Arinex marks Australian first with carbon neutral certification

Arinex has become the first Australian event management company to gain carbon neutral certification.

The carbon neutral certification by Climate Active is awarded to businesses and organisations that have achieved a state of net zero emissions, otherwise known as carbon neutrality.

Arinex managing director Nicole Walker said carbon neutral certification was part of a long-term commitment to reducing the footprint of the events.

“We are acutely aware that this certification is only one step in our sustainability story – it’s not the be-all, end-all,” she said.

“The important thing is to follow through with this for every event that we manage and to assist our clients in reducing the carbon footprints of their events while showing them they need not compromise on anything.”

Arinex introduced a Sustainability Policy in 2019 as well as signing up for the IAPCO Plastics Pledge, pledging to drastically reduce the amount of plastic used at events.

The company also joined more than 310 event industry stakeholders from 48 countries to sign the Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge launched during the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Arinex has followed this up by recently banning all printed business cards for staff and making the switch to paper-free ‘tap and go’ cards from sustainability start-up Tapt.

It also follows the Sydney office’s move to a new, greener building on Market Street, which has a 5-star Nabers energy rating and 4-star Nabers water rating. Desk rubbish bins have also been banned as part of a move to encourage recycling and reduction of waste.

“The rise of virtual events in the past two years has had a positive impact on the environment,” Walker said.

“However, with the return of physical events it is even more pertinent to implement strategies that help to reduce, or ideally offset, the footprint.

“We look forward to empowering our clients to make their inspiring experiences sustainable so that we can take action on climate change together.”