Arinex has become the first Australian event management company to gain carbon neutral certification.
The company says it is excited about the benefits for its clients, as certification will ultimately help reduce the footprint of the events it manages.
The carbon neutral certification by Climate Active, is awarded to businesses and organisations that have achieved a state of net zero emissions, otherwise known as carbon neutrality.
It comes as Arinex reports several new sustainable initiatives, all designed to help further reduce its footprint.
Arinex Managing Director Nicole Walker said carbon neutral certification was part of a long-term commitment.
“We are acutely aware that this certification is only one step in our sustainability story – it’s not the be-all and end-all. The important thing is to follow through with this for every event that we manage and to assist our clients in reducing the carbon footprints of their events while showing them they need not compromise on anything,” she said.
Arinex introduced a Sustainability Policy in 2019 as well as signing up for the IAPCO Plastics Pledge, pledging to drastically reduce the amount of plastic used at events.
The company has followed this up by recently banning all printed business cards for staff and making the switch to paper-free ‘tap and go’ cards from sustainability start-up Tapt.
It also follows the Sydney office’s move to a new, greener building on Market Street, which has a 5-star Nabers energy rating and 4-star Nabers water rating. Desk rubbish bins have also been banned as part of a move to encourage recycling and reduction of waste.
“Partnering with Arinex is one of the most affordable ways for clients to start reducing the carbon footprint of their events as the emissions from our activity as an event management company are already offset and go toward offsetting their event, significantly reducing the workload of emission calculations,” Ms Walker said.
“The rise of virtual events in the past two years has had a positive impact on the environment. However, with the return of physical events it is even more pertinent to implement strategies that help to reduce, or ideally offset, the footprint.
“We look forward to empowering our clients to make their inspiring experiences sustainable so that we can take action on climate change together.”
As part of its carbon neutral certification, Arinex is proud to invest in the following projects that deliver significant social and environmental outcomes by reducing or removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Arinex offsets support the following:
Greenfleet – Reforestation, Australia
Arinex offset 90.00 tonnes of CO2-e with Greenfleet. This support will help restore native forests and ecosystems, which provide crucial habitat for endangered wildlife, help counter the devastating impact of the bushfires and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Greenfleet will plant enough biodiverse native trees on behalf of Arinex to offset these emissions.
Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve Project, Indonesia
Arinex has offset 360 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions with the purchase and retirement of certified carbon credits.
Located in Borneo, the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve creates a protective buffer between destructive palm plantations in the region and the biodiverse-rich Tanjung Puting National Park – an important conservation area for the endangered Orangutan.
About Climate Active
Climate Active is Australia’s collective initiative for climate action. It is a partnership between the Australian Government and Australian businesses to drive voluntary climate action. Being carbon neutral means that an organisation has a carbon footprint equal to zero.