Delivering for good through carbon credit projects

At NZ Post, our person to person sending is now carbon neutral. To achieve this, we continually work to reduce are carbon emissions, then we offset our unavoidable carbon emissions, through buying carbon credits from a few local and international gold standard projects.

Growing our own backyard

Locally we are supporting Hinewai Native Forest Reserve. Hinewai is an ecological restoration project, which means it works to restore native forest. Located on Banks Peninsula, it is privately owned and managed by the Maurice White Native Forest Trust. It is freely open, with a managed walking track network, allowing New Zealanders to enjoy the reserve.

Hinewai Native Forest, started out as 109 hectares in 1987 and has now grown to 1,250 hectares through the purchase of Ōtānerito Station in 1991 and several subsequent additions. This project allows natural regeneration of native vegetation and wildlife by letting nature run its course, gradually returning itself to its similar state than before the forest clearance by human settlers.

Hinewai generates 1 carbon credit, for every 1 tonne of cardon dioxide (CO2) it removes from the atmosphere. Once we purchase a credit, it must also be cancelled on a formal registry in order to offset and neutralise 1 tonne of our unavoidable carbon emissions. Each of these credits are verified and carefully tracked by an independent third party, Toitu envirocare. Toitu also purchase and cancel the carbon credits on our behalf.

 

Making a worldwide difference to climate change

Locally we support Hinewai to help offset our carbon emissions. However, climate change isn’t just a NZ problem, its worldwide. That is why, we also largely invest in a portfolio of international projects as part of the carbon offsetting process. 

We invest in a portfolio that covers a whole host of projects that either reduce, remove or avoid the production of greenhouse gasses (for example carbon emissions such as CO2) that cause climate change. These projects create one carbon credit per tonne of greenhouse gas they reduce, remove or avoid. 

All these global projects are gold standard, ensuring they meet the requirements to qualify to produce carbon credits.  Many of the projects also have additional benefits to the local economy and community they are in. Below are two examples of global projects:

Gyapa cook stoves in Ghana

Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food or heat their home with traditional cook stoves or open fires. Not only do these produce carbon emissions into the atmosphere, their smoke exposure causes huge health risks, with women and children the most affected. ClimateCare and Relief International partner to provide Gyapa stove cooks to Ghana, which:

  • Require 50-60% less fuel, reducing carbon emissions
  • Reduce household energy
  • Reduce exposure to toxic flames
  • Protect Ghana’s forests

Danjinghe Wind Farm Plant, People’s Republic of China 

The CECIC HKC Danjinghe Wind Farm is a series of wind turbines which generate renewable electricity. This project offsets traditional greenhouse gas emitting electricity generation with renewable energy in the northeast of Zhangbei County, in Hebei Province in the People’s Republic of China. The electricity generated is then sold to the North China Power Grid.

Our commitment to being carbon neutral and offsetting carbon emissions is how we are delivering for good.

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Delivering for our planet

We’re continually reducing the impact that our products, services and buildings have on the world around us to be carbon neutral from 2030.

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Measuring our impact

We hold ourselves accountable with transparency about our work, goals and results and sustainability-based partnerships.

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Reducing our environmental impact

Our journey to being carbon neutral starts with science-based targets and reducing our overall impact.