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