Drinks firm to reduce carbon footprint

April 18th, 20123:32 am @


Drinks firm to reduce carbon footprint

A Bundaberg business will trial a new carbon offset project, said to be the first of its kind in Queensland.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks has collaborated with CO2 Australia to reduce its carbon footprint by planting trees on a property in Moura, 300 kilometres west of Bundaberg.

Company CEO John McLean says the cost of planting the trees comes from company profits but the long-term benefit makes it worthwhile.

“It’s not a big deal at the end of the day because it’s something we believe in,” he said.

“We’re here for our grandkids and our kids, I don’t have grandkids yet but I know my kids are very keen about coming into the business and we need to make it sustainable.

“So we talked about it at our board level and as a board it was a very simple decision to be a part of that test, to be the first team in Queensland to say with CO2 Australia, we want to partner up.”

Mr McLean says the company was determined to keep the project within Queensland.

“When they approached us and said would you like to be a part of this we said absolutely but we would like to have the trees in our local environment,” he said.

“Moura is not too far away, it gives us a chance not to have to go to Melbourne or go into Victoria or Western Australia.

“Queensland has got a lot of rural properties out there, we can do a little bit to try and offset some of our carbon.”

Article source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-18/drinks-firm-to-reduce-carbon-footprint/3957944/?site=widebay&section=news