The programme's aim is to make a number of organisations within the public sector carbon neutral from 2025. It was launched on December 2020.
CNGP participants should
- measure, verify and report their emissions annually
- set gross emissions reduction targets and longer-term reduction plans
- introduce a plan to reduce their organisation’s emissions
- offset remaining gross emissions from 2025 to achieve carbon neutrality.
- phasing out coal-fired boilers from the public sector, with a focus on removing the largest and most active by the end of 2025
- optimising the size of agencies’ car fleets and purchasing electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids if a full electric is not appropriate, unless this is not possible due to operational requirements (for those mandated to apply the Government Procurement Rules)
- requiring NABERSNZ, a system for rating the energy efficiency of office buildings, from January 2021 for agencies that occupy large office space (over 2,000m2) and are covered by the Property Functional Leadership mandate
The Carbon Neutral Government Programme will continue to be supported by the State Sector Decarbonisation Fund to invest in low-emissions heating, cooling, electric vehicles and energy efficient lighting.