Uniting Communities in South Australia commits to net zero target by 2035
Uniting Communities has today ramped up its commitment to the environment by announcing its intention to become a net zero organisation by 2035. The organisation is leading the way on climate change action and challenges other local companies to follow.
The announcement was made on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 as they celebrated their 10-year journey towards a sustainable future. The organisation has led the charge in South Australia as the first organisation certified carbon neutral and the achievement of 6 Star Green Star ratings for their U City development in the Adelaide CBD.
Since 2010, Uniting Communities has reduced their emissions by over 30%, resulting in savings of over $1.5 million, and their sights are set on even greater levels of sustainability.
Uniting Communities recognised this significant milestone and announced their net zero goal at their first certified carbon neutral event – ‘Driving a Sustainable Future’ held at U City. The event brought together leaders from government, industry, and the private sector to share their commitment to sustainable practices and advocate for action against climate change.
Uniting Communities’ Chief Executive, Simon Schrapel says the event was a chance to highlight the organisation’s achievements since becoming carbon neutral in 2015, but more importantly to commit to further action by announcing this historic first for a South Australian company.
“We are committed to addressing the effects of climate change particularly in support of the vulnerable and disadvantaged people and communities we serve, who are least likely to have the resources to respond to its adverse effects,” he says.
“We are proud to be pushing the boundaries when it comes to reducing carbon emissions and our actions have demonstrated what can be achieved locally to address global challenges.
“We urge other organisations to make a pledge to achieve their own carbon reduction targets for the future of our community, our State and our planet. In light of the UN Panel on Climate Change report released earlier this week, the urgency for us all to act and play our part is becoming increasingly acute. Charities and social service agencies like Uniting Communities have a vital part to play too in not only advocating for climate change action – but taking responsibility through our own actions and behaviours. Our sector is a significant contributor to the Australian economy, and it is upon all of us big, small, private or NGO, to take action and to start now.”