We have committed to the internationally-recognised Toitū carbonreduce® (previously CEMARS®) programme.

Toitu Carbon Reduce logoThe programme, run by Toitū Envirocare, enables us to measure, manage and reduce our carbon footprint in a way that's formally recognised, and externally verified.

We are one of only 26 government organisations that are Toitū carbonreduce certified.

What we have achieved so far

In 2018/19, the first year after our initial base audit, we reduced our total greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent. This reduction is calculated on the absolute numbers and includes cost recovered activity, and does not take into account the increase in full-time equivalent employees (FTE).

Our commitment to reducing our emissions

We are committed to reducing carbon emissions per FTE by 1 July 2021. In order to do this we have developed a greenhouse gas emissions management plan and reduction targets. Some of these plans include:


Reducing emissions per FTE from purchased electricity by 8% – through staff awareness campaigns and using the EECA online tool to identify energy savings.


Reducing waste to landfill and paper usage emissions per FTE by 15% – through staff education and awareness campaigns.


Reducing staff business travel emissions per FTE by 8% – through the review of travel policies and technology.