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Measuring progress towards Sustainability

There are many tools to measure a company’s progress towards sustainability. We recommand and use the Future-Fit Business Benchmark® because it clearly and comprehensively defines when and how an activity or business will be sustainable.

Developed from The Natural Step principles and science, this audit measures the company’s state in regards of 21 future-fit goals to measure its progress towards 100% sustainability. It covers: Energy, water, procurement and supply chain, operations, products and customers, employees, community and governance.

A future-fit® business adds value to all stakeholders and in no way undermines – and ideally increases – the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever.

Trained and experienced, we offer to help you begin to measure your sustainability position and pathway with the Future-Fit Business Benchmark®.

Future Fit Business Benchmark Sustainability Performance

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Business, Climate change, Transport, Wanaka

Implementing a transport policy in your business or organisation

Is your staff arriving late apologizing they couldn’t find a parking place? Are the staff room conversations often moaning about the congestion in Wanaka?

Besides, transport makes up 20% of New Zealand’s CO2 emissions.

Therefore, each of us needs to take action. It will be fun and cost-effective.

We can help you write a transport policy adapted to your situation and create an internal campaign to establish it in your business culture.

Contact us for a free quote.

Business, Energy, Otago, Recycling & Waste, Transport, Upper Clutha, Wanaka

New! Retail Eco-Makeover

There are many cheap, easy ways to improve your shop’s environmental sustainability. Changing your lighting can reduce your costs, adding eco-products in your display can attract clients, not giving away plastic bags can save the oceans and marine life… And so on! No small stuff!

We have designed the Retail Eco-makeover, a 10-chapter audit to look deeply into each area, we write an extensive recommendations report and provide help to implement them.

For just $550! You’ll get them back in just a few month in savings and more clients!

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Climate change at the top of your agenda

The Earth seen from Apollo 17

While 175 nations were signing the Paris Climate treaty in New York on Earth Day, Friday 22nd April 2016, Tim Flannery was the keynote speaker of the first Aspiring Conversations, “Cool It: dealing with climate change”, with Suzi Kerr and Veronika Meduna.

Click here for my comprehensive notes of the event.

What can your business or organisation take from it?

Climate change is happening and we are better off taking this into account.

Climate change is not a destination. It is a process. Our actions -or non actions- decide on the tempo of the change.

The hope is: we understand clearly now that there is a problem and we know what tools and what paths we can take.

Good news is: We are at the peak of emissions. Half of energy investments last year were in solar and wind energy.

If we take a good look at what we do wrong now, we give ourselves permission to be creative and innovate.

Adapting to change

Today is a turn. The Paris climate agreement signed today is saving us from the worst. There is hope but we are so late, change has already happened so we need to think about adapting to it.

Here in the mountains, the snow cover thickness is forecast to be 90% of what it is now in 2040 so there is only minor change for ski resorts until then.

There will be however 50% more rain in winter and spring and at the same time, there will be more dry days. This means heavier and more damaging storms, more floods as well as more droughts. How do we adapt to that?

Click here to read more about “How Climate Change affects our region”. We need to acknowledge the change so we can think about how to manage it.

Reducing emissions

While many innovations aiming at capturing CO2 from the atmosphere are on their way, reducing emissions is the best start.

Electric cars are a huge opportunity.

Planting trees is definitely part of the solution with lots of co-benefits.

It is great that governments will help with appropriate regulations. Yet it is down to private initiatives to act now.

All we need to do is to put climate change at the top of our agenda.

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New Zealand’s carbon crisis

Per capita NZ GHG emissionsAlthough a small contributor to the global greenhouse effect (0.2%), New Zealand’s emissions of greenhouse gases per capita (17,2 tons) places us in the top countries, nearly twice as bad as the UK! To prevent catastrophic climate change, we *should* emit less than one ton per person and per year.

It’s a huge responsibility and also a huge opportunity.

Half of New Zealand’s emissions of greenhouse gases depends on how we choose to use our land. Originally covered by forests by 80% only 30% is left today with more than 50% used as farmland. So trees today only manage to absorb about 30% of CO2 emissions. A lot of farmland is used for ruminants who belch out methane, a gas 25 times more powerful than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Something will have to be done there.

 

Footprint_tagsThe 86% of us who live in urban settings contribute to the other half of emissions of greenhouse gases. A third of energy production is from non-renewable sources and we use too much energy anyway because of our poorly insulated homes. Also we consume a lot and making things creates lots of CO2, as well as waste and pollution. We also drive in cars too much and our air travel increase is a worrying trend. One return flight to Europe adds 10 tons per capita and per passenger…

These are things we can work on. We can choose better energy, save it and improve our homes. We can be thoughtful when we buy things and when we hop in our cars.

We’ll help you figure out what is easily done, what will make a big difference in your case, how much it will cost you and save over time.  We’ll help you feel good about yourself and how you tackle your responsibility towards future generations and the Earth.

Source: Carbon Neutral by 2020: How New Zealanders can tackle climate change. Edited by Niki Harre and Quentin D. Atkinson. Nelson: Craig Potton, 2007.