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Positive emissions report sets tone for behaviour change

Wednesday, March 13, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: environment, waste, workplace, Climate Change, Report

Environment Canterbury media release: 12th March 2019

An independent report into Environment Canterbury’s 2017 greenhouse gas emissions has shown the tangible ways in which the organisation has reduced its level of emissions, as well as highlighting an appetite for ongoing improvements in 2019 and beyond.

The report was prepared by Madworld Ltd using an ISO certified methodology. The report measured the organisation’s greenhouse gas emissions to produce a net emissions report for the 2017 calendar year. It looked at the ways in which the organisation generates emissions through its core activities supporting air quality, biodiversity, freshwater management and resilience.

The scope of the report relates only to Environment Canterbury’s Tuam Street and Timaru offices and fleet, with an aim to improve the collection of data to provide a fuller picture in subsequent reports. However, as noted below, the report’s findings have also been used to provide a fuller picture of the organisation’s total emissions in 2017.

The report highlighted a number of significant figures, including:

  • a 26 percent reduction per staff member in greenhouse gas emissions since 30 June 2010, putting Environment Canterbury on track to contributing to the internationally recognised Paris Agreement national target of a 30 percent reduction by 2030;
  • the removal of 5,755.5 tonnes more greenhouse gases than is emitted, due to forestry sequestration (NB the offset figure relates to only the very small part of total forestry assets that are eligible for units under the Emissions Trading Scheme – the actual carbon being sequestered is far higher); and
  • an increase in the amount of waste sent to landfill (by 10 percent), based on kilograms per staff member.

Chief Executive of Environment Canterbury Bill Bayfield said: “I feel strongly that we must tackle the climate change challenge head on, starting by analysing and changing our own organisational behaviours. I am proud to highlight the efforts we have already demonstrated in improving our impact on the environment. Obviously, there is always more to be done, and we have demonstrated our appetite for doing that.”

Read more of the findings of the report into Environment Canterbury's 2017 greenhouse gas emissions.