In New Zealand organisations can voluntarily monitor and report their greenhouse gas emissions. This page provides an overview of the benefits of doing so and links to guidance for organisations on compiling a greenhouse gas emissions registry.
Benefits of voluntary greenhouse gas reporting
Over the last decade, there has been significant growth in voluntary greenhouse gas reporting across a number of business sectors in New Zealand.
Some organisations are monitoring and reporting a range of emissions, including those from road vehicle fuel use, air travel, electricity and waste to landfill.
One of the benefits of voluntary reporting is it allows an organisation to gain a greater awareness of energy and resource use, which can lead to greater efficiency.
Guidance on monitoring and reporting
The Guidance for voluntary corporate greenhouse gas reporting was first introduced in 2008 and is produced on an annual basis. It has been prepared in response to increasing demand from organisations for guidance on how to compile a corporate greenhouse gas inventory.
The guide is written primarily for commercial and industrial organisations who wish to report their greenhouse gas emissions. However, it is also applicable to other types of organisations with operations that give rise to greenhouse gas emissions (eg, non-governmental organisations, government agencies and universities).
The guidance encourages best practice in greenhouse gas reporting and supports voluntary reporting initiatives.
The next update to the guide is planned for October 2016. It will take into account changes in emission factors and will reflect updated business requirements for greenhouse gas reporting. Until this time, please use Guidance for voluntary corporate greenhouse gas reporting - 2015: Data and methods for the 2013 calendar year.