The company has stakes in major LNG facilities in Australia, including Ichthys (1.5%) and DLNG (3.06%) in the Northern Territory, Gorgon (1%) and Pluto (6.25%) in Western Australia via non-operator subsidiaries.
Based on data from the Clean Energy Regulator’s National Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reporting, the company’s share of emissions from these projects in fiscal year 2019-2020 was approximately 377,000 tonnes of CO2.
However, according to its website, it was able to certify itself as a carbon neutral company through the offset organization, Climate Active, by purchasing and canceling carbon credits for the 235.7 tonnes of carbon. CO2 equivalent created by its Australian offices in Perth and Brisbane during the period January to December 2021.
“Tokyo Gas Australia became the first Japanese company in Australia to achieve carbon neutral certification from Climate Active,” the company said on its website, which features carbon neutral certification on its home page.
“We are continually exploring opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint, such as reducing energy consumption, promoting recycling activities and purchasing high efficiency energy equipment. “
The units purchased to offset its office emissions went to a wind farm project in India.
Climate Active is a partnership between the Australian government and business to independently certify business emissions reduction efforts.
Climate Active certified Tokyo Gas Australia late last month, noting that Tokyo Gas participates as a minority joint venture in its LNG projects, earning it a small organization certificate.
“Tokyo Gas Australia’s goal is to achieve carbon neutrality for its office. We achieve net zero by acquiring and withdrawing carbon credits,” the statement said.
Polly Hemming of the progressive think tank The Australia Institute described the company’s claims as “an astonishing act of greenwashing.”
Climate Active is the same organization that verified that Cooper Energy was carbon neutral by offsetting its scope 1 and 2 emissions.
A spokesperson for Cooper Energy said Energy news that it was up to companies to decide how they would go about achieving Climate Active certification, noting that it was up to the federal government auditor to make those decisions.
Cooper released its sustainability report yesterday, noting that based on actions, Scope 1 and 2 emissions in FY21 were around 3,800 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, all of which have been offset, while its scope 3 emissions totaled 962,000 Tco2e.
“For us, we wanted to make sure that the market and the community clearly understood how we did it,” the spokesperson said.
“We don’t have a view of how other people do it, we want to be transparent about how we did it.”
Tokyo Gas and Climate Active could not be reached for comment.