Carbon Offsets: Corporate Citizenship or Cop Out?

In the policy vacuum of carbon policy that is Australia in 2017, increasingly businesses are looking to reduce their environmental impact without waiting for Federal Government leadership on this issue. Going carbon neutral is a popular choice, whereby a business calculates the emissions associated with its operations, reduces these where possible and then purchases carbon…

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University of South Australia enters a new era of data management with Trellis

Capturing, managing and analysing data across multiple campuses and locations is no small task – particularly if you’re relying on key personnel and spreadsheets. By implementing sustainability management software, Trellis, The University of South Australia is transforming its sustainability journey, saving thousands of dollars each year on internal administration alone. Based in South Australia, Uni…

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Consultation open on draft NCOS building and precinct standards

The Department of the Environment and Energy has recently released drafts of the new National Carbon Offset Standards for Buildings and Precincts and is seeking comments until 10 February 2017. The new draft standards “set rules for measuring, reducing, offsetting and reporting emissions required to make carbon neutral claims for building and precinct operations.” Download the…

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A year with the future of Environmental Management

In April 2016 Balance Carbon announced our sponsorship of the University of Queensland’s Geography and Environmental Management Society (“UQ GEMS”). With UQ students currently sitting their end of year exams we reflect on our year with UQ GEMS. Lead by a passionate and dedicated executive, UQ GEMS has set about engaging students studying either degree…

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Connect – Ignite – Renew, Universities talk Sustainability

Balance Carbon has extended on its proud history of membership with the Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability (“ACTS”) with its sponsorship of the 2016 Annual Conference. Under the headline of “Connect – Ignite – Renew” Balance Carbon were both an active conference participant and inspired attendee at this year’s conference.Balance Carbon’s Helen McCarthy presented in conjunction…

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Thinking of Going Carbon Neutral?

The Australian Government and the Carbon Market Institute are hosting a series of information sessions about the benefits of going certified carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard. Balance Carbon’s Helen McCarthy will be presenting on the journey with Charles Sturt University who became Australia’s first carbon neutral university earlier this year. These sessions…

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Guide to Going Carbon Neutral

Thinking of going carbon neutral? Want to understand the process, costs and on-going requirements? Want to know why companies purchase offsets? There are a myriad of “Carbon Neutral” programs that provide options for making a claim to carbon neutral. There is however only one program backed by the Australian Government which gives consumers the confidence…

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Is Voluntary Action a Waste of Time?

Voluntary action for environmental outcomes is championed as a way to “do your bit” and to encourage positive policy changes. But does it? Is the cost of your “optional extra” action really achieving anything or is it just clever marketing at the expense of your goodwill and hip pocket? Continuing in our support for the…

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