What does Carbon Friendly stand for?
A Carbon Friendly business:
- has documented their carbon footprint for the past 12 months using their own datasets,
- underwent a review of the documentation by an accredited organisation – we use the Nelson based company Ekos,
- used an officially recognised CO2 calculator to work out the CO2 emissions and
- has offset their carbon emissions with official certificates.
Our Carbon footprint is measured for the past 12 months, starting from when we were first certified in 2019. Our current measuring period goes from 11 February 2021 to 10 February 2022. As part of our analysis for the last period we reported:
Electricity Consumption: 1,261kwh – 0.127 Tonnes CO2
Waste: 60kg – 0.110 Tonnes of CO2 (we established a waste reduction program right at the start)
Company Vehicle: 4,291kms – 1.064 Tonnes CO2
Inward Freight: mixed air- and seafreight – 7.841 Tonnes CO2
Outward Freight: air and road freight – 1.191 Tonnes CO2
Total: 10.333 Tonnes of CO2
How do we compare to others?
Our total annual carbon footprint of 10.333 tonnes is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 2.5 standard family cars per year.
According to the Trees 4 Life calculator 1 tree offsets 1 tonne of CO2. So we need about 10 trees to offset our emissions.
We actually plant lots of trees each year as part of our eco-restoring work when we do track maintenance on site, but these are not “certified” trees. We therefore bought certified carbon offset credits which help establishing new forests around New Zealand and the Pacific.
Our next steps!
The Carbon Friendly certification is a low entry level certification for very small businesses like ours.
The process for the last year has given us valuable insight in how to track our activities in order to achieve the ISO certified Climate Positive status for 2022. That status means our business will remove CO2 from the atmosphere and together with all our customers we will make the world a better place.
With that knowledge we will then actively seek to reduce our CO2 emissions.