Town aim­ing for car­bon neu­tral

The Northland Age - - Local News -

A project aim­ing to cre­ate New Zealand’s first car­bon-neu­tral town and help re­duce cli­mate change has been launched in Kerik­eri.

About 60 peo­ple at­tended the Novem­ber 22 launch of the Car­bon Neu­tral Kerik­eri project, which of­fers house­holds eas­ily un­der­stood ad­vice and tools to mea­sure their house­hold’s net car­bon emis­sions, and to re­duce those emis­sions over time.

Trustee Inge Bre­mer said re­duc­ing use of fuel and en­ergy, min­imis­ing waste and choos­ing food re­spon­si­bly all helped re­duce a house­hold’s emis­sions, with the bonus of sav­ing money.

“Some will choose to in­vest in low car­bon tech­nolo­gies like elec­tric ve­hi­cles and so­lar pan­els, but there are also plenty of low-cost or no-cost so­lu­tions,” she said.

The Car­bon Neu­tral NZ Trust, the um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Kerik­eri project, has de­vel­oped an east-to-use car­bon cal­cu­la­tor at www.car­bon­neu­tral­trust.org.nz.

Peo­ple at the meet­ing were en­cour­aged to use the cal­cu­la­tor to work out their house­hold’s cur­rent car­bon pro­file and set a re­duc­tion tar­get of 10 per cent per year.

Trustee Rolf Mueller-Glodde ex­plained the cal­cu­la­tor had been de­signed specif­i­cally for New Zealand con­di­tions.

“We hope young peo­ple will be­come in­volved in the project to­gether with their par­ents, who con­trol the bills. It is af­ter all the next gen­er­a­tions’ fu­ture we are hop­ing to pro­tect.”

PIC­TURE / PETER DE GRAAF

Rolf Mueller-Glodde and Inge Bre­mer of Car­bon Neu­tral Kerik­eri, try out an on­line car­bon foot­print cal­cu­la­tor.

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