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Walking our talk in transitioning to a low-emissions economy
11 October 2018
Walking our talk in transitioning to a low-emissions economy
The Ministry for the Environment is now measuring and monitoring its carbon emissions so we can do our bit to transition to a low-emissions future.
 
MfE has achieved CEMARS (Certified Emission Measurement and Reduction Scheme) certification. Our emissions during the 2017/18 financial year were 1,324.12 tCO2-e.
 
MFE is now measuring and monitoring emissions coming from electricity, transport (air travel, taxis, rental cars and reimbursed mileage) and waste (paper use). We have also committed to setting targets to reduce emissions each year.
 
“It’s really important that we’re leading by example, and gaining CEMARS accreditation is an important part of that journey,” Chief Executive Vicky Robertson says.
 
“We have set ourselves some initial emission reduction targets that align with our wider sustainability strategy. By July 2020 we want to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in waste to landfill, 20 per cent reduction in travel, and 10 per cent reduction in purchased electricity. Reducing our emissions is about safeguarding our environment for future generations and is a key priority for us, not just as a Ministry, but as a country. I’m proud that we’re one of only two central government agencies to have achieved this accreditation.”
 
CEMARS certification is science-based, meets international best practice standard ISO 14065:2013 and is used by many New Zealand organisations. It is one of several certification programmes available in New Zealand.
 
MfE joins EECA as the only central government agencies to have certified emissions inventories and public reduction targets. We are sharing our experience and advice with others.