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Autex Acoustics have aligned their sustainability goals with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, identifying six of which that connect specifically to their strategy – the first of these goals is climate action.
To take action on their commitment to fighting climate change, they actively monitor their carbon emissions and have committed to being a net-zero carbon organisation. In 2017 the company began carbon accounting for their core manufacturing facility in New Zealand, however, as their operational footprint is global, they decided to extend the scope of their carbon accounting efforts to all global operations in 2019. Autex Acoustics current GHG emission profile is 8,955 tCO2e—the equivalent annual emissions of 1,767 passenger vehicles (source: EPA GHG Calculator). Now that they have baseline data of their global carbon footprint, they are working across the business to establish carbon reduction plans to help further reduce their carbon emissions in the future.
Alongside monitoring their emissions, Autex Acoustics Carbon Neutral Product Initiative assesses the carbon emissions generated by the supply, manufacture and delivery of their products, and offsets them through the purchase of certified carbon credits.
Using carbon data calculated by independent experts, Autex invest in third-party certified carbon credits generated by the Clean Development Mechanism. This enables them to financially support a variety of climate change projects and contribute to the reduction and removal of emissions now, while continuing to develop sustainable business practices that will reduce their carbon emissions in the future.
The initiative also gives them the opportunity to work directly with customers to lower the environmental impact of their projects. Working on a project-by-project basis, the Autex Acoustics team identifies the carbon footprint and neutralises the impact through the acquisition of credits. To give their customers assurance that the calculations and carbon credit process of carbon neutral claims are honest and accurate, their calculator is audited and verified by independent experts. This verification is conducted by EKOS Kamahi Ltd who ensure the quality and accuracy of the calculation, including the offsetting and retiring of carbon credits on the appropriate registry. On completion, a certificate of carbon neutrality is generated to verify the project’s green credentials.
Autex Acoustics are the first business in the industry to include the cost of carbon in their products, which gives them the unique opportunity to educate and lead a transition to a lower carbon building industry. They believe that the global building industry can no longer afford to ignore the impact it has on the environment, so they hope that their actions, and those of other leaders in the architecture and design community, inspire their peers to take similar steps towards reducing their carbon emissions.
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