Otago Daily Times

Car­bon emis­sions fo­cus of sum­mit

WANAKA

- KERRIE WATERWORTH kerrie.waterworth@odt.co.nz Ecology · Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

A WANAKA grass­roots or­gan­i­sa­tion is hop­ing its 2020 Re­set Sum­mit will give busi­nesses the ‘‘how’’ in how they can re­duce their car­bon emis­sions in the fu­ture.

We Are One (WAO) co­founder Monique Kelly said one of the main ob­jec­tives of the six­day sum­mit of talks, work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties was to get busi­nesses to un­der­stand about emis­sions, and their wa­ter and land foot­prints.

‘‘We know builders are want­ing to change. We sur­veyed mem­bers of our Build­ing Bet­ter work­ing group last year and 100% said they knew they had a prob­lem with waste, men­tal health and im­prov­ing the build­ing code to make more en­ergy ef­fi­cient homes.’’

Ms Kelly said the con­struc­tion in­dus­try work­shop on waste man­age­ment was de­signed to make it easy for builders to at­tend.

It was be­ing held on a con­struc­tion site, with ex­perts giv­ing prac­ti­cal tips on re­duc­ing build­ing waste, and how to iden­tify re­use and recycling op­por­tu­ni­ties and break­fast would be in­cluded.

Other sum­mit talks and work­shops in­cluded how to es­ti­mate your house­hold or busi­ness emis­sions, a tour of high coun­try sta­tions to look at ri­par­ian plant­ing, wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing and soil health and a pre­sen­ta­tion on dig­i­tal tourism.

The sum­mit opens tonight with a ‘‘con­ver­sa­tion’’ on ‘‘Where To From Here?’’

Dr Carly Green and Dr Jim Salinger, both lead au­thors for the United Na­tional In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change, are the guest speak­ers.

 ?? PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH ?? Eye on emis­sions . . . Six days of talks, work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties start tonight in Wanaka as part of the WAO 2020 Re­set Sum­mit coor­gan­ised by Monique Kelly.
PHOTO: KERRIE WATERWORTH Eye on emis­sions . . . Six days of talks, work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties start tonight in Wanaka as part of the WAO 2020 Re­set Sum­mit coor­gan­ised by Monique Kelly.

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