Walking the talk

As the Ministry for the Environment, we know that we need to be walking the talk and leading by example when it comes to achieving the targets in our Sustainability Strategy.

We launched our latest Sustainability Strategy covering the period 2020-2022 at the beginning of the 20/21 financial year. The Strategy contains many ambitious short-term targets and longer-term goals.

Our climate-related disclosure looks at the risks to the Ministry’s current and future operations from climate change.

Our emissions targets

We are measuring and reporting our organisation’s emissions from the following areas.

  • Transportation (domestic air travel, international air travel, rental cars, taxis, reimbursed mileage, buses, ferries and trains)
  • Electricity consumption
  • Waste to landfill
  • Paper consumption

We have committed to achieve many targets by July 2022 such as the following:

  • Reduce our emissions by 26 per cent from our 2017/18 baseline
  • Reduce our waste to landfill from our head office by 50 per cent from our 2017/18 baseline
  • Reduce our paper use by 50 per cent rom our 2017/18 baseline.

Our other targets

Our Sustainability strategy covers a broad range of longer-term goals and short-term targets. These cover three categories: Tangata – Our People, Taiao – Our Environment, and Pūtea – Our Finances.