John Holland raises the bar for the construction industry - by carbon offsetting all flights

John Holland has demonstrated its sustainability credentials by becoming the first construction company to join the Qantas Future Planet program - offsetting carbon emissions from all flights taken by the business.

Qantas Future Planet partners with businesses to reduce their environmental impact through carbon offsetting and investment in projects such as the protection of wildlife habitats and rainforest preservation. Over the last ten years the program has offset more than three million tonnes of carbon emissions - the equivalent of taking one point one million cars off the road.

Chief Executive Officer, Joe Barr, said the environmental impact of air travel is a challenge facing all national businesses.

“Our operations span Australia and South-East Asia, and with our list of projects growing, this naturally results in travel between offices and projects,” Mr Barr said.

“We have a responsibility to look at the environmental and social impact of our operations and are proud to play a role in building a healthier future for our planet.

“John Holland is looking forward to partnering with Qantas to ensure all our flights are offset and our chosen offset projects are delivering environmental benefits, as well as social and cultural change around the country. 

“Our involvement with Qantas Future Planet is just part of our innovative approach to sustainability. For example, our NorthLink WA team recently achieved the second highest Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) rating in Australia for its sustainability initiatives, with an outstanding rating of 93 out of 100.”

Through the partnership, John Holland is proudly investing in a range of Australian carbon offset projects, including:

• Indigenous fire management programs in the North Kimberley and Arnhem Land.
• Protecting Tanbar Native Forest in Western New South Wales.
• Conserving native Tasmanian wilderness.