Newsletter 1 - August 2007
Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our environment - one that will impact on many generations to come. There has been extensive debate about how we should respond to this challenge, and how this will affect our economy both in the short and long term. How we manage and reduce carbon emissions is central to this debate.
An EPA Victoria initiative, the Carbon Innovators Network is a forum for organisations which want to address the strategic and practical issues of carbon emissions. The network aims to stimulate debate and innovation in carbon management, provide the support and tools organisations need to develop sound carbon management strategies, and transform climate change from a business cost to a business opportunity.
Australia's largest glass manufacturer, Pilkington, has become the first manufacturer to sign a Sustainability Covenant with EPA Victoria, and will become the first company to produce energy-efficient coated glass (EECG) in Australia.
A challenge for many manufacturers, is delivering the quality consumers expect of a product, whilst reducing the overall environmental impact of the product and its manufacturing process.
When EPA Victoria decided in mid-2006 to go carbon neutral, it needed a set of principles that would guide strategic decision-making in relation to energy and greenhouse gas management.
As concern about the impact of climate change grows, a range of products is emerging to offset greenhouse gas emissions. EPA has used its experience in navigating this market to develop guidance for businesses purchasing carbon offsets.
Electricity and domestic travel were identified as the two biggest environmental impacts when the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association (PACIA) used an online Ecological Footprint calculator to measure the environmental performance of its Melbourne office.