Ports of Auckland now CEMARS-certified
Ports of Auckland has become the first port in New Zealand to be certified by the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS).
The port said it has taken the first step toward its goal of becoming a zero-emissions port by 2040 by accurately measuring its emissions and formulating a plan to reduce them.
To achieve this, the facility partnered with environmental solutions firm Enviro-Mark Solutions and is using its CEMARS accreditation to calculate and manage its greenhouse gas emissions.
So far, the port has worked out the direct and indirect emissions associated with its business, as well as those of its subsidiaries, such as its diesel and electricity usage and air travel.
Contributions by third parties, like the ships, trucks and trains that visit the port, are set to be measured by Ports of Auckland in the future.
The port created 16,208.47 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in the 2017 financial year, and, in order to reduce that figure, has created an Emissions Management & Reduction Plan laying out the projects and interim targets that will allow for the delivery of the 2040 target.
Commenting on the CEMARS achievement, Ports of Auckland chief executive Tony Gibson said: “This is a big step for us. It is easy to set goals, but another thing to actually start delivering.
“We are now in a position to deliver. We know the scale of the challenge and we have a clear plan and achievable milestones to tackle it.”
Mr Gibson added that the port looked forward to announcing more work in this area soon.
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