24 Jun
Forging carbon neutral pathways

Forging carbon neutral pathways

In a nation where climate change is a hot topic and actions speak louder than words, Workpower is proud to be forging partnerships to assist customers to offset carbon and achieve a carbon neutral status.

Gingin-based bulk water supplier, Peak Environmental, wanted to extend its protection of the environment with its business operations, beyond its management of superficial aquifers, into becoming carbon neutral.

The organisation understood that through its emissions it was contributing to climate change and wanted to understand its footprint and be part of the solution by reducing the impact of its activities.

Working with both Decarbonology and Peak Environmental, Workpower’s Environmental Team planted 28,000 seedlings across 1,000 acres of farm across a short two-month timefame, allowing Peak Environmental to trade carbon credits.

Workpower’s General Manager Alex Growden said the project showcased how partnerships between local businesses can result in great environmental outcomes.

“Together with Decarbonology, we were able to ensure the project met the carbon offset requirements to bring Peak Environmental to a carbon neutral status,” Alex said.

“It demonstrates that while climate change is a global issue, we can do our part on a local business level to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure businesses are performing in an environmentally responsible way.”

Peak Environmental Owner, Michelle Rhodes, said that the project was key to ensuring they were protecting the environment.

“It’s our view that we all have to adapt and do our bit to turns things around with climate change and so we’re doing our bit through transitioning to climate neutrality and be part of a sustainable economy,” said Michelle.

“To achieve this we worked very closely with Decarbonology across three key steps – calculating our carbon footprint, minimising emissions and then certification.”

“We’ve worked with Workpower for more than two decades and knew we could rely on them for the planting to help us minimise our emissions.”

In a project that has benefits that go above the environment, Workpower was responsible for providing the plant stock and labour.

The majority of seedlings were propagated at Workpower’s nursery, which employs 22 people with disability, in the lead up to planting. Additional seedlings were sourced from other local nurseries to assist with the short planting window.

Site works, weed control, post maintenance works were all completed by Workpower’s experienced Environmental Technicians who continue to complete infill planting and maintenance when required.

The project has had many benefits including the restoration of land in the Wheatbelt, supporting existing Banksia Woodland and Black Cockatoo habitat on the property, improving carbon in the soil and supporting the local water cycle.

About Workpower’s Environmental Team

Established in 2004, Workpower’s Environmental Team has become a well-known specialist in land management and environmental rehabilitation.

Working in partnership with Decarbonology, it has also extended its expertise into carbon offset projects, providing the labour and supplies for land preparation and planting.

Workpower’s Environmental Team has invested in new equipment to assist with future carbon offset projects across Western Australia.