Zero Carbon Southland provides a pathway for New Zealand to meet its greenhouse gas emission targets through investing domestically rather than purchasing credits offshore. It also creates a competitive advantage for Southland businesses by reducing the cost of carbon.

Objectives

  • Developing a regional smart Zero Carbon Framework
  • Creating an accurate local carbon measurement tool, measuring carbon avoidance of past regional projects to encourage wider adoption of technologies
  • Identifying targets and goals to achieve Zero Carbon in Southland
  • Scoping a local carbon trading platform
  • Building a framework and business case for a funding support scheme for local projects to continue building a cleaner and more efficient Southland
  • Monitoring and reporting of goals, targets and the project

Key Outcomes

  • Lower Carbon and Methane emissions
  • Cleaner air and healthy communities
  • Reduced waste
  • Cleaner water
  • Cleaner more efficient transport
  • Fewer cars and safer roads
  • Business competitiveness and process optimisation
  • Warm, dry, affordable and healthy homes

How we plan to get there

  • Efficient waste management and reduction systems
  • Biogas through methane and waste recovery
  • Biomass space heating and hot water systems and District heating
  • Electric and fuel cell electric vehicles
  • Cycling Strategy
  • Insulation programmes such as the Southern Warm Homes and clean air loans

Zero Carbon opportunities in Southland (By Sector)

Carbon Zero Southland - Venture Southland

Aim
Identify and promote key projects for each sector delivered in partnership with local industry and community.

Overall
Introducing large-scale district heating systems, cycle tracks and connection of infrastructure.

 

    MANUFACTURING SECTOR
    A total of 545 manufacturers in the region (74 are food manufacturers).

    Opportunities:

    • Conversion to biomass boilers
    • Growing the number of electric:
      vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell electric
      vehicles (FCEVs)
    • Waste to biogas

    PRIMARY SECTOR
    A total of 900 farms in the region. 194 forestry and logging owners.

    Opportunities:

    • Conversion to biomass heat processing
    • Growing the number of electric:
      vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell electric
      vehicles (FCEVs), including electric
      farm bikes
    • Waste to biogas

    SOCIAL SERVICES SECTOR
    A total of 172 schools and education providers in the region.

    Opportunities:

    • Conversion to biomass boilers
    • Growing the number of electric:
      vehicles (EVs)

    BUSINESS SECTOR
    A total of 4,100 businesses in the region.

    Opportunities:

    • Conversion to biomass boilers
    • Growing the number of electric:
      vehicles (EVs)

    WHOLESALE AND DISTRIBUTION SECTOR
    A total of 194 transport operators and 80 courier & postal businesses in the region.

    Opportunities:

    • Growing the number of electric:
      vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell electric
      vehicles (FCEVs)

    ARTS AND RECREATION AND CONSTRUCTION SECTORS

    Opportunities:

    • Growing the number of electric:
      vehicles (EVs) and promoting healthy
      transport systems

     

    For further information contact
    Isabel Huther - Venture Southland

    Isabel Huther

    Business Projects Co-ordinator