Increasingly people are not only aware of the effects of climate change but are voting with their wallets for the future world they want to see.

What is climate?

Climate is what you expect and weather is what you get - Our climate varies in response to human activities (like adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere) and to natural influences (like climate cycles). Natural influences can cause the climate to vary above and below a baseline, but by increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, we are changing the baseline.  Greenhouse gases act like a blanket around the Earth. They trap warmth from the sun and make life on Earth possible. Without them, too much heat would escape and the surface of the planet would freeze. Increasing the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causes the Earth to heat more and the climate to change. 

Why is it important?

As Kiwis our wellbeing is closely tied to the outdoors, we love the beach, our baches and the bush. Climate change threatens our way of life, and we need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions to protect it. Achieving this future will require mass action by everyone, and we are already well on our way. People are using their collective voices to demand change. Businesses have begun  looking at their carbon footprints, and taking action to reduce. And countries like us have committed to delivering on a landmark global plan to curb climate change (the Paris Agreement).

How to measure it:

The best way to assess your impact on climate change is to look at the carbon emissions linked to your business - measured as ‘carbon dioxide equivalent’ or ‘CO2e’. For many businesses, your CO2e will be mostly made up of Co2 but other relevant emissions like methane (CH4) and Nitrous Oxide (N2O) might also be relevant. Most businesses start out by measuring all of the types of energy they use e.g. electricity, petrol, natural gas, and then using that information to calculate the associated carbon emissions. This gives you an idea of what the footprint of your operations is, and where you can try to reduce it. Many businesses also add in company travel (air travel is a hotspot) and waste into the mix too. There are many free online calculators available, but if you want to be extra confident about your numbers, you can go through  a certification or auditing process.  Another way to measure the carbon emissions related to your business is to look at the footprint of the products and services you sell to customers. Here you look not only at your operations, but also all the activities going on in your supply chain and the use of your products which emit carbon. This can be tricky, but it is the best way to show your customers the actual carbon footprint of what they buy from you.

Consumer Insights

It can sometimes feel like there are thousands of things you can do, but you don't know where to start! Check our these insights and download your free industry report to help prioritise what action to take:

Case Studies

Planning changes to your business can sometimes feel a bit daunting. But fear not, there are many others that have already taken action! Hopefully their stories will inform and inspire you (and you can filter by your industry or a theme using drop downs above):

Garage Project

Garage Project is an independent, Wellington-based brewery delivering craft beer to the New Zealand public.


Westpac New Zealand is a banking and financial services company that is built on helping people and businesses achieve their financial goals.

Flick Electric

Flick Electric Co. gives New Zealand households and businesses a transparent way to buy their power through plans and smart digital tools that let customers take control of their power bills.

Chia Sisters

Chia Sisters is a health food and beverage company that utilises high-nutrition fruits and seeds to craft health drinks and breakfasts. Their ranges are all natural, made entirely from plants and contain no added sugar. 


Ethique provides cruelty-free, natural and sustainable solid beauty bars. Their first solid shampoo bar was produced in 2012 - they now produce skincare, home and pet products.

Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo has been caring for animals since 1906 as Wellington’s oldest conservation organisation, and the first zoo in New Zealand.  


Right, so you're ready to take action! One of the best ways to do this, is through accreditation schemes verify the positive impact you or your suppliers are having. Remember, you can select your industry/ issue to filter the 100+ accreditors. Choice!

Toitu Envirocare

Toitū is to care for the life of this place, our people and future. It is our name and commitment. To sustain holistically. To sustain continually. At Toitū Envirocare, we lead businesses with our system of carbon and environmental programmes.
Consumers, stakeholders and investors are looking to business to take the lead on effective climate action.
Consumers, stakeholders and investors are looking to business to take the lead on effective climate action.
Becky Lloyd
Toitū Envirocare Chief Executive


Ekos makes carbon footprint measurement and offsetting accessible for businesses and individuals. Our carbon credits come from our own carbon projects that grow and protect indigenous forest.
Consumer expectations are changing - they want to shop with businesses that can demonstrate they are taking climate change seriously.
Consumer expectations are changing - they want to shop with businesses that can demonstrate they are taking climate change seriously.
Claire Keeling
Carbon Analyst


Science-based targets initiative (SBTi) provide companies with a clearly-defined path to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals. More than a thousand businesses around the world are already working with (SBTi).

Climate Care

Climate care are trusted by some of the world’s leading organisations to deal with complex issues around climate and sustainability. They rely on us to deliver results that are good for the world and their business.


The Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) is a profit for purpose business, owned and based in Australia since 2007. CRI provide businesses with a straight forward, low cost and robust process to eliminate or reduce their CO2 emissions.

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