The City of Sydney launched its C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Program in May, with Mayor Clover Moore stating “Climate action is the City of Sydney’s top priority”, as reflected in the City’s 2030 Strategy and Climate Emergency declaration.
Ahead of the Global Climate Strike called for 20 September, the program’s 20 mentees are taking this opportunity to share the vision for each of their projects, and their view on climate activism. The outcomes of their projects will be presented at the global Women4Climate Conference in Sydney in April 2020.
Marine Calmettes is a Sustainability Manager, Corporate and Investment Property at Frasers Property Australia.
Zero carbon by 2028!
As one of Australia's leading diversified property groups, our ambition is to be zero carbon by 2028 across all areas of our business, and across all scope of emissions.
I am currently leading a company-wide target to be zero carbon by 2028 with a roadmap established in line with Science Based Target.
Our roadmap has recently been approved by Science Based Target, meaning that our target ‘to be zero carbon in development and operation by 2028’, and our approach to get there, is aligned with the latest climate science and has been assessed against a rigorous and globally recognised framework, to align with the 2 degree temperature target set by the Paris Climate Agreement.
Under the approved targets, we have committed to reduce scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 50% per square metre, and scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 25% per square metre, by 2028. This latter target is particularly ambitious as scope 3 emissions represent 98% of our carbon footprint.
We have committed our business to a zero carbon future and recognise that as a property developer and property manager of assets, we have a critical role to play in influencing design and engaging with our tenants in limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CITIES
Globally, the building industry is seen as a key sector for rapid decarbonisation. Achieving a 1.5°C target will require the built environment to significantly decarbonise earlier than most sectors in the economy.
In Australia, the built environment represents one of the largest sectors of our country’s emissions (at 23%). When we look at buildings, specifically, we can see that the bulk of these emissions come from the residential sector, followed by the retail and office sector. The sectors Frasers Property Australia operate within – residential, retail, office and industrial – contribute to 84% of all emissions from the built environment. This is a significant percentage, but we can tackle it. Evolving the way we design, build and operate will have a major impact on Australia’s carbon emissions.
MY SUPPORT FOR THE GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE
“The climate crisis offers us the chance to experience what very few generations in history have had the privilege of knowing: a generational mission; the exhilaration of a compelling moral purpose; a shared and unifying cause; the thrill of being forced by circumstances to put aside the pettiness and conflict that so often stifle the restless human need for transcendence; the opportunity to rise. – Al Gore”
I will see you on the street on 20 September 2019 to stand with youth to demand climate actions.
“If not you, then who? If not now, then when?”
Frasers Property Australia – Horsley Drive Business Park, Australia’s first 6 Star Green Star rated industrial estate.