Sustainability: achieving carbon neutrality

Family charging electric vehicle car
Family charging electric vehicle car

The NRMA has become Australia's first motoring body to be Climate Active certified, building on its commitment to becoming one of the nation's leading environmentally-conscious and sustainable organisations.

Australia’s largest member-owned organisation received the certification from Climate Active for achieving net-zero carbon emissions across its membership and motoring operations.

What is Climate Active certification?

Awarded to Australian businesses that have reduced their carbon emissions to zero (also known as carbon-neutrality or net-zero carbon emissions), Climate Active certification is considered one of the most rigorous and credible carbon neutrality certifications available.

The Australian Government-backed climate action program seeks to create a collective network of like-minded climate leaders. Climate Active helps businesses, governments and communities reduce their carbon emissions through voluntary organisational change.

NRMA's certification applies to the operations of its motoring and membership operations and does not include NRMA's Transport and Tourism businesses (Marine, Car Rentals, Holiday Parks and Resorts) or its investment portfolio.

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How NRMA achieved net-zero emissions

The NRMA achieved net-zero emissions by making changes to its operational approaches, investing in new technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and by in purchasing carbon offsets.

Carbon offset units are generated from activities that prevent, reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere. When the offsets purchased by an organisation equal the emissions produced, they are carbon neutral.

Some of the initiatives invested in include:

  • Renewable energy to the area of Chitradurga, Karnataka (India), which will help reduce fossil fuel dominated power generation and reduce global GHG emissions. This project is also a significant source of employment and educational opportunities for the local community
  • Following the devastating bushfires in Australia in recent years, we have also invested in local Australian Biodiversity Units (ABUs). This program is helping to regenerate Australia’s ecosystem and improve biodiversity following the 2019–2020 bushfires by protecting several endangered species including the Brush-tailed Phascogale. It is protected under a ‘Trust for Nature’ covenant in perpetuity and the site is predominantly made up of Grassy Dry Forest and Healthy Dry Forest.

Looking to the future

Climate Active certification marks a significant milestone for the NRMA, and we are committed to continuing to evolve our operations to reduce our carbon footprint and leading meaningful change. The NRMA is committed to developing a Sustainability Strategy with a detailed emission reduction roadmap for the next decade for the entire Group.

Since 2010, the NRMA has set annual targets to reduce its carbon emissions with a focus on energy efficiency actions in delivering both cost savings and environmental benefits. We’ve also invested $10 million into an electric vehicle fast charging network powered by 100% renewable energy.

The NRMA EV Fast Charging network is the largest regional network in Australia and is delivered in partnership with local communities.

Employing new, fit-for-purpose patrol vans which are less carbon intensive is becoming a priority for the NRMA, as is converting the current patrol vehicles to use LPG and growing the number of electric vehicles in the corporate fleet.