October 2009, the Canberra Environment
and Sustainability Resource Centre (CESRC) undertook an independent base energy and
emissions audit and certified Provincial as Carbon Neutral.
neutrality is achieved by reducing emissions as far as possible (eg. energy
efficiency, using renewable energy) and then offsetting any residual emissions
to achieve zero net emissions.
The CESRC report states that Provincial is in a “strong
Carbon Positive position” and that our “business
is doing very well and needs to be promoted as an example to other businesses”.
We are involved in further research into our true capacity for Carbon sequestration to
determine our Carbon Positive position.
are committed to understanding the challenges and opportunities posed by
climate change and to reducing our carbon footprint for both direct and
emissions include the burning of fossil fuels for energy and transportation and
indirect emissions focus on the life cycle of products from procuring raw
materials to waste management.
Nursery and Garden Industry Association has developed a Nursery Footprint Tool
specifically for industry to calculate their carbon footprint. Provincial
helped to launch this tool at the Industry conference in April 2010 in Darwin
and presented our experience and results in using this very specific tool. It will assist us to monitor our carbon
footprint over short and long periods so we continue to improve on our current