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Telstra grows its “green fleet”

Telstra grows its “green fleet”

Telstra and its employees recently surpassed one and a half million trees planted with Greenfleet. This equates to more than 390,000 tonnes of carbon emissions which will be captured from the atmosphere to help fight climate change.

“Personally, I’m extremely proud to be a part of such a significant milestone. There’s been positive energy and feedback from across the company – we’re very proud of it,” says Steve Ellis, National Fleet Manager at Telstra.

Telstra has partnered with Greenfleet since 2003, enabling native reforestation projects across Australia and contributing to practical action against climate change. The growing forests also improve soil and water quality, ensure biodiversity and restore habitat for native wildlife, including many endangered species.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the impact the planting days have over time. Watching small seedlings develop into full grown trees and knowing we’ve had a part in that is fantastic,” says Steve.

In 2018, Telstra and Greenfleet collaborated on an exciting initiative in Kowanyama, a community in far north Queensland which had been impacted by Cyclone Nora.

Together with Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council and the community, they worked together to plant over 1,000 trees on World Environment Day last year, which will provide a fresh food source for people living in Kowanyama.

“It was a fantastic experience. So many in the community got really involved – from the CEO to primary school kids – to help plant the trees,” says Steve.

In total, Telstra and its employees’ donations have contributed to the revegetation of 37 sites across Australia since the partnership began.

“We’re committed to reducing our emissions, so planting trees to offset the carbon generated by our fleet seems like a really good thing to do,” says Steve.

Telstra includes Greenfleet’s carbon offset program in its salary sacrifice arrangement with staff, meaning vehicles in the Telstra fleet have their emissions offset by Greenfleet. This financial year, the program expanded to include cars acquired through the novated lease program.

“Through the novated lease arrangement employees can choose to opt-out, but the vast majority are happy to be involved,” says Steve. “For me, taking part in planting days and visiting sites is a tangible way of seeing evidence of what we’re doing in action. It’s genuinely rewarding."

Greenfleet works with various organisations across Australia and New Zealand, creating tailored options for businesses, staff and customers to take climate action and reduce their carbon footprint. Whether it’s offsetting vehicle fleets, flights or energy usage – there is a solution for any organisation. 

If you are interested in partnering with Greenfleet, you can find out more information here. Or call and speak to the Greenfleet Team on (03) 9642 0570.