13 Oct 2022

Supporting partners to reduce emissions

Woodside Energy has built on our partnership with Australian not-for-profit Orange Sky, by funding vehicle upgrades for the Perth service vans.

The vehicle upgrades are part of a broader upgrade campaign which was developed by Orange Sky’s Innovation team. The upgrades aim to reduce emissions, reduce the cost of maintenance, enhance safety measures, and increase the usability of the mobile vans. 

Two key features of the upgrades included the removal of diesel generators and replacement with solar-powered equipment and battery banks, and the installation of the Orange Sky founded 'Waru Dryer' - the world's first clothes dryer to use fuel-powered air heaters and solar powered-batteries.  

Orange Sky Co-founder Nic Marchesi (OAM) said the organisation’s goal is to triple its impact and help 40,000 people by 2025, and this project plays a key part in achieving that.  

“The testing phase of the vehicle upgrades revealed that they were set to reduce electrical consumption by up to 90% per shift and were forecast to reduce greenhouse gases by up to 70%.  

“Meaning we can help an estimated 1,000 additional friends each year across our Australian and New Zealand fleet of service vans”, said Mr Marchesi.   

Woodside Energy CEO Meg O’Neill said the company was proud to build upon its existing partnership with Orange Sky.

“We are committed to supporting those who support others, and these upgrades to Orange Sky’s vans will enhance their ability to help Perth friends experiencing homelessness. 

“Woodside has partnered with Orange Sky since 2019, supporting the operation of Karla service van. We are pleased to see Orange Sky taking steps to reduce their emissions, which we are doing in our own company1

“Woodside employees also regularly volunteer with the innovative organisation, providing valuable opportunities for our people to get involved and give back to the community,” she said. 

In addition to funding the vehicle upgrades, Woodside has also committed to renewing its partnership with Orange Sky over the next three years – continuing to support the operation of hybrid laundry and shower van, Karla.  


1 Woodside Energy has set net equity Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of 15% by 2025, 30% by 2030 (relative to the 2016-2020 gross annual average) and a net zero aspiration by 2050 or sooner. Refer to Woodside’s Climate Report 2021 for more information.