During our journey to carbon neutrality through emission reduction, we discovered the process is not too difficult and actually rather good for business. It doesn't necessarily require a large capital investment and it reduces overheads. In fact it saves us money, even after paying for carbon credits to offset the emissions we can't avoid.
There are a number of benefits to the CEMARS Programme, perhaps the most relevant being – the opportunity to both definitively and confidently represent your organisations carbon footprint, but equally to be able to network with peers across different sectors, all with a common goal of measuring and reducing emissions.
University of Canterburymembers/university-of-canterbury
"We have reduced operating costs, learned new technology & provided a tangible example of New Zealand's environmental commitment and leadership on the world stage."
Dr Neil Gilbert, Manager Health, Safety & Environment, Antarctica New Zealand
“People are more concerned about where products are sourced and how far they’ve travelled. Working with the carboNZero programme helps us widen our environmental management actions and lets others know that Antipodes has reduced and mitigated our impacts on climate change.”
Andrew Railton, Antipodes Water Company Limited
“We have customers asking about our environmental considerations. Our Enviro-Mark Gold certification is proof that we take the environment seriously. It also helped us focus to bring it all together.”
Babcock (NZ) Limited
“While we were already doing many of the things required by CEMARS, entering into an official process where our approach is scrutinized by a third party has helped us identify where we can improve even more. Working with CEMARS raises the profile of emissions management and reduction internally and puts pressure on us to deliver on our commitments. It also helps us to demonstrate to others that we are making progress and that we are dedicated to reducing emissions over the longer term.”
Jesse Putzel, Climate Change Manager, BAM Group UK
"Enviro-Mark certification provides an edge when tendering as most companies now have a requirement to include environmental, social and health and safety considerations within their tenders."
Stephanie Van Den Berg, Booker-Spalding
“As a result of our Enviro-Mark programme initiatives and our internal auditing processes, Caffe L’affare is a well-oiled machine. Things seldom go wrong but if and when something does, we know what to do about it because of the foresight required to run a successful EMS programme.”
Dan Wilcox, Roaster, Caffe L’affare
"Thanks to staff support and CEMARS frameworks, Counties Manukau Health is on track to make really significant and meaningful changes."
Dr David Galler, Intensive Care Specialist, Counties Manukau Health
“With the Enviro-Mark programme, you get milestones, you methodically work through what is important and get it in place.”
Kylie Clifford, Counties Toyota
“Having Enviro-Mark Diamond puts us in a good place environmentally compared to competitors. Additionally, an effective EMS, combined with other lean initiatives are clearly evident when customers visit and do plant tours. We take pride in showing off what the Enviro-Mark Programme has done for Croxley. And it is independently audited and verified – so it’s not just us saying it.”
Tony de Felice, Health, Safety & Environment Manager, Croxley Stationary Limited
“Enviro-Mark certification ensures that our business maintains a high standard in our practices not only in legal compliance, but also ensuring we make educated environmental decisions for our staff, community and customers. Our gold certification is a clear statement to our industry that we are committed to our responsibilities and highly value the importance of good environmental practices.”
John Best, Quality Environment Manager, Dexion Commercial (NZ) Limited
“We wanted to take full control of our social responsibility & the carboNZero certification program allowed us to do so. Above and beyond selling eco-friendly packaging we have now measured, reduced, and offset our greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 14064-1:2006. By becoming New Zealand’s first carboNZero certified packaging company we believe we are leading the industry and expressing our passion for sustainable business. This is paying dividends for not only our customers, but their customers too.”
James Calver, Business Development & Account Manager, Ecoware
“We saw that Enviro-Mark certification would provide us with everything we were looking for.”
Tony Morpeth, General Manager, Eco-Tech Solutions Limited
"We're proud to continually prove to the world that sustainability and luxury needn't be mutually exclusive."
Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa
"At HGM we want to exceed expectations. Achieving carboNZero certification shows we go the extra mile when caring for the environment too."
Simon Martin, Hudson Gavin Martin
“An unexpected result quickly became apparent – a significant improvement in our bottom-line through the efficiency improvements we implemented.”
Camilla Welch, General Manager, Label and Litho
"Laing O’Rourke Infrastructure is committed to developing opportunities that come with reducing our carbon emissions and ensure that these are captured for the benefit of the business, the economy and the communities that we serve. Our CEMARS certification is very welcome and will ensure that Laing O’Rourke remains a world class leader in sustainability and innovation as well as contributing to the UK targets in carbon and energy reduction."
Phil Price, Managing Director Infrastructure, Laing O'Rourke
“Commit now. You will never regret it.”
Steve Logan, Restaurateur, Logan Brown Restaurant & Bar
"The rapidly expanding body of evidence about climate change means companies need to take action. Our firm’s decision to be carbon neutral is not just for the ‘feel good’ factor; in fact, it’s fundamentally a business decision. Consumers are demanding that companies demonstrate responsibility, and in a global marketplace, New Zealand firms across all industries face a real risk of being left behind unless they show decisiveness in modifying their practices. As part of attaining carboNZero certification, Lowndes measured all activities causing greenhouse gas emissions and implemented reduction programmes to address the biggest sources of emissions. Lowndes is currently assessing its supply chain and researching environmentally friendly suppliers."
Mark Lowndes, Partner, Lowndes
"Managing our carbon footprint through a verified greenhouse gas (GHG) scheme such as CEMARS prepares us for impending regulations and helps us reduce risk factors related to management of our GHG inventory. CEMARS certification is clear evidence of our actions to address climate change. It gives us confidence that the systems we are putting in place are heading in the right direction, and shows that we are addressing the requirements and concerns of our employees, investors, and clients."
Dr Tom Macagno, Head of Sustainability, May Gurney
"Reducing carbon emissions hits all the Sustainability buttons; reducing your impact on the natural environment, saving money and building a reputation as an aware, forward thinking organisation."
Emma Ward, Head of Sustainability, McNicholas
"Our CEMARS certification is good for the environment and good for our long term business objectives. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for MWH, targets on reducing our carbon footprint are included within our Integral Management System and Environmental Action Plans. I am delighted that MWH have demonstrated their commitment to reduce the impact on the global climate."
Paul Gledhill, Managing Director, MWH Global
“The New Zealand government and businesses work hard to ensure Kiwi goods and services are globally competitive, and that we have a strong reputation for being environmentally sustainable. Overseas consumers are increasingly conscious of the role and impact of freight and transport in getting the product to international markets. We want New Zealand products to keep their marketing edge. carboNZero certification provides a practical solution to this challenge, by offering a positive step to reduce and offset emissions.”
Helen Clark, former New Zealand Prime Minister
“The Enviro-Mark Programme has been a great help. It has a lot of credibility, it has helped our business, it has helped our people. Without the knowledge of Enviro-Mark staff we would have continued the way we were doing things hoping they were right.”
Dan Blackbourn, General Manager, NZME Print
"New Zealand’s clean, green brand image is well-established, but should not be taken for granted. Consumers will be calling New Zealand to account on that image, insisting on proof that it is based on fact. The carboNZero programme enables you to go to market with confidence on your performance and to include this in brand communications and labelling".
Dr Mark Wade, Sustainability Advisor, NZTE Beachheads programme
"carboNZero certification has done more than raise PaintPlus’s profile in the market. We have also seen significant cost reductions coming through, due to our reduced energy consumption and the reduction in waste. Going through carboNZero certification provided new impetus to our environmental commitment. The discipline of going through the prescribed process gets you to examine every single part of your business operation, sometimes with surprising results.”
John Warman, Director, PaintPlus Colour Systems Ltd
“A certified EMS shows that we walk the talk. When we put jobs out for tender, we require tenderers to have their EMS certified. It makes sense for us to have certification as well... We always strive to be a good corporate citizen and our Enviro-Mark certification is extra reassurance to stakeholders that we are a careful and considerate corporation.”
Krysti Wetton, Workplace Sustainability Team, Powerco
"We look forward to seeing this amazing certification grow and become adopted by many other NZ companies. We believe this will one day become the new norm as companies begin to understand the impact of their operations on the environment. We hope more and more people will purchase products, goods and services based on credible research-based certifications like carboNZero from Enviro-Mark Solutions."
Rachel Alexander, Sustainability Manager, Premium Flooring Limited
"Ricoh's commitment to sustainability is so strong because it makes good business sense. We improve our business and the environment through carboNZero certification."
Mike Pollock, Managing Director, Ricoh New Zealand
"As a third generation family business that has been operating for nearly 100 years, we firmly believe that it is the responsibility of each generation to leave things in better shape for the generation that follows.
"During our journey to carbon neutrality through emission reduction, we discovered the process is not too difficult and actually rather good for business. It doesn't necessarily require a large capital investment and it reduces overheads. In fact it saves us money, even after paying for carbon credits to offset the emissions we can't avoid.
"Based on our experience, I would encourage other businesses to go down the carbon neutral path. We have worked with many clients who are keen to reduce the carbon footprint of their print requirements and can also offer carboNZero certified printed products and services to the exacting PAS2050 standard.
"We're also happy to share details about our journey to becoming carboNZero certified, if you're interested in following that path."
Fred Soar, Managing Director, Soar Print
“Southern Colour Print has a positive story to tell… our employees work in a cleaner, safer environment and the cost benefits allow us to compete effectively.”
Sean McMahon, Managing Director, Southern Colour Print
"Over one year staff suggested projects saved over one megawatt of electrical demand, the equivalent of £600,000 or around two percent of energy used."
David Rose, Carbon Manager UK, South West Water
"carboNZero certification means we win as individuals and as a company. We know that consumers around the world are choosing Snowberry because we're carbon netural - and that helps them to be part of the Forces for Good!"
Soraya Hendesi, Founder, Snowberry
“Actions rather than words were required if we were to honour our claim to being responsible and passionate about sustainability and the environment.”
Shaun Maclaren, General Manager, Te Ngahere
“We needed a nationally accredited programme across all dealerships. It is a point of difference. It is credible.”
Debbie Hart, Toyota Manawatu
"Since joining in 2006, we've cut our power use by two million kWh (-35%), kilometers of air travel by over 1 million (-28%) and company car fuel by over 30,000 litres (-25%)."
Tristan Lavender, Environmental Officer, Toyota New Zealand
“Enviro-Mark is a localised certification supported by Government, which helps to add credibility and demonstrates our commitment to the environment, especially when applying for tenders.”
Anita Fleming, Compliance Coordinator, Treescape Limited
“The carboNZero programme is an important example of how a nationally driven greenhouse gas emissions management and certification scheme can advance the global transition to low carbon economies and societies by encouraging companies big and small, organizations and even individuals to do something about their carbon footprint. It is also an inspiring example of how climate neutrality can be successfully branded and communicated to both domestic and international audiences. UNEP's Climate Neutral Network has greatly benefited from the pioneering and enriching experiences of the carboNZero programme and its many clients who have joined the CN Net initiative. They are a living and breathing testimony that "de-carbonizing" our communities, companies, cities and ultimately countries is both a viable and far-sighted strategy.”
Satinder Bindra, Director of Communications, United Nations Environment Programme
“There are a number of benefits to the CEMARS Programme, perhaps the most relevant being the opportunity to both definitively and confidently represent your organisation's carbon footprint, but equally to be able to network with peers across different sectors, all with a common goal of measuring and reducing emissions.”
Anthony Sellin, Energy Manager, University of Canterbury
"CEMARS provides audited greenhouse gas emissions measurement for every part of our business and enables us to focus most effectively on where we can achieve the largest reductions."
Fabian Yukich, National Wineries Manager & Executive Director, Villa Maria Estate
“We always strive to be a good corporate citizen and having Enviro-Mark certification is extra reassurance to the communities in which we operate that we are a careful and considerate corporation.”
Bernie Roberts, Chief Executive Officer, Webstar Limited
“We have been able to show our clients that we are very serious about our commitment to the environment with our Enviro-Mark certification. Many of the tenders we participate in are now asking specific questions in relation to environmental credentials and what we are doing to improve our practices. Our clients are also becoming more aware of environmental issues and are putting more emphasis on dealing with ‘green’ suppliers. It is great that we can show people where we have come from, what we have already done and what we are planning to achieve in the years to come.”
Elise Ofsofk, Wellington Business Forms Limited
"Wellington Zoo prides itself in being a trend setter in the community for best practice environmental activities. carboNZero certification was the natural next step."
Amy Hughes, General Manager Community Engagement, Wellington Zoo
"Enviro-Mark provides a mechanism for us to get on top of the wastage that occurs in our industry. We have already made significant improvements and we are really pleased with how Enviro-Mark has worked for us."
York Paper Company