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Giving back to the next generation through Greenfleet

The birth of his grandsons was the impetus for Phil Tyler to start offsetting his carbon emissions with Greenfleet back in 1997.

Phil had always been concerned about the environment. Working with CSIRO as a human resources manager for many years, Phil says he heard the early warning bells about climate change in the late 1970s.

I believe in evidence-based science, and I worked with many inspiring people who were uncovering evidence about climate change, and I thought ‘we must do whatever we possibly can to make a difference’,” he says.

Then along came my two grandsons, and it became more pressing than ever before. I only had one car, and I thought that reducing my carbon footprint was an important thing to do.”

Since then Phil has offset 43 tonnes CO2-e – enough to plant a small forest. Today, Connor and Kyle are 12 and 10 years old, and are learning to love the environment from their grandfather.

Phil’s environmental commitment hasn’t stopped at offsetting his carbon emissions. He was an early adopter of solar panels, after a windfall from his superannuation fund enabled him to invest in the technology almost a decade ago.

I haven’t paid an electricity bill since I installed the panels,” Phil explains, adding that with the costs coming down, people today can pay a fraction of what he did.

He’s watching Tesla’s move into the Australian market closely, and thinks the new Powerwall battery will be a game changer – although says he “might let the technology streamline a bit more” before he buys in.

Saving money has never been a driver for Phil. Through his carbon offsetting with Greenfleet, renewable energy systems and environmentally-sustainable behaviour Phil is “pretty confident” that he has eliminated his carbon footprint altogether.

We have a small house in Mt Waverley that backs onto wetlands that I really love. I plant every inch I can, and think this has offset what little carbon I produce.”

Despite feeling a little embarrassed that his generation may be the first to hand on the planet in a worse condition than they found it, Phil remains optimistic about the future.

It won’t be long before the grid is no longer necessary. Just look back at the advances in televisions – from clunky black and white boxes to slim line colour technology. Once governments recognise that environmental sustainability is the only pathway forward, it will give the greenlight to all the magnificent scientists and technicians working on these products to innovate even further.

It will happen – and I hope it happens in my lifetime.”

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