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September 2009


The countdown is on! With only 90 days until the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, the time for change is fast approaching and decisions must be made. New Zealand is still in debate regarding some complex issues to our ETS with the next steps still to come.

Still a climate change skeptic? Click here to see a scientists view on global warming portrayed in a way everyone can understand. This clip deals with the fact that we should not be debating whether global warming is real or not, but with the risk management strategies we should be taking, regardless what the outcome may be!

What new exciting environmental initiatives do you have going on at the moment? Would you like to share some of your sustainable or environmental stories? Feel free to contact the Green Carbon team to get your story out to the world.

Industry News

-  Companies must take care of "Carbon Neutral"  claims and cannot rely on the ETS for their green credentials. Guidelines for all carbon claims can be viewed here. This is the final Commerce Commission release of the  'Guidelines for Carbon Claims'. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send us an email.

- Inclusion of aviation into the European ETS could result in a price increase for long haul flights to New Zealand by $120. This would effect all flights in and out of the EU block from 2012 onwards
-  The New Zealand and Australian governments have strengthened plans to form a united emissions trading scheme, but both admit they must first overcome significant local hurdles. Debate about whether or not this is viable though is emanate; with NZ's main emissions sources are different to Australia's, coming from agriculture instead of coal. Read more here.
-  Air quality in Wellington's Mt Victoria Tunnel has breached international standards. Read more here.

Forward thinking for businesses

The select committee has reported back to parliament regarding the review of New Zealand's current ETS, which remains still and is likely to stay that way. Currently, the ETS is favouring an all sectors, all gases approach. However, the controversial issues of timing, price caps, and the treatment of Maori land are yet to be addressed.

You may be thinking; what does this mean for businesses? The purpose of the ETS is to drive a behavioral change in the way business is conducted. This is to be done by putting a price on carbon, therefore whether it is direct or indirect, there shall be implications to your business.

What should be your next steps forward? Compliance requirements for directly affected businesses state that emissions need to be evaluated, monitored and recorded for each period to international best practice methodology. Businesses must ensure that internal controls systems relating to data quality, collection and recording are appropriately implemented.

If you are unsure about how to go about this, or what type of data is required to calculate your businesses carbon footprint, please contact us. We're here to help you turn this process from a nightmare into a value adding for your business, resulting in increased efficiency and cost savings to your bottom line.

Events &

It is our pleasure to introduce and add to our growing list of clients and business support partners;, an events calendar that focuses on what’s going on around New Zealand. Eventfinder is currently by far the most popular NZ events website with about 120,000 people visiting each month.
"Eventfinder is proud to have taken the first step in understanding the adverse effects our business operations have on the environment. It is important for us to see what we are doing and put in place management systems to try and reduce these effects. Here at Eventfinder we plan to build in the near future a facility to enable all events listed with us the opportunity to help the environment. This can be done by measuring, managing, and mitigating their carbon footprint through Green Carbon's reputable certification scheme, thus spreading the message of sustainability to the wider community. We're very excited to be able to play our part in the world wide journey of climate change." - James McGlinn, CTO.

As people congregate to events; emissions will arise from the use of petrol. While people are at events; emissions will arise from consumption of electricity and waste. Want to do something about this? Irrespective of size, Green Carbon can help reverse adverse effects to the environment simply, easily, and cost efficiently for you.

We here at Green Carbon look forward to some of the exciting new opportunities that shall arise through this close business relationship.