ARA NET-ZERO EDUCATION PROGRAM

Last year, the ARA launched our Net-zero Roadmap for the Australian retail sector and our pledge to become an accelerator for the UN-backed Race to Zero campaign. This Net-zero Roadmap calls on the Australian retail sector to take ambitious climate action to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. 

The ARA is committed to helping Australian retailers achieve this ambitious target, but we know that finding the time to understand complex climate change terminology alongside the day to day running of a retail business is a challenging task.

That’s why we have developed our Net-Zero Education Program to help your business move beyond words and into action. 

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This 2-day intensive workshop and series of monthly peer roundtables will support your business to establish
a robust Climate Action Plan and commit to Net Zero.
 

The Accelerator Program will build upon the fundamentals of the Essentials series and dig into the practical considerations a business needs to take action. It will provide professional development and support for internal resources responsible for driving change. 

This program includes: 

  • 2-day in-person workshop with guest expert speakers guiding you to build an initial strategic roadmap 
  • Monthly virtual peer roundtables through 2023 to support refinement and internal sign-off on the roadmap and planning for successful implementation 
More details to come soon.

Cost: $1,800 for ARA Members

On-demand webinars to help you understand and apply climate action in your business.
Featuring
leading climate advisors and ARA member case studies. 

Module 1  

Net Zero Foundations

The transition to net zero is going to impact every industry and country. Before we get into the details of ‘how’, we’ll review the ‘why’ – the current science and global political commitments and what that means at a strategic level within your business. 

Module 2 

Data Driven Decisions 

Understanding your emissions is the first step to reducing your footprint. Once a baseline is established, focusing on the biggest contributors, the level of ambition to reduce emissions will inform the short and long term targets for emissions reduction. 

Module 3

Low Emissions Operations 

A key emissions reduction focus for retailers is energy use in their operational premises, including using it more efficiently, switching to low carbon energy sources and buying offsets. 

Module 4  

Low Carbon Logistics

Transport and freight are another major contributor to most retailers’ footprint. 

There are a number of strategies to improve vehicle efficiency and switch to low-carbon technologies, both within owned fleet and third party providers. 

Module 5

Responsible Sourcing

While they are often out of direct control, supply chain emissions are generally the largest contributor of emissions for the retail industry and critical to collectively reaching net zero. Address supply chain emissions through product design, sourcing considerations and supplier engagement. 

 

Module 6

Sustainable Consumption

An effective communications strategy provides an important avenue to convey your sustainability commitments, galvanise action and provide tools for change, both internally and externally.