What does it mean to be carbon neutral? We explain how we became the first carbon-neutral packaging company in Australia, and why it’s so important to fight the climate crisis.
What Does It Mean to Be a Carbon-neutral Business?
You might have heard the term ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘carbon zero’ in reference to businesses or products. And while it certainly sounds good, it’s not always entirely clear what it actually means.
What does carbon neutrality mean?
To become carbon neutral, businesses and organisations calculate the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their activity, such as fuel or electricity use and travel. They reduce these emissions as much as possible by investing in new technology or changing the way they operate. Any remaining emissions can be 'cancelled out' by purchasing carbon offsets. Carbon offset units are generated from activities that prevent, reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere. When the offsets purchased by an organisation equal the emissions produced they are carbon neutral.
So why did we choose to become carbon neutral?
Why We're Carbon Neutral
BioPak is a responsible company, and we strive to reduce our impact on the environment as much as possible. While we have taken some steps to strive to reduce our carbon emissions, at this stage some emissions are unavoidable, and buying carbon offsets is.
One of the ways we can reduce our impact, as we’re proactively investigating other initiatives to further reduce any negative consequences associated with the production, distribution and disposal of our products.
How Did BioPak Become Carbon Neutral?
BioPak has been carbon neutral since 2010, however, in 2019, we have made the decision to become certified to Australian Government-backed standard, Climate Active (formerly NCOS). The program has strict requirements and it guarantees that certification is awarded to businesses and organisations that have credibly reached a state of achieving net-zero emissions.