Carbon zero – what you need to know

Every New Zealand business will have to reduce carbon emissions to zero (0) by 2050 according to the Paris Agreement 2015. The Paris Agreement also dictates a legally binding interim target of 30 % emission reduction by 2030.

2030! That is today only 8.5 years away. If you haven’t made any plans about reducing your carbon footprint yet, you already wasted 6 precious years.

Climate Change: Off-setting is not the answer
Contrary to popular belief, it is impossible to achieve carbon zero by only off-setting your emissions through buying carbon credits within the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). There is not enough room on this planet to plant all the trees necessary so we could off-set all our carbon emissions today.
There is only one way: We need to reduce carbon emissions. We need to reduce carbon emissions. We need to reduce carbon emissions.

Start here
If you don’t know where to start, have a look at the Climate Change Toolbox from the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA). It lists the following areas with potential to reduce carbon emissions:
1. Moving people
2. Moving goods
3. Office operations
4. Site operations and equipment
5. Designing products

Generally, businesses start with an assessment of their current emissions which will form the base for future carbon reductions. There are quick wins like changing to LED lighting and investigating areas where energy is simply wasted (there are often many).

The good news: energy efficiency saves money!
Being energy efficient is associated with huge cost savings over time which makes this process essential for future-proofing your business.
The longer businesses wait to reduce their carbon emissions, the more cost-intensive the process will be as there is currently not enough expertise nor resources available to carry out the work that is needed to change to carbon zero. The capital cost of energy efficiency measures is predicted to increase as the demand rises towards 2030 and 2050 respectively.

Making the right decision today will ensure business continuity
The best decision you can make in this decade is to start your journey to carbon zero today: As a fully trained Carbon and Energy Professional, it would be my pleasure to prepare an Energy Reduction & Management Programme (compliant with ISO 50001) for your company. Alternatively, consider upskilling one of your staff in order to create energy and carbon reduction capability in your own business (depending on its size). It could be one of the wisest investment decisions you would ever make.
I’m here to help! Just ask. Look forward to hearing from you.
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