Jacobsen are committed to their value 'Create Positive Impact' by focusing on our people, community and the environment.
To reinforce this value, Jacobsen joined the Toitu carbonreduce certification programme (previously Enviromark's CEMARS programme) and achieved certification in June 2019.
The Toitu carbonreduce certification encourages businesses to measure and reduce the greenhouse gas footprint of their business, product or service. The programme provides independent auditing to verify the results are accurate and complete, providing proof that we are taking action.
Being a part of this certification is important to Jacobsen as climate change is one of the biggest environmental threats our world faces and as a business, we can have an influence and do our part to protect the environment for future generations.
In the financial year of 2018-2019 Jacobsen's total gross emissions were 2,562 tonnes of CO2 emissions which includes scope 1, 2 and mandatory scope 3. Scope 1 are direct emissions from our owned or controlled sources (such as our vehicle fleet), Scope 2 are indirect emissions from our energy consumption, and Scope 3 are all indirect emissions that occur in us doing business, e.g. freight of our products and then the freight out to our customers.
Credibly measuring emissions is an important first step to inform where we should focus, but the most important goal is to reduce our emissions and set targets to hold us to account.
Jacobsen carbon reduction goals, set in-line with science-based targets are:
- 50% reduction in absolute emissions from combined scope 1 and 2 by 2030, from the base year of 2019
- 30% reduction in emissions from combined scope 1, 2 and 3 per $million revenue by 2030, from the base year of 2019
One reduction project that has already been implemented is the transition to LED lighting in our new office space. All office lights were upgraded to LED, which uses approximately 75% less energy than traditional lighting. This energy falls under the Scope 2 emissions category.