Reducing emissions for home and business
Even though climate change can sometimes feel overwhelming, individuals and businesses can make a difference.
By changing individual habits and taking small steps at home, at work, and in our community, our collective actions will reduce carbon emissions, build sustainability and resilience, and support healthier lifestyles.
A good example is the Paekākāriki Community Orchard and Gardens (POG) village-wide composting initiative, which collects household food scraps and turns them into compost for the community garden’s fruit trees. This initiative was kick-started by a 2019/20 Seed Funding Waste Reduction Grant from Council, and reduces the volume of food scraps heading to landfill to generate harmful leachate and methane.
Check it out FutureFit to get an idea of the impact your lifestyle is having on our planet, and how your everyday actions can make a difference, and reduce your carbon footprint.
FutureFit provides a snapshot of your impact on the planet and suggests specific ways to make positive changes in the way you live to help reduce your footprint.
It's a simple yet powerful and proactive way for individuals, households and businesses to engage with climate change. FutureFit includes links to resources on:
- reducing your transport emissions
- reducing your electricity use
- minimising your waste
- planting trees and getting involved in other ecological restoration to help with emissions.
Gen Less is website that looks at the opportunities we have every day to be more conscious about our energy use, and how we can use less. It's supported by the EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority), a government agency dedicated to mobilising New Zealanders to be world leaders in clean and clever energy use.
It's full of inspiring ideas to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. You’ll find loads of actions you can make that are better for our climate, your wellbeing and your pocket. Choose whatever works best for you – when we all make small changes, big things happen.
Government agencies and sustainable business organisations have worked together to develop the Climate Action Toolbox, an easy-to-use, free tool to help businesses reduce their carbon emissions.
The toolbox has been specially designed to support small-to-medium businesses, who make up a large part of New Zealand’s economy. Their combined efforts on climate change could have a significant effect on the country’s emissions.
The Ministry for the Environment provides a great resource at Climate change: We all have a role to play, which outlines:
- what you can do about climate change
- what organisations are doing
- videos of climate change initiatives
- the roles and responsibilities of government agencies.
Check it out, and get inspired!
Did you know that New Zealand families throw out about $560 worth of food each year? That's three shopping trolleys full! As a country, we throw away 157,389 tonnes every year, enough food to feed everyone in Kāpiti for nearly eight years! Our Reducing your waste page has all kinds of resources to help you reduce your household waste.