Country:New Zealand
Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Monitoring, Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Procurement rules, Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction, Buildings>Non-Residential, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry for the Environment
Funding:NZD 10.4 million (2007 - 2010)
Description:In February 2007, the New Zealand government announced plans to lead by example in moving the public service towards carbon neutrality. Further details were provided throughout 2007, including in the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, released in October 2007. Under the Carbon Neutral Public Service programme, six lead core public service agencies to be carbon neutral by mid-2012. These are the Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Health, the Treasury, Inland Revenue, and the Ministry of Economic Development. The remaining 28 public service departments are to be on the path to carbon neutrality by mid-2012. The programme involves a three-step process: 1) measuring an agencys greenhouse gas emissions 2) reducing their emissions 3) offsetting the remaining emissions The measurement of emissions is based on the ISO14064 and GHG Protocol, and includes emissions from energy, travel (including domestic and international air travel) and waste to landfill. Emissions produced from staff commuting to work in private vehicles or by public transport are excluded. The baseline figure used to assess progress is the combined carbon footprint of the 34 agencies in the core public service sector in the 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 financial year, amounting to 159 000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. Each agency is required to develop an agency specific reduction plan identifying opportunities for emission reductions. These emission reduction activities must be considered for their cost-effectiveness, and not impede operation functions. Emissions-reduction actions fall in three broad categories: - Energy efficiency measures; such as educting staff on using less electicity, installing low-energy lighting systems, more efficient heating and cooling systems, and buying more efficient appliances and equipment; - Travel measures; such as establishing workplace travel plans to reduce unecessary journeys, purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles, and using transport alternatives such as video conferencing; - Waste reduction and recycling systems. The Ministry for the Environment, who is leading the programme, is centrally coordinating the offsets component. The offsetting programme will use New Zealand-based projects. In March 2009 the Carbon Neutral Public Service programme was discontinued. However, Government signalled its expectations that chief executives of all public service departments would continue to take practical action to reduce their impacts on the environment where it makes economic sense. This would include taking a "whole of life" approach when procuring goods and services; minimising waste sent to landfills; using resources, including energy and water, more efficiently; improving planning, design and construction when commissioning and operating buildings; and adopting transport policies that minimise their environmental impact. In addition targets remain in the New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (see entry 3770).

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