South Australian premier, Mike Rann, has signed an agreement to help reduce the state’s carbon emissions.
The agreement was penned with the Technology Industry Association (TIA) and is associated with the electronics and ICT industry. It aims to help technology companies reduce the amount of electronic devices in land-fill, reduce energy consumption, increase renewable energy and help develop new products that can assist customers with reducing their carbon footprint.
TIA CEO Steve Adcock said the agreement aimed to make the industry more aware of its carbon footprint.
“People have to understand what their carbon footprint is,” Adcock said. “It makes good business sense to decrease your carbon footprint. It’s also about creating a sustainable business.”
The SA government entered into the agreement in order to help achieve its targets in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent by 2050. It also wants to increase the amount of renewable electricity generated and used.
To help demonstrate the effectiveness of reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gases, the Business Sustainability Alliance will offer resources to five electronic businesses as a trial. They include eco-efficiency training modules, assistance with energy, water and waste audits, in-house support, assistance with monitoring and data collection as well as assist with implementing life cycle assessment.
It will also focus on product and process innovation, industry education and carbon emissions reporting and demonstration projects.
“We’ll recommend programs and templates for member organisations to adopt energy and greenhouse gas reporting,” Adcock said.
A steering committee will be formed that includes government representatives and the TIA’s existing Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee (ESAC) including companies like Sage, Innodev, ThinkClimate, Soniclean, 3C Consulting, Datanet, Aspitech and Podmo Mobile.