Wanted Carbon Footprint Calculator for Businesses ACT

Labor MP Dr Marisa Paterson will ask the ACT government this week to develop a carbon footprint calculator for local businesses.

“There are many carbon calculators available for households and specific to Australian and ACT contexts,” said local Murrumbidgee member Dr Paterson. “Information is also available to help companies calculate their carbon footprint.

“However, there is no single, authoritative source of truth that local ACT businesses can rely on to help understand their energy costs and from which to implement improvements and upgrades.”

Dr Paterson wants the government to create the calculator through its participation in the Net Zero Emissions Policy Forum, established in November 2021. The ACT was a founding member along with South Australia and New South Wales.

“The ACT is committed to net zero emissions, and we have already transitioned to 100% renewable electricity,” noted Dr Paterson. “The ACT government is also committed to supporting local businesses.

“The development of an online carbon calculator is a win-win for both. It’s also a win for local businesses that want to reduce their carbon emissions and lower their financial operating costs.

Ruth Roxburgh, owner of Wiffens Premium Fruits and Vegetables, thinks the carbon footprint calculator is a good idea; she wants to make her business carbon neutral.

“I think this is both a moral and an economic imperative as consumers increasingly prioritize the environment when making consumption decisions,” she said. .

However, Ms Roxburgh said, federal or state governments have provided no clear path or direction for companies to do this, “just a lot of different companies offering their services locally and overseas.”

“Especially for small and medium-sized businesses, it’s a confusing space, and small and medium-sized businesses lack the capacity and time to calculate their carbon in-house or using consulting services.”

Ms Roxburgh believes that as a climate leader, the ACT Government could provide the calculator and recommend upgrades and improvements to help businesses like hers become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint and business costs.

“I believe many ACT companies want to do more to offset their environmental impact; they just need a little more help to do that,” Ms Roxburgh said. “The proposed carbon calculator will help us do just that and move ACT towards a more carbon-neutral future.”

Eleanor C. William