We're reducing our carbon footprint
12 February 2019
The EPA has committed to reducing its own carbon footprint by being confirmed as a CEMARS (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) certified organisation.
“Protecting the environment is at the heart of everything we do,” says the EPA's Chief Executive, Dr Allan Freeth.
“It’s only right that we strive for this in every way, including the way we manage our own organisation, and that we’re open and transparent about doing that.
“And in our case, committing to reducing our carbon emissions is entirely in keeping with our responsibility for administering New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme.
“Getting CEMARS certification is the start of a journey for us, to identify, measure and reduce our own carbon emissions. We and the public can have confidence in the fact that our progress is audited and verified by an independent body, Enviro-Mark Solutions, to internationally recognised standards,” Dr Freeth says.
He says the EPA is determined to reduce the three main causes of its greenhouse gas emissions.
“By 1 July 2021, the EPA’s target is to reduce emissions per FTE from electricity use by eight percent, reducing paper usage and the volume of waste going to landfill by 15 percent, and reduce emissions due to staff business travel by eight percent. This will be a challenge, but doing something rather than nothing is the only proper course of action.
“We are very pleased to join the Ministry for the Environment and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) in being CEMARS certified,” Dr Freeth says.
The EPA was presented with its framed CEMARS certificate by Steve Dixon, Enviro-Mark Solutions’ General Manager Partnerships and Strategy, at a staff meeting on Tuesday 12 February.