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CPA : CPA Sustainability Report 2009
12 | CPA Australia Sustainability Report 2009 Our relationships continued Most electricity emissions from Australian offices are either steady or reducing. A Scope 2 emissions comparison for our offices outside Australia is shown below. Scope 3 emissions data is not available for these. Historically, it can be seen that most offices had either an approximately stable or reducing output in 2006-2007. In 2008 many of the offices increased their electricity consumption but in 2009 almost all reduced their electricity emissions. Electricity is the primary source of our energy use. In 2008, we were unable to attain accurate volumes of electricity usage so indicative volumes based on historical data were calculated. Reporting was also done prior to the end of the year, and these two actions resulted in our overestimating volume in 2008. To overcome some of these issues in 2009, we implemented a better reporting procedure to gain transparency of usage. In 2009 the volumes are a more accurate reflection of actual usage, although reporting was still done prior to the end of the year, meaning some estimation of final volume was necessary. We are pleased that total consumption in 2009 is showing a downward trend, which we seek to continue through, for example, investment in more energy-efficient appliances and exhorting staff to continue closing blinds on hot days. Travel continues to be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions calculated from staff and member travel for work and for commuting. Significant reductions have been achieved, with the best yearly improvement being in 2009, especially in air travel. However, ground travel emissions have increased in the last two years, with 2009 experiencing the largest growth since we began monitoring these, and we are investigating the reasons for this so that we can take appropriate action. Embodied emissions in our supply chain Embodied emissions -- the emissions which result from the production of goods and services consumed by CPA Australia -- are determined through examination of our profit and loss statements. Although CPA Australia increased expenditure in a number of areas including education, printing and communication, it decreased expenditure in other areas, with the result that the increase in emissions compared with 2008 was less than 1,000 tCO2e. Applying our sustainability principles One of the key challenges in seeking to make changes to internal practices related to catering, travel, printing and electricity usage is that practices vary significantly across all office sites and this challenge is being addressed issue by issue, site by site. Several initiatives were taken to reduce our carbon footprint during the year. These include + making sustainability one of the key evaluation criteria in all tenders managed by our procurement staff and part of regular supplier meetings + entering into a national contract for supplying electricity to our offices in Australia and purchasing 10% as green power as a result of cost savings achieved through the new supplier agreement - across the two-year contract period this equates to 219 tonnes of CO2 EN17 Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight (scope 3 emissions) Emission Source Emissions (tC02e/year) 2006 2007 2008 2009 Ground travel 405.07 321.31 360.22 409.46 Flights 2,633.28 6,513.59 4,084.90 1,915.23 Assets 1,340.60 1,488.47 1,470.35 4,404.97 Expenditure 9,997.69 13,574.00 13,636.31 14,706.74 Waste 38.29 611.75 73.13 39.00 Total 14,414.93 22,509.12 19,624.91 21,475.40 Electricity emissions comparison between international offices Malaysia Hong Kong Bejing New Zealand Singapore United Kingdom 100 80 60 40 20 ANNUAL EMISSIONS (tCO2e/YR) SOURCE OF EMISSIONS 2006 2007 2008 2009 EN4 Indirect energy consumption by primary energy source Australia Singapore China Other Malaysia 2,000,000 1,500,000 1,000,000 500,000 ENERGY USEAGE (kWh) SOURCE OF EMISSIONS 2006 2007 2008 2009