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Ports of Auckland gets serious about cutting emissions

Published: Thu 14 Dec 2017 05:13 PM
14 December 2017
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Ports of Auckland gets serious about cutting emissions
First port in New Zealand to become CEMARS® certified
Ports of Auckland has an ambitious goal to become a zero emissions port by 2040. We have recently completed the first step toward that goal by accurately measuring our emissions and developing a plan to reduce them.
To achieve this we partnered with Enviro-Mark Solutions and are using the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS) to measure and manage our greenhouse gas emissions. We are the first port in New Zealand to become a CEMARS certified organisation.
We have measured the direct and indirect emissions associated with our business and those of our subsidiaries (our diesel and electricity usage, air travel etc). We have not (yet) measured emissions produced by third parties over which we have no control, so for example the ships, trucks and trains which come to the port. These will be included at a later stage.
In the 2017 financial year we generated 16,208.47 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e). To reduce that total we have created an Emissions Management & Reduction Plan which sets out the projects and interim targets that will enable the delivery of the long term goal of a zero emissions port by 2040.
Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson said “This is a big step for us. It is easy to set goals, but another thing to actually start delivering. We are now in a position to deliver. We know the scale of the challenge and we have a clear plan and achievable milestones to tackle it.”
“This is the first initiative of many and we look forward to announcing more work in this area in the near future.”
ENDS

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