Articles about Carbon Neutral

Failure not an option with Emissions Reduction Plan

Posted 22 June 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

The release of New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan sets new urgency around our country’s transition to a carbon-zero future and means slashing 11.5 million tonnes of carbon equivalent off our emissions by 2025. The plan reveals how the Government will meet New Zealand’s first emissions budget of 72.4 million tonnes a year and underlines the fact that there is no more time for business as usual when it comes to decarbonisation.  And if greenhouse emissions and tonnes of carbon don’t mean a lot to you, picture this; 1 tonne of CO2 would fill 1 large hot air balloon (almost...
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The burning question about solar

Posted 26 May 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

It’s cheap, it’s reliable and it’s not running out anytime soon. So the burning question remains - why isn’t commercial solar as hot as… well, the sun? Today, the business case for solar is becoming more and more compelling when it comes to commercial use. It’s not only good for the environment – it’s also good for your bottom line. With electricity prices going through the roof, solar represents a cheap alternative to cut ongoing power costs and hedge against future electricity price increases. Indeed, solar gets more viable by the day when you consider the gains you...
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Russell Craig – CTO Microsoft New Zealand – Discusses with David Spratt at Total Utilities the cost and business case for Sustainability.

Posted 3 May 2022 by David Spratt

A recent Microsoft report on New Zealand’s sustainability performance shows that more than three quarters of NZ businesses now have carbon reduction plans and policies. But that’s where the green wave crashes into a wall – and uncertainty about costs is a major factor. According to Microsoft’s ‘Accelerating the Journey to Net Zero’ report, two related reasons stand out as to why businesses are failing to meet their targets. One is that businesses are unsure how to monitor their emissions, giving them no clear baseline or way to chart their progress. The other is cost. But as...
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Lights, carbon, action for this year’s Earth Hour

Posted 26 March 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

Today’s Earth Hour (Saturday 26 March, 8.30 – 9.30pm NZ time) again puts climate action into the spotlight – but a recent MYOB survey highlights that while there’s strong support for climate action among SMEs, many are confused about how to progress. Earth Hour, which started in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out event, is now held around the world on the last Saturday of March each year to promote action on climate change and to ensure a brighter future for people and the planet. So, what better time to explore results from the latest MYOB small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)...
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WE. He Never says WE.

Posted 24 March 2022 by David Spratt

A Journey to Sustainability with Planet Spratt Jims Arboretum Legacy “If a thousand years were to pass in a second what would be left of us?”The Dig – Movie I read somewhere that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is today. Autumn is coming and with the rains will come the opportunity to begin planting out the stream on my property that is so in need of a kind and considerate lover.  It is only five weeks but my efforts to bring my stream back to life have been an inspiration. Not in a, “Gee Dave, you are a great green guy,” kind...
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Knowledge is power with Total Utilities Market Commentary

Posted 18 March 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

Staying ahead in business is often about being the first, being the best or doing something that no-one else has thought about.  But being the best demands an ability to gather accurate, independent and reliable information in an increasingly complex world. Total Utilities Market Commentary will help provide you with all the insights and tools you need to take immediate steps to get the very best deal on your utility prices, while simultaneously leading the way with sustainability best practice. We collate market research and trends to help you navigate volatile energy markets and...
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Total Utilities proudly joins the Carbon Neutral Government Programme.

Posted 16 November 2021 by Chris Hargreaves

Total Utilities is proud to join a growing community of over 40 suppliers and service providers participating in the Carbon Neutral Government Programme. We join the likes of Deloitte, BECA and many other organisations who profoundly care about protecting our beautiful country and people from the impact of climate change.  The purpose of the CNGP is to accelerate the reduction of emissions within the public sector and targets three areas in particular: heating, transport, and buildings. We are Toitū carbonzero, too This exciting news follows our February announcement,...
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