In order to meet our commitment to minimise our effect on the environment, we focus on three core principles:
Calculate carbon – calculating how much carbon our activities contribute to the environment
Reduce & avoid carbon – we seek technologies, actions and activities that reduce and/or avoid contributing to our carbon footprint
Offset carbon – where unavoidable, we contribute to activities and technologies that offset our carbon emissions.
We use a certified third-party service that is a signatory to the Australian Carbon Industry Code of Conduct to calculate our carbon emissions. The process involves reviewing our carbon use each end of financial year considering emissions from a range of activities including;
Electricity & Gas
Food & Drink
The team at Revium have taken a number of positive steps to ensure we reduce our carbon footprint, including;
Monitoring energy usage and seeking to minimise it wherever possible
Reducing waste outputs in our office
Moving to a hybrid policy meaning less travel to and from the office for staff and a reduced office footprint
Putting in place new tools and technologies that minimise energy consumption
Using blinds to manage temperature in sun-exposed office spaces
Using air-conditioning and heating only when certain temperatures are met using automated systems
Ensuring all non-essential computer hardware is turned off
Moving to cloud based servers that are more efficient
Moving to become a paperless office
Educating our staff, clients and suppliers on ways to reduce energy and waste.
As it is almost impossible to avoid carbon emissions entirely, these are balanced by purchasing carbon offsets so that we can achieve carbon neutrality.
We purchase our carbon offsets through Ecologi which only supports projects that adhere to certified Gold Standards. Through this partnership we are able to fund global climate crisis solutions and plant our very own Revium forest – you can take a look at the positive impact we have made so far via our climate profile here.
Through purchasing carbon offsets, we are able contribute to various reforestation and environmental projects around the world including:
Planting trees on our company’s behalf
Protecting the rainforest
Wind energy generation
Clean energy through hydro power
Solar power initiatives
Some businesses use a third-party provider to calculate their carbon usage and to then "certify" that their business is carbon neutral.
Revium considered this option but ultimately decided to opt out.
We believe that using the Australian Carbon Industry Code of Conduct to calculate our emissions and offset these emissions using certified Gold Standards meets our aim of being a carbon neutral business, which is ultimately what this is all about. We don't need a costly badge just to prove it.
Instead each year we publicly publish our carbon usage calculations and our carbon offset purchases:
To offset any risk of an error in our own assessment process we purchase much more carbon offsets than we need to - because we figure its better to spend the money on those initiatives rather than paying for a pretty certificate (along with all the additional carbon emissions a formal third party assessment would produce).