Carbon emissions are the biggest impact News Limited has on the environment. That’s why we started 1 Degree in 2007 with a singular commitment to reduce our carbon footprint by 20% by 2010.
In the year to June 2006, News Limited’s carbon footprint was 147,133 tonnes of carbon dioxide (or carbon dioxide equivalents). To June 2011, our annual emissions were 131,875 tCO2e.
We have audited over 86% of operations, identifying 206 carbon reduction projects to change how we approach everything we do. By investing in energy efficiency measures across our business, we have also saved money by using less energy. It all makes good business sense.
1 Degree has become part of the way we do business, and that will continue.
1 Degree is proof that many small changes can add up to a big difference.
Between 2007-11, 152 energy efficiency opportunities having their main focus on energy savings, have been identified and assessed across News Limited.
We have implemented 70 of these opportunities and have started work on a further 14. The total energy being saved by these projects is 64,413 GJ per year.
Another 16 projects will be implemented, adding another 7,662 GJ of emission savings when they are completed. A total of 23 projects are under further investigation, which could potentially save an additional 12,857 GJ.
There are also the small changes that everyone is making every day. Our people are recycling more, powering-down their computers at the end of the day, turning off the lights, removing styrofoam cups and using more efficient transport.
Our focus is on reducing our carbon footprint through increased efficiency measures, but sometimes what we can do ourselves is not enough.
News Limited supports the development of clean energy through the purchase of GoldPower™ renewable energy certificates representing 5% of our total FY2011 emissions. GoldPower™ renewable energy projects are accredited to The Gold Standard, which is the highest standard globally for carbon and community benefits. With 10% GoldPower™, News Limited met its 2010 commitment to achieve half of its 20% emissions reduction target with renewable energy.