TDA developed a sustainability statement many years ago, repeated below, for assistance in carrying out decisions in our operations.
The statement has served TDA well but we realise actions are more important than policies that simply are a lot of words. So we have looked at each part of our activities that affects the environment and drew up a list of our priorities and, more importantly, what we’re doing about them. Detailed below is what we at TDA actually do rather than just what we'd like to:
The TDA will integrate the
principles of ecologically sustainable development
into all our decision making processes, and our own activities, to mutually ensure the optimisation of welfare of this generation and all future generations. We will continue to encourage the industry we represent to be dynamic and develop business practices and products that promote sustainability. We aim to ensure the long term health of the natural resource and achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability within our industry.
Responsible paper purchasing – We buy Australian made paper which is certified as coming from well-managed sources and other controlled sources by either the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Australian Forestry Standard.
Reduced paper usage – We reduce our paper usage by doing a lot of electronic communication and, when printing off drafts, printing two to an A4 page.
Reuse & recycling – What paper we do use gets taken home and used as children’s drawing paper (our kids love drawing) or collected for recycling into new paper by
Electricity usage – TDA continues to reduce our electricity usage (it helps that our boss hates spending money). We all have flat screen monitors. At the end of the day we switch off all our computers, the instantaneous hot water and all the lights. We only run our dishwasher to clean our reusable mugs when it’s full. While we generally buy second-hand office equipment, any new equipment we purchase complies with the
standard and has the energy saving features enabled.
Interstate travel – Increasingly we are using teleconferences to conduct meetings between people in different states. If air travel is necessary, many meetings are arranged to be held at or close to the airport to minimise taxi travel to and from congested CBD locations.
Local travel – Our offices are in the centre of Sydney which means that we can walk or catch public transport to most of our local meetings. Most of our staff (except those who live in areas of the North Shore which has poor public transport) also use public transport to get to and from work. If we can’t use public transport we take a taxi - we don’t own a pool car.
Sustainability projects – We like to think that many of our projects are assisting the timber industry contribute to a more sustainable world. Two recent examples are research on policies and practices timber importers use to determine
legality of supply
and helping set up the
National Timber Product Stewardship Group
to assist reuse and recycling of more waste timber.
Coffee – We need a lot of caffeine to keep up all our good work. We purchase and use
coffee for all our staff and visitors.
Sustainability is an evolving process; we regularly review and update this section with the latest developments at TDA. We want to reduce our impact on the environment. It's a long slog and we could do with your help to get there. To offer suggestions or to find out more send Stephen Mitchell, TDA’s Sustainability Program Manager, an email to
- he’d love to hear from you.