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 our commitment to becoming one of the nation's leading environmentally-conscious and sustainable organisations.

We received the certification from Climate Active across our membership and motoring operations. This is an important step, the first of many on our journey to becoming a more sustainable organisation. It’s a path made possible by the continued support of your Membership, so we thank you. 

What is Climate Active certification?

Climate Active certification is awarded to organisations which are carbon neutral. The Australian Government-backed climate action program seeks to create a collective network of like-minded climate leaders.

Businesses, governments and communities looking to reduce their carbon emissions can identify organisations which are carbon neutral by the Climate Active trademark. Climate Active certification is considered one of the most rigorous and credible carbon neutrality certifications available.

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 carbon neutrality

The first step in Climate Active certification was reducing the NRMA’s GHG emissions through new technology and operational changes.  Then the remaining GHG emissions were offset by purchasing an equivalent number of carbon credits, so that net emissions were neutral.

Carbon offset credits are generated from activities that prevent, reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere. The NRMA invested in offsets from a renewable energy project in the area of Chitradurga, Karnataka (India), which will reduce fossil fuel-dominated power generation help 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.

NRMA Motoring and Membership has been reducing its GHG emissions since 2010 with a focus on energy efficiency in delivering both cost savings and environmental benefits. We’ve also invested $10 million into an electric vehicle fast charging network powered by renewable electricity.

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 increasing the number of electric vehicles in the corporate fleet.