Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Kāpiti first council to enter to emissions reduction scheme

November 15, 2012

Kāpiti first council to gain entry to emissions reduction scheme

The Kāpiti Coast District Council is the first council in the country to gain admission to the prestigious Carbon Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS).

CEMARS is run by Landcare Research and recognises organisations that can independently verify they have measured and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Other New Zealand agencies that are CEMARS certified include Toyota NZ, Meridian Energy and the University of Canterbury.
Mayor Jenny Rowan says the achievement recognises Council’s determined commitment towards reducing its carbon footprint.

“I am not sure people realise just how active this Council is in the area of energy conservation and carbon emission reduction. We are leaders in the local government sector and have pioneered a range of initiatives across all our operations.

“From the wood-fired boiler at the waste water treatment plant to solar power, more efficient heating, the installation of low energy LED street lights, environmental restoration and water conservation projects, Council is leading the way.”

Council began its bid to gain CEMARS certification in 2011. This involved calculating its corporate carbon footprint to the internationally recognised ISO 14064 standard and adopting an emissions management and reduction plan for the organisation. This work was independently audited and verified.

The plan targets a 45% reduction in operational emissions in 2014-15, compared to the baseline year of 2009-10, increasing to 80% in 2021-22. Mayor Rowan says Council has already significantly reduced carbon emissions in recent years but CEMARS status will “turbo-boost” those efforts.

“Council is already walking the talk on sustainability but under CEMARS we will be doubling our efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions, which accelerate climate change.

“As a coastal community, Kāpiti is already feeling the effects of climate change and rising sea levels, in particular. I believe we are duty bound as a corporate entity as well as a global citizen to do what we can to mitigate our contribution.”

Mayor Rowan says Council’s plans to further reduce greenhouse gases include eliminating emissions from sewage sludge disposal - its biggest emissions source - generating renewable energy and improving energy efficiency in Council facilities, vehicles and street lighting. These measures will be funded from existing budgets and the savings they generate.”

Details of the Council’s CEMARS accreditation including emissions inventory (carbon footprint) reports for 2009-10 and 2010-11 and emissions reduction plan will be available on the Council website.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics.

Can the two surviving Maori Party MPs (one electorate, one list) credibly work together with the old firebrand who split up the group years ago, and still hope to rekindle some of that same old magic? More>>

 

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news