A few Knauf employees recently attended a special screening of 2040 – an upbeat documentary with an important message about the future of the planet. The screening was presented in the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 17 October by Green Building Council Australia in partnership with Interface – a global commercial flooring company pioneering in sustainability.
The 2019 documentary was directed by the Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) and is described as “a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us”.
Instead of the doom and gloom scenarios usually portrayed by documentaries that focus on the state of the planet, 2040 conveys a message of hope. It provides a different way of thinking about the climate crisis, and suggests that if humanity changed the climate by mistake, we can change it with intent.
The screening was preceded by a panel discussion.
Ms Stephanie Olsen, Knauf Australia’s Marketing Manager, said 2040 is an important film that carries a valuable message for everybody concerned about the future of the planet.
“Sustainability is intrinsic to the Knauf company values and the theme of the documentary certainly resonates with what we believe in,” she said. “I am convinced that a lot can still be done to reverse the damage.”
Ms Olsen added that Knauf has taken significant steps in the last decade to reduce its carbon footprint which has enabled the company to develop Australia’s first carbon neutral plasterboard with an opt-in carbon offset program that is certified against the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS). Green Tag certification has also been obtained for many Knauf products.
“At Knauf we take sustainability into account with everything we do and every business decision we make. Initiatives such as 2040 are an inspiration to pursue further opportunities in this regard.”
Ms Olsen said the timing of the screening was perfect. “Knauf recently supported employees who wished to participate in the Global Climate Strike and we are a sponsor of the Women in Sustainability category in this year’s Sustainability Awards. The winners will be announced on 7 November.
“2040 shows that we are on the right track in our sustainability efforts, but it is also a wake-up call that the situation is urgent and that we cannot afford to become complacent,” Ms Olsen added.
“We wish to thank the Green Building Council and Interface for the opportunity to see this film and be part of the conversation.”