A greener News fleet

Well-cho­sen ve­hi­cles can help re­duce car­bon emis­sions, writes Neil Dowl­ing

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CRIT­I­CAL fleet ve­hi­cle se­lec­tion based on green­house emis­sions can make a world of dif­fer­ence — lit­er­ally.

Low­er­ing the ve­hi­cle emis­sions of its na­tional fleet has helped make News Limited a car­bon neu­tral com­pany.

The care­ful se­lec­tion of new fleet ve­hi­cles has, since News Limited em­barked on its One De­gree en­ergy ef­fi­ciency mis­sion in 2007, re­sulted in 24 per cent of new cars pur­chased emit­ting less than 150 grams of CO2 a kilo­me­tre.

In to­tal, the com­pany’s fleet is emit­ting al­most 30 per cent less CO2 com­pared with three years ago.

One De­gree demon­strates how en­ergy ef­fi­ciency — and in this case, the se­lec­tion of fleet ve­hi­cles — can make a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment.

But it doesn’t stop there. Chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of News Limited, John Har­ti­gan, says the com­pany is on track to achieve its goal of re­duc­ing its emis­sions by 20 per cent.

Low-emis­sion — and there­fore low fuel con­sump­tion — ve­hi­cles added to the fleet since 2007 in­clude the Aus­tralian-made Toy­ota Camry Hy­brid.

The fleet also has Toy­ota Prius Hy­brids, Honda Civic Hy­brids and diesel pas­sen­ger cars, in­clud­ing Hyundai i30 and Mazda6.

The trend to smaller, more ef­fi­cient cars is re­flected in new ad­di­tions, in­clud­ing the Ford Fi­esta and Golf — in diesel and petrol — mod­els.

News Limited man­ager, en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change, Dr Tony Wilkins, says it’s not only diesel and hy­brids that are re­duc­ing cor­po­rate emis­sions.

‘‘The Volk­swa­gen Golf TSI petrol sur­prised us with its 149g/km CO2 ,’’ he says.

‘‘That has helped bring down the fleet’s car­bon foot­print since 2007 by 24 per cent.’’

In to­tal, News Limited has re­duced its emis­sions by 18.4 per cent in 2009-2010 and is ex­pected to meet its 20 per cent goal in the 2010 cal­en­dar year, when fig­ures are re­leased.

Ef­fi­ciency mea­sures in­tro­duced dur­ing the past three years re­duced car­bon emis­sions by 8.4 per cent (from 146,166 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide to 134,880 tonnes) with an ad­di­tional 10 per cent re­duc­tion com­ing from re­new­able en­ergy cer­tifi­cates.

‘‘In June 2007 we launched One De­gree, set­ting ag­gres­sive tar­gets to cut car­bon emis­sions across ev­ery part of our op­er­a­tions,’’ Mr Har­ti­gan says.

‘‘We started with one idea and a sin­gu­lar com­mit­ment, au­dit­ing over 85 per cent of op­er­a­tions and iden­ti­fy­ing 179 car­bon re­duc­tion projects to change how we ap­proach ev­ery as­pect of our busi­ness.

‘‘As a re­sult we have cut al­most 30 per cent of ve­hi­cle fleet emis­sions, busi­ness travel is down by 22 per cent through the use of video con­fer­enc­ing and we have in­vested in more en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient equip­ment to re­duce emis­sions from light­ing, cool­ing and print­ing.’’

Mr Har­ti­gan says One De­gree proves small changes can make a big dif­fer­ence.

‘‘One De­gree has be­come part of the way we do busi­ness, and that will con­tinue,’’ he says.

‘‘We are sav­ing money by us­ing less en­ergy. It’s an is­sue our em­ploy­ees are in­ter­ested in and it’s an is­sue our read­ers con­tinue to want de­bated.’’

On tar­get: the 2010 Toy­ota Camry Hy­brid sedan is help­ing News Limited achieve its clean-air goals.

Tony Wilkins

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