We’re Toitū climate positive certified
We’re proud to be New Zealand’s first and only Toitū climate positive certified electricity provider. 100% pure renewable power that turns back time.
WHAT IS CLIMATE POSITIVE
Climate Positive goes above and beyond
How we did it
At Ecotricity we go beyond carbon neutrality to make a positive impact on society.
We are Toitū climate positive certified as a product and as an organisation. Toitū Envirocare are a team of scientists and business experts that lead positive change through a system of robust environmental programmes that are internationally recognised.
Toitū climate positive certification pushes climate leaders beyond neutrality to make a positive impact on society, on top of taking meaningful science-led action to decarbonise. They provide a framework for action and certify your bespoke path to science-led climate action, built on international standards that set the ultimate in best practice. Their certification is verifiable and comparable, with clear objective criteria for success. Progress is continual – there is no ‘done’. Climate Positive is designed for businesses to always strive to do more.
Becoming Toitū climate positive certified as a product and as an organisation isn’t an easy task, but because we were already Toitū carbonzero certified it did make the whole process faster. We had to measure all cradle to grave life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of our selected hydro, wind and solar electricity sites*, and organisation, including our whole supply chain. We then manage and reduce, inline with science, against Toitū requirements. We make sure to compensate 125% of any remaining cradle to grave emissions and ensure we are continuing to contribute to broader social and environmental outcomes. It’s a long process, but so worth it!
*We have recently expanded our solar network to include commercial solar arrays. Until the commercial arrays are audited, emissions for the energy produced by those arrays has been estimated and offset using the functional unit for its domestic solar arrays. It is likely that this figure is conservative; however, a reconciliation will occur at our next audit (October 2023) to ensure that emissions associated with all solar arrays have been fully offset.
To be able to offset 125%, as well as contributing a further 75%, of all emissions, we must support local and international decarbonising projects. We support the Million Meters Stream Project in NZ, Gyapa Cookstoves project in Ghana, the Orb Household Project in India, and the Solar Energy Project Emami Power Project in India.
Million Meters Streams project: This is a tree planting project which helps to clean-up and protect our waterways, filtering out pollutants that may be entering them. Tree planting helps sequester carbon which is one of our key tools of combating climate change. Over recent decades, a lot of our waterways have become polluted from industry and intensification. This project aims to project, restore and promote the sustainable use of our precious waterways.
Gyapa Cookstoves Project in Ghana: The Gyapa are insulated and efficient cookstoves that are able to cook food quicker and require 50-60% less fuel than traditional cookstoves or open fires. It not only reduces carbon emissions, but also improves the health of families in Ghana by reducing their exposure to toxic fumes. Cutting the fuel requirements saves these families money and more importantly protects the forests in Ghana where deforestation is a major issue.
This project also creates jobs and helps locals develop skills. The liners are made by a small group of accredited local ceramicists who have received specialist training. The metal claddings are made by a further group of accredited manufacturers. The project provides training and quality control services and supports marketing and distribution of the stoves through a wide network of nationwide retailers.
Orb Household Project: The dissemination of solar water heaters and solar photovoltaics based electrical systems (lighting and other needs) in rural and urban/semi-urban areas in India. These systems will utilize the energy from the sun and convert it into thermal and electrical energy respectively to replace the fossil fuel that would have been used otherwise to meet equivalent energy demands in the baseline.
EV Buyers Guide: We have developed and maintain an EV buyers guide which educates consumers about all electric vehicles available in NZ, and addresses any concerns that buyers may have. The transport sector accounts for a significant amount of New Zealand’s CO2 emissions, so if we can help increase the speed of EV ownership uptake and decarbonise the sector, then this will play a major role in reducing our total emissions.
Solar Energy Project Emami Power: The main purpose of this project activity is to generate a clean form of electricity through a renewable solar energy source. The project activity involves the installation of 20 MWAC (22.5 MWp DC) solar power projects in the villages of Udelhedi, Naharpur, Mannakhedi, Kumrada, Tehsil in the Roorkee District of Haridwar India. The project places anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG’s) estimated to be approximately 32,412 tCO2e per year, there on displacing 31,689 MWh/year amount of electricity from the generation-mix of power plants connected to the grid, which is mainly dominated by thermal/fossil fuel-based power plant.
What can you do to help?
Help us turn back time on carbon emissions.
With the average Kiwi emitting over 6 tonnes of Co2 per year, of which about 1.4 tonnes comes from electricity usage, by choosing Ecotricity’s Toitū climate positive certified electricity, you have a simple and easy solution to substantially reduce your carbon footprint. Make the switch to a cleaner and greener future today, at affordable prices.
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The Toitū climate positive programme is founded on the latest science and international standards with verifiable and comparable results. To earn certification, an organisation or product must measure and report in annual audits, all operational and value chain emissions in accordance with the ISO 14064-1:2018 for organisations and ISO 14067:2018 for product lifecycle emissions.
The programme requires the setting and achievement of science-aligned reduction targets, as well as a clear decarbonisation strategy. From an accounting perspective, the carbon balance sheet for members will show a negative balance as all unavoidable emissions are offset through the cancellation of verified carbon credits, going beyond net zero to have a positive impact. Members are required to go beyond carbon neutral to have a positive impact through additional carbon credits (25% of the organisation or product footprint) and contributing to wider environmental and social outcomes (equivalent to the cost of offsetting 75% of the organisation or product footprint). The programme not only focuses on reducing emissions, but also requires engagement and broader social and environmental outcomes, aligning with science for a sustainable future.
Toitū Envirocare leads positive change through a system of science-based environmental programmes. The organisation is made up of a team of scientists and business experts who have come together to protect the ecological and economic future of this place, catalysing action for a zero-carbon future.
Though developed for New Zealand business needs, Toitū Envirocare’s offerings currently serve over 800 clients worldwide and have helped reduce 8.4 million tonnes of carbon and they’re only just getting started. Wholly owned by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, a Crown Research Institute, our origins are in science, but our future is in the sustainability of our economy, our people, and our land.
Since 2019 Toitū Envirocare has been a Certified B Corporation. We are committed to being a business that not only acts as a power for good but does no harm. Through our impact business models, we empower other organisations to understand and improve environmental performance, but within our own business, we have taken specific steps to ensure we are improving our performance. We are also active in the B Corp Community working on supporting other B Corps to take meaningful, science-based climate action.
Toitū climate positive certification pushes climate leaders beyond neutrality to make a positive impact on society. It is proof an organisation is taking science-led, meaningful climate action for a decarbonised future.
Energy is a way of life. It is incorporated into nearly everything we do. It heats and powers our homes, transports us, and makes food and goods for us to consume. Without it we would be lost, we rely on having a constant supply of energy. The one downside to energy use is where it comes from, and this is where Ecotricity is making a difference. The energy sector contributes about 41% of New Zealand’s total emissions, with almost half of that coming from transport. Energy sources like oil, coal, gas, geothermal and cogeneration are major emissions producers that are significantly contributing to climate change.
Ecotricity uses only 100% renewable and Toitū climate positive certified wind, hydro and solar energy sources to power New Zealand. These sources don’t produce any emissions while generating energy for the country, and any emissions associated with the construction, maintenance, and deconstruction are accurately measured, calculated, and offset by us through Toitū Envirocare’s quality carbon credit projects.
Even though the battle for clean renewable energy is a long one, things are starting to look greener as we introduce new renewable energy sources. In the past year, New Zealand’s emissions have started to drop which is great news and why it’s worth switching to Ecotricity to make a difference
When we talk about the electricity from Ecotricity being Toitū climate positive certified, Ecotricity supplies the national grid with power sourced only from hydro, wind or solar sources. Because electricity is an interchangeable commodity throughout New Zealand, we are very accurately able to account for how much energy our customers are using and conversely how much we need to purchase from climate positive certified, renewable resources on an annualised basis. The net effect is that Ecotricity is only supplying from certified renewable sources and does not need to tap into dirty sources to fill in the gaps.