Tasmania's Lark Distilling Co has been recognised as Australia’s first carbon neutral distillery, with its operations having no net negative impact on the climate.
Lark achieved the certification under the Australian Government’s Climate Active Program, which is awarded to companies that can prove they have credibly reached zero net emissions.
Lark managing director Geoff Bainbridge said the certification was a milestone for the distillery, established in 1992 by Bill Lark.
“We are committed to improving our work practices to ensure we take as little from the earth as we possibly can during a time of unprecedented concern for the future of our planet and I would urgently encourage all participants in the alcohol industry to participate and become certified Climate Active,” Bainbridge said.
Achieving carbon neutral certification requires an independent audit by a registered auditor and the Australian Government, and all eligible businesses must meet the requirements of the Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard by:
- calculating the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their activity, such as fuel or electricity use and travel;
- reducing these emissions as much as possible by investing in new technology or changing the way they operate; and
- offsetting any remaining emissions by purchasing carbon offset units.
Lark Distilling Co. joins Qantas, Telstra, Aesop, AGL, ANZ, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac in becoming carbon neutral certified by Climate Active.
More information on Climate Active is here.