Climate leadership

Climate leadership

Climate leadership is identified as a key commitment in the Trust’s strategic plan, Te aka rautaki ki te tau 2026 and over the year, we have built climate considerations into all funding and decision-making processes.

This focus has flowed through the Trust’s role as the Economic Development Agency (EDA). We’ve actively promoted the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) online climate action toolbox and last year partnered with SBN to host a business workshop in Tairāwhiti to help them understand the toolbox and begin to track and reduce emissions within their operations.

The Trust funded the Gisborne Chamber of Commerce to survey over 100 Tairāwhiti businesses about their views on climate change. The survey results were used to help plan further events and resources that will assist businesses.

Target: 21% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025
Achieved: 51% reduction to date 
Challenge: Scope 3 is our biggest contributing factor 


Our emissions reduction targets

We have worked with Eastland Group to meet our emissions reduction targets, as part of our commitment to the Climate Leaders Coalition.  The Trust's 2019 baseline was 47 tCo2e across scopes 1, 2 and 3.  We set a target to reduce our emissions by 21 percent (10tCo2e) by 2025. While we had an increase in 2020, we significantly decreased in 2021 and 2022 as a result of our actions and less workplace activities due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

Waste (scope 3) was the biggest contributing factor across our two worksites at Shed 3 and the i-SITE on Grey Street, followed by electricity (scope 2) and domestic flights (scope 3).  With workplace activities back to normal, these are our key priority reduction areas for our 2022-2023 plan. 

The Trust’s investment portfolio was reviewed under environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and as a result, transitions continue to be made to better align our portfolio with our wellbeing framework, which includes climate impacts. 

Last year we commissioned a report on permanent carbon farming in Tairāwhiti to highlight the long-term challenges it may pose for the region. While the report does not reflect a regional position, the intent was to better understand the impacts of carbon farming and encourage ongoing conversations about the opportunities and challenges presented by the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Trust Tairāwhiti emissions

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Scope 1 emissions are from sources that an organisation owns or controls directly – for example, from burning fuel in our fleet of vehicles (if they’re not electrically powered).

Scope 2 emissions are indirectly created when the energy an organisation purchases and uses is produced  – for example, from generating electricity for our electric fleet vehicles.

Scope 3 emissions are created by those an organisation is indirectly responsible for, up and down its value chain – for example, when we buy, use and dispose of products from suppliers.