Trucks cruise in neutral
A TRUCKING company from North Dubbo in NSW is the first officially certified carbon neutral bulk haulage company on the planet.
Not only is it slashing the amount of CO2 its trucks emit, Transforce Bulk Haulage is voluntarily paying a carbon tax to cover the emissions that it has yet to reduce.
Owner Steve Fieldus has just completed the last requirements for certification under the National Carbon Offset Standard, a voluntary program run by Low Carbon Australia, a Commonwealth Government agency.
Louisa Kiely, from Carbon Farmers of Australia (CFA), managed the process.
"First we had to measure the company's carbon footprint, then Steve decided how much of his emissions he could eliminate in the first year," she said.
"This left a gap that we couldn't fill with savings this coming year. So Steve purchased offsets on the voluntary market."
In this case, he contributed to a project for farmers in Africa.
"I wanted to buy offsets from Australian farmers - especially soil carbon offsets - but they aren't available yet.
"Hopefully next year," Mr Fieldus said.
"A lot of my customers are farmers and we want to support them because we believe that they can make a huge impact on global warming."
Mr Fieldus was inspired by attending the annual carbon farming conference and the vision put forward by CFA, a farmer-led organisation that believes those leading scientists who say that massive increases in photosynthesis on the world's farmland can stall global warming long enough for the world to make the shift to low carbon energy sources.
Many transport companies have gone some way towards neutralising their carbon emissions, particularly in Europe, but no bulk haulage company is reported to have achieved it yet with their entire operation.
Mr Fieldus, who is making a presentation at this year's carbon farming conference in Dubbo on October 23-24, is convinced the world will be a safer place for his four children and grandchildren if other companies follow his lead.
"It's a win/ win for our customers, for our business and for the kids of the future," he said.