Y’all know we’re passionate about reducing the impact of NZ’s electricity sector on carbon emission levels. After all, it’s a big reason why we created our flickin’ fabulous mobile app. But we’re also passionate about minimising the day-to-day carbon emission levels of Flick as a business, and hopefully in the process, encouraging other businesses to do the same. So you can imagine we’re tickled pink to have our carboNZero certification renewed - yippee!
But what does being ‘carboNZero certified’ mean?
Long story short, it means that we’ve achieved a net zero carbon balance - in other words, we’re carbon neutral. Once you’ve received your carobNZero certification, compliance with the standards is then independently verified each year in order to remain certified.
How (and when) did Flick become carboNZero certified?
We first became certified in 2016, following the rigorous carboNZero audit process, which helped us to accurately measure our greenhouse gas emissions. Flick’s greenhouse gas emissions come mainly from waste to landfill, air travel, electricity use, and car and taxi use. Since then, we’ve worked our butts off to lower our carbon emissions in all of these areas, and it’s been a big success (and that’s despite an increase in our company size). Wahoo!
Do you offset your carbon emissions?
Isn’t purchasing carbon credits just taking the easy way out?
Not at all. It’s a way of offsetting unavoidable carbon emissions, by supporting valuable and significant projects that are already making great progress in tackling issues like carbon emissions and conservation here in NZ.
So what do Flick’s carbon credits do?
Our carbon credits go towards regenerating native forest. The idea is that we buy carbon credits for retired land (land that’s not farmed) so that the landowners can afford to actively increase the areas of native forest in NZ. These areas of native forest not only reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, but also help encourage biodiversity, water quality, and erosion control.
Here’s a brief overview of the two fantastic projects we support.
Hinewai Native Forest Reserve
The 1,250-hectare Hinewai Native Forest Reserve is an ecological restoration project, open to the public (on foot). The main aim here is to regenerate the original native vegetation and wildlife, restoring it to its natural state prior to the arrival of humans (and subsequent forest clearance) around 700 years ago. Wow!
At Pigeon Bush there are 1,175 hectares of former farmland that, following World War Two, became badly overrun with gorse. Thankfully, efforts to kill the gorse are succeeding, and we’re seeing some beautiful regeneration of the native beech and broadleaf forest, as well as manuka and northern Rata. Because the Reserve lies between the Rimutaka and Tararua Conservation Parks, it also acts as a crucial wildlife corridor, and a home to native birds including the NZ falcon, morepork and kingfisher.
For us, it was an easy decision to be involved with the carboNZero scheme. We all know that the world faces a huge challenge tackling carbon emissions and reducing the very real effects of climate change.
As a business, we’re very aware that we’ve got a responsibility to take action and lead from the front. So that’s what we’ll do, and do more of, as we grow. We hope you’ll join us!