Understanding and Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Created: June 26, 2024 at 4:44 PM | Updated: June 26, 2024 | By NZ Navigator Trust

What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint estimates the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organisation, event, product, or person. Calculating your carbon footprint helps set a baseline, providing a consistent and accurate picture across your organisation through annual measurements.

Why Calculate Your Carbon Footprint?

Understanding your carbon footprint helps identify activities that result in carbon emissions, enabling targeted actions to reduce them. Benefits include:

  • Environmental Impact: Reducing emissions helps protect the environment.
  • Financial Savings: Managing carbon emissions can save money.
  • Reputational Improvement: Demonstrating sustainability reduces reputational risk.
  • Organisational Opportunities: Sustainability practices can create new opportunities.

Getting Started

The resource sheet provides guidance on where to begin with carbon emissions calculations, including:

  • How Carbon Emissions Calculations Work: Understand the methodology behind measuring emissions.
  • Measuring Your Carbon Footprint: Step-by-step instructions for calculating your organisation’s carbon footprint.
  • Next Steps After Calculation: Actions to take after calculating your carbon footprint to reduce emissions and improve sustainability.

Download the Resource Sheet

Download: Calculate and Reduce Your Carbon Emissions

Published by the Sustainable Business Network.


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