Since 1 Degree began we’ve invested more than a million dollars in evaluating and implementing projects for energy efficiency. This has involved sourcing the most efficient air conditioning chillers, printers, lighting and building management systems. The results are lower emissions and energy costs falling by more than a million dollars each and every year. It’s a good outcome all round.
Sustainable procurement is integral to our future as an environmentally aware business. Ensuring our purchasing decisions include environmental criteria is a crucial part of our commitment to environment. Sustainable procurement also benefits the company with less waste, more efficient plant and equipment and reduces our environmental impacts.
Any packaging we use is either avoided or has been carefully evaluated to minimise its environmental impacts. For example, life cycle studies have shown that polythylene film remains the most environmentally responsible way to protect home delivery newspapers and magazines. It can be recycled where schemes exist, and when disposed to landfill it locks up carbon rather than releasing it to the atmosphere as biodegradable products do. It contains no heavy metals which some compostable plastics have.
We seek to work with suppliers that share our commitment to reducing impacts on the environment through responsibly managing natural resources, supporting local communities, and producing sustainable products. As the major purchaser of paper in the Australian publishing sector we work with our suppliers to ensure that our paper is responsibly sourced from certified mills. We publicly report this through the CDP Forests program. To view our Global Paper Policy, click here.
Ink formulations have continuously been improved over time. Today, no heavy metals (as defined in Australian Standard 1647, Part 3, 1982) are added to black or colour inks, making our newspapers safe to bury, burn or compost – as well as recycle. And all of the paper we use must be produced with pulp that has been bleached using either Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) or Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) processes.
Reducing the energy intensity of our business means increasing efficiency and powering our operations with clean energy whenever possible. In addition to energy efficiency measures that reduced emissions by 10% from 2006 to 2010, we reduced these emissions by a further 10% by replacing existing energy sources with GoldPower, which is bought directly from a renewable energy source. Now that we’ve achieved a total emission reduction of 24% without the use of renewable power, we’re approaching clean energy by actively evaluating opportunities for major rooftop solar and tri-generation at some of our larger sites.
No old growth eucalypt has been used to make Australian newsprint since 1991. We have set a global goal to have 100% of the fiber used to make our paper sourced from Chain of Custody certified paper mills, and to participate in globally in the CDP Forest Program. Thinnings, forest waste and undersize/bent/misshaped trees unsuitable for timber are generally those used to make newsprint.
Australian made newsprint makes up most of what we use. It has a recycled fibre content being around 20%. The remainder is from pine timber grown using third-party sustainable forest management systems. It means that all of our newsprint is recoverable and recyclable; and re-usable in a range of applications including the coating on plaster sheeting for housing and construction, feedstock for industries producing egg cartons and home insulation, and hydro mulching to provide a bed for seeds to germinate.