Carbon workshops a great success

Kimberly and Wymond have just completed  giving workshops on carbon footprinting to audiences around the upper North Island. Many thanks to the Sustainable Business Network for coordinating these. Feedback has been very good and we will look to repeat the workshops in other centres around the country later in the year. The key take home messages from the workshops were:

  • Organisational carbon footprinting is not a particularly onerous proposition. There is a well-defined process, guidelines and standards to follow, and freely available tools to use.
  • As a planet we have to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and every business, organisation and person has a role to play.
  • To avoid irreversible damaging climate change there are some challenging reduction targets to meet.
  • New Zealand to date is not meeting those targets and the ETS alone will not be the answer. It is up to NZ businesses to voluntarily measure and reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Not only is this good for the planet, it is good for business.

 Case study presentations by local businesses who have been carbon footprinting for a number of years showed the audience what was achievable in a relatively short space of time and reinforced the value to be gained. Many thanks to Trevelyans Pack and Cool Ltd, Livestock Improvement Corporation, Hachette and Chow:Hill for sharing their stories.

 To download the workshop presentation click here.

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