MEDIA RELEASE: Businesses urged to embrace carbon action amid record-breaking temperature breach

16 February 2024

[New Zealand, 19 Feb 2024] – Total Utilities, a leading force in New Zealand sustainable solutions, urges businesses to take immediate steps towards reducing their carbon footprint as global warming breaches the 1.5°C threshold for an entire year, signalling a crucial moment for carbon action.

According to the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service, it’s the first time global warming has exceeded 1.5°C across an entire year from February 2023 to January 2024.

World leaders promised in 2015 to try to limit the long-term temperature rise to 1.5°C, which is seen as crucial to help avoid the most damaging impacts.

Jonathan Gardiner, Managing Director of Total Utilities, highlights that businesses can consider this warning as a timely reminder of the importance of addressing their carbon footprint.

“Ignoring your business’s emissions poses real risks not only to the environment, but also to your business in terms of non-compliance with regulations, loss of market trust and reputational damage, reduced competitiveness, and missed opportunities for efficiencies and cost savings,” he explains.

Gardiner notes that businesses often neglect carbon management for a number of reasons including cost constraints, perceived complexity, time limitations, or a lack of reliable tools and expertise. However, addressing emissions is now a strategic necessity.

“Understanding specific emission sources within industries is crucial for developing effective reduction strategies tailored to the unique challenges and opportunities present in the New Zealand business context,” he says.

Total Utilities’ simplified approach

Total Utilities’ carbon management service has been designed with simplicity and speed in mind. The approach incorporates a comprehensive Carbon Inventories Emissions Checklist, which lays out all essential steps for identifying emission sources, gathering and analysing data, calculating emissions, and reporting findings.

This is paired with Total Utilities’ cutting-edge Carbon Insights platform utilising Net0 software to measure, monitor, reduce, and report on carbon emissions effortlessly.

Harnessing the power of Net0’s carbon management platform combined with Total Utilities’ unparalleled expertise in carbon and utility management – the company delivers a revolutionary fast-track carbon management solution.

Bold choices for a greener future

Gardiner reinforces Total Utilities’ commitment to simple, sustainable solutions, stating, “At the heart of our response lies a commitment to providing effortless solutions for businesses. Using our Carbon Insights and Carbon Inventories services, businesses can seamlessly align their supply chain with sustainability goals and actively contribute to a low carbon future.”

“And here’s the thing – we get it. We don’t want the whole carbon measuring thing to slow businesses down. Our approach is all about making it easy for businesses to jump on board without complication or unnecessary fuss.”

“As the world deals with the impacts of climate change, we’re urging businesses to make bold choices. Every step towards cutting carbon is a move toward a greener, more sustainable future.”

To learn more about Total Utilities’ range of carbon reporting, measurement, and reduction tools and services, please visit

About Total Utilities: Total Utilities is a leading provider of utility management, carbon measurement, and reduction services, offering innovative solutions to help businesses optimise their utility usage, reduce their carbon footprint, and achieve sustainability goals. With a customer-centric approach and a comprehensive range of services, Total Utilities empowers clients to navigate the complexities of carbon management and drive positive change.

About Net0: Net0 is an innovative carbon management platform that enables businesses to measure, reduce, and disclose their carbon emissions with ease. With advanced AI technology and a user-friendly interface, Net0 simplifies carbon tracking and reporting, empowering businesses to accelerate their journey towards a net-zero future.

Media contact:
Jonathan Gardiner,
Managing Director, Total Utilities
E: [email protected]
M: +64 21 265 8379