We've put 800 trees back in the Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor

One of the key aims of Our Ten Year Plan, is to deliver a “carbon negative” (not “carbon neutral”) program, where we invest in native forest regeneration to move beyond just off-setting carbon emissions. We firmly believe that we need to analyse and invest in huge new projects to achieve this goal. We don't believe that simply 'buying offsets' such that our carbon impact becomes negative - 'on paper', is the right thing to do. We do, however, believe in small steps. That's why, in 2021, our first full year of operation, we became a Carbon Neutral Partner with 800 trees purchased to restore habitat in the Australian Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor. Carbon Neutral, as a company fits with our Australian procurement policy, which selects Australian-based businesses over multinational corporations. Additionally, while Carbon Neutral does operate global tree planting programmes, they have an ambitious, tangible, Australian tree-planting project that we were able to support. The Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor is in the northern wheatbelt region of Southwest Australia, and is significantly one of only 36 global biodiversity hotspots. These are regions that have an exceptionally high number of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. The biodiversity hotspot label recognises that these plants, animals and ecosystems are at extreme risk of destruction. About the Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor project

The area along the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor was once vibrant with expansive woodlands of York gum and Salmon gum trees. But from the early 1900s Europeans have cleared more than 97% of the vegetation so they could farm. Now, parts of the landscape are not suitable for traditional agriculture due to problem soils that are increasingly uneconomic to farm in a drying climate. The Plant-A-Tree Program is part of a plan to eventually link small patches of remaining vegetation and 12 nature reserves to create a green corridor. The trees and shrubs are thriving and we’re helping re-invigorate local communities. Revegetation work supports local businesses and employs local people, including workers from Aboriginal communities. Activities such as sandalwood production and beekeeping are being developed to complement the planting and there are plans for bush tucker and eco-cultural tourism industries. Download the Plant-a-Tree information pack from Carbon Neutral As part of our commitment to Our Ten Year Plan, we have also employed Carbon Neutral to undertake a carbon footprint assessment. You can read more about the results and what we're doing about carbon, here.

------------------------------------------------------------------------ It all started at a weekend BBQ, discussing living in a time of changing climate and the impact it will have on our families lives in coming decades. ​We were surprised to find so much electricity was still being generated by fossil fuels. ​We were disappointed that there was a lack of adoption and investment in renewable energy in Australia. ​Certainly, we could go back to our jobs and keep talking about it at weekend BBQs, in the hope that someone else does something about it, but o answer was to start a new electricity retailer with the purpose of driving demand for renewable electricity.

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