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2008-08-06 Auckland fruit-veg merchant goes Carbon Neutral

posted Nov 25, 2008, 12:49 AM by Seeby W   [ updated Nov 25, 2008, 12:51 AM ]

An Auckland fresh-vegetables merchant is boasting it is first in the world to be fully recognised as carbon neutral.

To mark its certification Fresh Cuts New Zealand gave away "carbon neutral carrots" at a horticulture conference in Auckland.

"It does not matter what you think about carbon footprints, the emissions trading scheme...they are a reality, " company general manager Stephen Dench said.

"As an industry...we need to get our head around these issues and take a leading role globally."

Becoming carbon neutral took 14 months, with Landcare Research and Green Carbon helping measure, manage and mitigate all emissions in the company.

Excess greenhouse gas emissions had to be offset by buying carbon credits created in New Zealand through projects such as windfarms or reduction of methane emissions from landfills.

Mr Dench said the focus on reducing costs and waste meant the company had been able to invest in technologies to improve both its environmental and economic performance.

"There is a large number of positives for the business, the industry and the country," he said,

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