The Carbon Neutral Public Service Programme – Emissions Inventory and Reduction Plan
What is the Carbon Neutral Public Service?
The Carbon Neutral Public Service programme aims to demonstrate government leadership on sustainability by reducing the government’s environmental impact.
It will do this by making the 34 core public service agencies carbon neutral. It will make sure the six lead agencies are carbon neutral by 2012, with the other 28 agencies being on the path to carbon neutrality by 2012.
How does the programme work?
The programme involves a three-step process.
- Measuring the greenhouse gas emissions from each agency’s activities;
- Reducing those emissions; and
- Offsetting remaining emissions by undertaking projects to remove an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or prevent it being released.
All 34 agencies will complete an annual emissions inventory, develop an emissions reduction plan for their organisation and implement the actions in their plans. The programme will use New Zealand based projects to offset the greenhouse gas emissions that cannot be avoided after emissions reduction activities have taken place.
Our emissions inventory and reduction plan
The Ministry of Fisheries is one of the government agencies taking part in the Carbon Neutral Public Service programme.
You can find our emissions inventory for 2006/07 and reduction plan for 2008 below.
Download Emissions Inventory (PDF 123KB)
Download Emissions Reduction Plan (PDF 94KB)
Highlights from our emissions inventory and reduction plan are that:
- We have reduced our waste to landfill per FTE by 73% since June 2007;
- We will implement a travel plan to reduce our emissions from domestic and international transport;
- We have implemented video-conferencing facilities at some of our offices in order to reduce unnecessary travel;
- We will be undertaking a fleet sustainability audit during 2008; and
- We will be conducting an energy audit.