Almost 40 businesses had registered for a Wao Climate Action Initiative programme by the start of this week.
The group is seeking a cross section of businesses for the 12-week program which is designed to show businesses and schools how to calculate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and take action to reduce them.
To roll out the programme, Wānaka environmental not-for-proﬁt group Wao Aotearoa is working with regional tourism organisations Destination Queenstown and Lake Wānaka Tourism and Queenstown Lakes District Council who are jointly funding the project.
“Right now we need business to get involved'' - says Wao Aotearoa board member and IPCC Lead Author Carly Green who is heading up the programme.
“We’re especially keen to work with a range of businesses that want to make measurable changes but may be unsure how to begin.”
By Monday 40 businesses had registered.
The fully funded programme rolls off the back of the carbon workshops held at Wao Summit in October, which saw over 15 businesses assess their carbon emissions.
“From those 15 businesses alone we measured a staggering 3500 tonnes of CO2e” says Dr Green. “These businesses have measured the areas which contribute to their emissions and are now able to take active steps to reduce these emissions. The programme has enabled change in the way they do business, and they now have the support network and framework to measure the impact of those changes. These businesses have been so positively impacted by their experience, they are going to participate in this program by sharing their experience, what they have learnt and the changes they are making.”
The first workshop will be on December 6 and applications were being taken up until the close of play yesterday.
In the ﬁrst phase business will ‘Calculate for Climate’ a period to set the overall context, gather data and measure emissions (previously known as “know your number”.)
The programme will resume after the summer holiday period with the second phase, ‘Fast Track to Neutral’ featuring a series of workshops and resources to help businesses work through emission reduction strategies and develop their own reduction response plan.