With the WPH management buyout complete, we turned our thoughts towards “what next for the business?” The normal things came up – expansion, improvement, diversification – but in addition another good question was raised. “How can WPH be more responsible as a company?” And it’s a great question that’s really relevant in our sector today. Corporate responsibility encompasses many different areas, and includes amongst other important things a responsibility to the environment and accountability for the impact our business has on it. It is the expectation of our shareholders, our clients and the community in general that we do our bit to reduce emissions and offset those that we cannot – and so our journey began.
With the assistance of Carbon Neutral, WPH had our carbon footprint measured and a report produced to show us what our impact on the environment was from an emissions perspective. With this information in hand we were able to focus our attention on reductions and have started investigating ways to reduce our highest impact areas such as Diesel and Power use , and look at what we can do to offset our impact in the meantime. WPH have settled on an Australian based certified carbon offset program, specifically biodiverse reforestation projects in the south west of Western Australia, and we are pleased to advise that our measured carbon emissions for 2020 have been fully offset by investment in this project.
Our commitment to our stakeholders is to continue to monitor our environmental impact and offset any carbon produced with similar programs in the future.
But this is just phase one of our journey. We realise that the use of our machinery by others also has an impact, and we wanted to give our clients an opportunity to offset their footprint on their projects as well. As a result we will soon be offering an option to offset carbon emissions included in the hourly hire rate for a machine. Stay tuned for more information on how this works, or get in contact if you’d like to discuss further in the meantime.