assessments for all our products so we can focus efforts around extraction, manufacturing and end-of-life cycle.