As part of the Positive Difference Plan, Officeworks is committed to reducing carbon emissions. Reducing energy usage and associated emissions helps to reduce Officeworks’ environmental impact, but also as energy costs rise, it is crucial to managing the cost of doing business.
During the 2019 financial year, Officeworks reduced carbon emissions by seven per cent year-on-year, primarily driven by the implementation of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) at 92 sites. These systems enable electrical equipment at each site, such as lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, to be centrally controlled and optimised based on store operating hours, reducing unnecessary energy. Throughout the 2019 financial year, BEMS were installed at a further 14 sites, and 10 sites retrofitted with LED lighting, with 99 per cent of stores now operating with energy-efficient lighting.
In addition, in order to reduce vehicle emissions, Officeworks transitioned all 53 of its Business Specialists vehicles to Toyota hybrids, which emit 53 per cent less carbon emissions than the previously used vehicles.
As energy-efficiency initiatives begin to mature, Officeworks is now looking to further reduce emissions through the role of renewable energy. During the year, Officeworks established long-term targets with the aim to reduce emissions by a further 25 per cent on 2018 financial year levels by 2025.