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So Flick's carboNZero certified... but what does that mean?!

There’s a tonne of greenwashing out there when it comes to our power companies, and that can make it tricky to sort the weed from the chaff, but for us, it’s the main reason we created our flickin’ fabulous carbon counter, CHOICE, and why we’ve got our very own registry with the awesome folks at Trees That Count.

We’re also determined to put our money where our mouth is when it comes to minimising the day-to-day carbon emission levels of Flick as a business, and hopefully in the process, encouraging our staff, and other businesses, to do the same. So you can imagine we’re tickled pink to have our carboNZero certification renewed - yippee!

Sh*t’s getting real when it comes to climate change, and here at Flick we intend to be part of the push for a cleaner, healthier planet - here’s what we’re doing about it.

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 carboNZero 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!

What’s Flick done to reduce emissions?

We’ve gone in strong, with the aiming of dropping our emissions right across the board. For travel, that means considering the necessity of each and every flight we book, using a carbon-neutral taxi service, encouraging our office cyclists (we have lots!), and supporting our staff members who work remotely. When it comes to our waste, we use the bright and beautiful Method Recycling bins, which have led to a big reduction in our waste, and our compost is also collected and taken away. Plus, we’re starting to instal LED lighting throughout the office.

Do you offset your carbon emissions?

Yip, we do that too! Through the CarboNZero scheme, we’ve purchased carbon credits at Hinewai Native Forest Reserve on the Banks Peninsula.

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 NZ forests.  The idea is that we buy carbon credits for retired land (land that’s not farmed anymore) 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.

Can you tell me more about Hinewai? 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! This year, in 2019, Hinewai is celebrating its 30 birthday as reserve forest land. Hinewai Native Forest Reserve supported by Flick Electric's carbon credits

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!

Want to learn more about NZ’s electricity generation and the carbon emissions it produces? Have a read of this.

See why we reckon it’s important Kiwis have CHOICE.