The chairman and chief executive of News Limited, John Hartigan, has announced that News Limited had become carbon-neutral and was on track to achieving its goal of reducing emissions by 20 per cent.
Mr Hartigan said News Limited had achieved emissions reductions of 18.4 per cent since launching its company-wide energy reduction plan, “One Degree”, in June 2007.
Efficiency measures introduced over the past three years had reduced carbon emissions by 8.4 per cent from 146,166 tonnes of carbon dioxide to 134,880 tonnes, with an additional 10 per cent reduction coming from renewable energy certificates.
Agressive targets were set to cut carbon emissions across every part of the organisation. 179 carbon reduction projects were identified and implemented to every part of the organisaiton. As a result, 30 per cent of vehicle fleet emissions has been cut through the use of hybrid vehicles, business travel is down by 22 per cent through the use of video conferencing and significant investment has been made into more energy-efficient equipment.”
Staff efforts across the company’s metropolitan, regional and community mastheads include recycling more, powering down computers at day’s end and turning off lights.
All measures have contributed to reducing the company’s carbon footprint.
The 20 per cent goal was expected to be reached when figures become available for the end of 2010. “One Degree is proof that small changes can add up to big difference,” Mr Hartigan said.