EPA’s environmental performance

Offsets and reduction measures


Offsets

In order to achieve carbon neutrality EPA purchases carbon offsets to an amount that results in zero net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  EPA’s selection of carbon offsets is guided by the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) (Department of Environment and Energy), specifically Appendix A. Only eligible offsets outlined in the NCOS are purchased and retired in fulfilment of EPA’s carbon neutrality commitment. Criteria includes:

  • Accreditation, methodology and additionality – preference to standards with rigorous processes for ensuring credibility of carbon offsets
  • Ownership and retirement – preference to suppliers with a robust registration and ownership process
  • Vintage – preference to carbon offsets that have occurred most recently
  • Co-benefits – preference to offsets with environmental, social and economic outcomes aligned with EPA’s priorities
  • Location – where Australian offsets were not available or did not meet other EPA requirements, offsets from countries where Australia has had ongoing international cooperation

In addition to the above criteria EPA also considers the value for money of potential offsets.

Reduction measures

EPA undertakes initiatives to directly reduce its GHG emissions. Initiatives that directly reduce emissions sources in EPA’s inventory are automatically reflected in activity data. EPA achieves emissions reductions through annual reduction targets supported by initiatives to improve operational efficiency, and business and employee behaviors.

Page last updated on 24 Aug 2017