Austeng identifies the need to transition to a low-carbon economy and to minimise resource utilisation. We are a team committed to reducing our impact on the environment, will continually review our sustainability position and actively seek opportunities for improvement.
The key drivers for this vision are:
- Corporate social responsibility
- Reducing business risks and operation costs
Carbon Management Response Plan (background):
Austeng completed a voluntary Carbon Audit for the 2010-2011 Financial Year with Vicky Grosser (www.managecarbon.com.au) to quantify our Carbon Emissions with a goal to significantly reduce our Carbon emissions by 2020. This was Geelong’s first Carbon Management Response Plan to date.
The audit indicated the following primary Carbon sources:
Austeng’s total evaluated Carbon Emissions for the 10-11FY was 214 tonnes CO2-e.
In response to the audit, Austeng has implemented a range of Carbon Reduction measures including;
- Purchasing Diesel or LPG vehicles when upgrading fleet vehicles
- Installation of 30KW of solar panels
- Conversion of workshop and office lighting to energy-efficient LED where possible.
- Installation of electronic timers for hot water heaters, urns and motion sensors for out of hours lighting needs.
- Increased focus on recycling of waste
- Purchasing of Carbon Offsets for all domestic and international flights.
Jan 2020 Update:
Purchased electricity was Austeng’s largest Carbon source. Since installing Solar arrays, LED lighting, electronic timers and our staff becoming more aware of energy usage energy consumption from the grid has dropped from 91,000 KWh in during the audit to 26,000 KWh in 2019 (a reduction of over 70%! or 85 tonnes of CO2-e) , with an additional 18,000 kWh being exported to the grid to offset the consumption of others.
Since 2011, all domestic and international flights have offset via Qantas or Virgin Australia Carbon Flight Offset programs.
Austeng vehicles (excluding 1 forklift) are LPG (dedicated gas) or diesel fueled.
A recycling program has been implemented including,
- Cardboard and Paper
- Scrap metals
- Batteries and E-Waste
- Printer consumables and fluoro tubes
Our team have a greater awareness and interest in sustainability with many lunchtime conversations spent discussing global, national and local environmental issues and mitigation measures.
The next step for Austeng’s Carbon Management Response Plan and sustainability improvements include,
- Transitioning the vehicle fleet to Electric Vehicles, including forklifts.
- Install additional Solar arrays to further reduce grid electricity consumption and for EV charging.
- Install rainwater tanks for use in toilets, washbasins and general cleaning operations.
- Expand our recycling efforts to include plastics and organics.
- Continue to identify opportunities to reduce waste, utilise recycled products and promote a circular economy model.