Last year, we pledged to become carbon neutral and we’ve done it. ARM has officially been certified a NoCO2 business.
It’s been just over a year since we joined with architects from around Australia to declare a climate emergency.
As a founding signatory to Australian Architects Declare, we recognised the need for a collective shift in how we envision and create sustainable buildings, cities and infrastructure. We couldn’t do this without first getting our own house in order.
We committed to following a three-step process toward carbon neutrality:
Step 1 was switching to 100% certified Green Power by the end of January 2020. Done.
Step 2 was a carbon audit by 30th June. Done.
Step 3 was achieving total carbon neutrality by 30th December. Done!
Steps two and three involved commissioning a carbon audit from the Carbon Reduction Institute to assess our carbon footprint and help us identify strategies to reduce it. The report indicated that most of our C02 output comes from three things: flights, electricity, and cost of services.
Using the report, we identified clear pathways for making sustainable changes. Through the NoC02 program, we have committed to two carbon offset projects to counter the unavoidable emissions we incur.
We chose our carbon offset programs conscientiously, after thoroughly considering a range of environmental and socio-cultural factors.