Sustainability Policy

1. Objective

Gigpiglet Productions is committed to minimising its own ecological footprint through its philosophy of committing to ‘measure, reduce, renew, and assess’. Gigpiglet Productions aims to pursue environmental best practice by increasing operational efficiency while minimising the impact of its office activities, as well as helping staff offset their personal emissions.

2. Process

Gigpiglet is committed to addressing climate change by significantly diminishing the need for power generated from fossil fuels and building capacity for clean renewable energy.

  1. Measure: Climate Friendly measures the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with our business by conducting a carbon footprint analysis. This provides us with a break-down of our overall greenhouse gas emissions and identifies where major reductions can occur
  2. Reduce: We look at ways we can reduce our carbon footprint emissions through energy and resource efficiency and other strategies. Reduction tips include:
    • Encouraging use of public transport by event attendees and carpooling by staff
    • Minimising the production of marketing and promotional material and printing on recycled stock where possible
    • Eliminating the use of “Jewel Case” CD covers
    • Promoting artist merchandise that is made in a sweatshop free, solar powered factory, with a portion of the proceeds from importing being donated to conservation.
    • Encouraging low-carbon communications (teleconferencing, avoiding unnecessary travel and flights, paperless/online resources, etc.)
    • Choosing sustainable businesses as event suppliers
    • Discouraging the use of bottled water and other energy intensive products
    • Re-using signage and other event advertising material
  3. Renew: Climate Friendly is an accredited supplier of Australian GreenPower and provides all of ourbusiness’s electricity needs from clean, renewable energy generated by Australian GreenPower projects
  4. Assess: We track our progress by measuring our footprint again from time to time.

3. Sustainability Policy

Gigpiglet Productions is taking a proactive, structured, yet simple approach to managing the impacts of its daily business operations with concern to its membership within a strata community. The key driver of this policy is to identify and address the elements of its business operations that will result in immediate positive change.

These elements are:

4.1 Office and Studio Operations

Equipment

  1. Review all office equipment (laptops, LCD monitors, refrigerator, printers, and multifunction devices) and ensure they meet higher energy-savings standards.
  2. Use of laptops over desktops due to their superior power management systems
  3. Set all computers desktop background to black/ dark colours for low-energy monitor consumption.
  4. Set all computers screen saver to blank and to be activated after 1 minute.
  5. Set ‘Blackle’ (powered by Google) as default search engine.
  6. Ensure all computers are default set to double-sided printing, or re-use single side printed material as note/scrap paper
  7. Shut down computers and turn off monitors before leaving the office at close of business.
  8. Turn off all other IT/ Studio equipment at the power outlet, at close of business.

Waste management

  1. Implement office-waste segregation.
  2. Recycle paper and waste.
  3. Compost food and organic waste.
  4. Minimise waste.
  5. Use of own cups and plates for take away coffee and food.
  6. Use of own water bottles for individual staff use.
  7. Practice Climate Friendly’s Top Tips for Working Sustainably.

Staff Travel

  1. Encourage tele/video conferencing in place of travel.
  2. Encourage SkypeTM calls for international calls or whenever applicable.
  3. Encourage staff to walk or cycle to work and meetings where appropriate.
  4. If travel cannot be avoided, offset all of the travels’ direct and associated emissions.
  5. Offset all emissions from staff accommodation and food consumption on business trips.
  6. Offset all emissions from the company’s offsite events, including staff travel, food consumption, accommodation, and waste.

Workplace

  1. Use of natural ventilation and lighting.
  2. Replace and/or recycle faulty light fixtures with those of higher energy rating.
  3. Reduction of lighting in low-traffic and low-usage areas of the office.
  4. Be aware of reminders and signs to switch off lights and equipment when not in use.
  5. Use of plants to improve the quality of the air in the office and increase productivity.

4.2 Procurement

In choosing to develop a procurement policy, Gigpiglet Productions acknowledges the important role consumers can play in demanding that businesses take action to minimise their environmental impact. In keeping with our position as an environmental leader, Gigpiglet Productions procurement principles are that:

  1. Where possible, Gigpiglet Productions reduce consumption – this means thinking twice about whether we really need a particular item and being conscientious consumers.
  2. Buy recycled – In order to fulfill the ‘reduce, re-use, recycle’ process it is important that where possible we buy recycled, second hand and pre-loved goods.
  3. Buy local – Not only are we supporting local business, but we are also helping reduce emissions associated with transport.
  4. If buying new products, ask the following questions:
    • Is the business/product a Climate Friendly client?
    • Is it third party environmentally certified?
    • Is it made from recycled materials?
    • Does it contain certified organic products?
    • Is it produced locally (low carbon miles)?
    • Is it made in a way that is ethical?
    • What other types of products does this company make?
    • Have they been screened by the Greenpages™ and included in their green services directory?
    • Does the company have an environmental management system?
    • How serious does the company take Corporate Social Responsibility?

Not all of these questions are easily answered, however asking them will both help you to make a decision about the most sustainable service or product to procure as well as indicate to providers that these types of questions matter

4.3 Employment

  1. Encourage staff to reduce personal emissions by training and education.
  2. Encourage staff use of public transport and bicycles for work commute.
  3. Encourage staff to wear office attire appropriate to the current climate.
  4. Practice Climate Friendly’s Top Tips for Living Sustainably.