Like every business, trust and organisation, Te Arawa Fisheries has carbon emissions. However, unlike other operations, we have the opportunity to offset our discharge in such a way that can support our iwi and our whānau.
Doing our bit to address climate change is important to us. As part of our Climate Change Strategy, we are embarking on a significant kaupapa to offset our emissions by growing trees on Māori land for carbon credits, providing benefits for everyone involved, as well as the wider community.
Carbon credits have a tangible value through the Emissions Trading Scheme. One carbon credit represents one tonne of carbon dioxide (or equivalent for other greenhouse gases). Carbon credits can then be sold to companies who need them to meet their carbon offset obligations.
Preserving our planet for future generations is the number one goal of this kaupapa and permanent regenerating forests is our way forward. Forests provide a safe haven for our endangered wildlife and native flora to rejuvenate, while they also enhances our environment by stabilising the land and preventing runoff into waterways.
We are partnering with Māori land owners to turn under-utilised land into permanent rejuvenating, native forests that will offset our carbon emissions, provide a return to the landowner, create local jobs and protect our environment for the future.