News Ltd goes carbon neutral

Australia’s biggest publisher News Ltd has announced that the company has become carbon neutral.  

It follows the launch of the company’s “One degree” program in 2007 in which it sought to reduce its energy emissions.

The company said that it reduced its emissions by 18.4% in the 2010 financial year and that it believed that an audit would demonstrate that it had got that number to 20% by the end of last month.

It said that its carbon emissions had dropped from 146,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to 135,000 tonnes. It also achieved10% of the reduction by the purchase of renewable energy certificates which are issued against the purchase of renewable power – in News Ltd’s case, via wind farms in turkey.

News Ltd CEO John Hartigan said: “We have cut almost 30% of vehicle fleet emissions, business travel is down by 22% through the use of video conferencing and we have invested in more energy-efficient equipment to reduce emissions from lighting, cooling and printing.

“Staff efforts to recycle more, power-down their computers at the end of the day and turn off the lights have all contributed to reducing our carbon footprint.

“One Degree has become part of the way we do business, and that will continue. We are saving money by using less energy; it’s an issue our employees are interested in; and it’s an issue our readers continue to want debated.”


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