Carbon offsetting for immediate impact
We are taking immediate steps to address our current level of emissions through offset purchases. We recognise purchasing offsets is not a final solution, but rather an interim action that offers immediacy while we advance our broader reduction goals. All carbon emissions resulting from our operations and business travel in FY2020 were offset through the purchase of third party-verified carbon credits. We intend to do the same for subsequent financial periods. We are also evolving our approaches for addressing residual carbon emissions incurred within our value chain and will continue to explore options that align with our strategy.
Buildings purpose-built for sustainability
Our commitment to a more sustainable future for our people, community and planet is evidenced by our emphasis on building high-performing green buildings which have meaningful potential to influence climate change. They are also better for our people.
Our new buildings in Johannesburg and Cape Town were designed with environmental sustainability in mind. The Waterfall office in Johannesburg is the first building in South Africa to receive a Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) v4 rating from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The building’s energy performance is optimised with solar panels, renewable backup power, and enhanced ventilation to reduce electricity usage from air-conditioners. Other features include blinds that track the sun and a rainwater harvesting system. Grey water obtained from harvested rainfall or sump water was used for 84% of all water consumed throughout the office, as well as for the exterior landscaping, over the past year. Recycling stations are accessible throughout the building and a secondary level of sorting continues in the basement to minimise what eventually goes to landfills. For the past financial year 86% of our waste was recycled.