Energy and emissions
Energy is essential to our business. Understanding how it is used and the associated greenhouse gas emissions produced is key to reducing the organisation’s impact on the environment and ensuring our ability to transition to a low carbon economy.
Our emissions profile
As shown by the graph opposite, the greatest source of our emissions are our cattle production activities at Killara Feedlot. Other main sources of greenhouse gas emissions are from the consumption of energy, in the form of electricity, which is used to power our worksites and fuel (primarily diesel), which is used to power our fleet vehicles, forklifts and other machinery.
Our energy use and emissions targets
- 100 per cent renewable electricity in all Australian sites by 2025
- 50 per cent reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions intensity (tCO2e/$m revenue) by 2030, against a baseline year of 2021 (subject to commercially viable technology being available to address feedlot cattle emissions)
- Net zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2050.
Our targets apply to the sites over which Elders has operational control1 and are based on our financial year ending 30 September.
Further details and our strategy for achieving our targets are available in our sustainability report.
Effective waste management is essential to ensuring the health, safety, productivity and marketability of Australian agribusiness.
As a provider of key inputs to Australian farmers, we recognise our responsibility to properly manage our waste and support effective waste management in our supply chains.
Given the geographic spread of our operations, with many of our locations operating in rural and remote areas, waste is generally managed locally, at site level.
Our operations vary from location to location, with some sites operating retail stores, real estate agency services, livestock agency services, warehousing or a combination of activities. Accordingly, the quantum and type of waste produced by our operations varies from site to site.
Waste is mainly produced in our operations and supply chains from:
- the packaging of the goods we receive and supply in our stores
- livestock, including organic waste produced by cattle at our Killara Feedlot
- paper printing
- staff (general waste such as food scraps and packaging).
Some of the initiatives which we currently have in place to manage waste are as follows. Further initiatives are outlined in our Sustainability Report.
Most of the agricultural chemicals produced under our own brands (Titan AG, Apparent, Independents Own, Pastoral AG and Benchmark) are produced in recyclable containers and where commercial and possible, in reconditioned and recycled intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).
Elders’ branches also sell recyclable and reusable IBCs and chemical drums for packaging and transporting agricultural chemicals manufactured by other suppliers. Many of our branches collect empty IBCs and 100 – 110 litre chemical drums from customers for cleaning and re-distribution.
Other eligible chemical drums can also be provided directly to drumMUSTER,2 for recycling. DrumMUSTER provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a recycling pathway for labeled, triple rinsed, empty agricultural and veterinary chemical containers. As a member of drumMUSTER, Elders pays voluntary levies to ensure that chemical containers for its own branded products are eligible for recycling. Several sites in the Elders group also facilitate the collection of used chemical drums.
The majority of the pallets used throughout the Elders network for transporting the goods we sell to our customers are reused.
Recycling at Killara Feedlot
A portion of the organic waste generated by Killara Feedlot is used to fertilise surrounding paddocks which produce the feed provided to feedlot cattle. Killara maintains records of all manure harvested from pens and applied to nominated utilisation areas within the paddocks, which are selected based on advice from agronomists who conduct regular soil testing before any nutrients are applied.
Organic waste is composted on-site and excess manure is sold to a third party for processing and retail distribution. Approximately 38,000 tonnes of manure was sold during the reporting period, generating an additional income stream for the business.
For more information download our full sustainability report.
This does not include Elders’ franchised real estate offices and several saleyards at which Elders operates
DrumMUSTER collects and recycles farming chemical containers across rural Australia.