Carbon offsetting at Hinewai Reserve

Travel is our business. And as a business, it's essential we manage our carbon footprint.

We offset our air travel emissions by purchasing carbon credits at Hinewai Reserve on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula. Renowned Botanist Hugh Wilson explains why carbon credits are important:

 

Hugh Wilson at Hinewai Reserve

Forest Regeneration

Located near the Kathmandu Christchurch office, the Hinewai project focuses on the regeneration of native vegetation and habitat for wildlife. Since 1987, the Hinewai Reserve has grown from a 109 hectare block of farmland to 1230 hectares of regenerating native bush.

Hinewai Reserve Manager Hugh Wilson was known as the ‘gorse farmer’ by locals. After farmers spent decades battling invasive plants like gorse, Hugh pioneered a way to use gorse as a shelter plant for regenerating natives.

This forest regeneration, along with predator control, has helped many bird species thrive in the reserve. Bellbirds, grey warblers, tomtits and pigeons are now regularly sighted. Tui, re–introduced in 2009, are also settling in.

Hinewai: a premium carbon credit

Last year we measured 940 tonnes of carbon dioxide in staff travel. We offset those emissions via Enviro-Mark Solutions by purchasing $19,000 of credits towards Hinewai Reserve.

Stewart McKenzie, from Enviro-Mark Solutions, independently assesses our emissions.

“Carbon credits are awarded to special projects that are either renewable energy regeneration projects or energy efficiency projects — or projects that store or sequester carbon which is an example forest sequestration like Hinewai,” Stewart said.

“Hinewai is a special, premium carbon credit because not only do they offset carbon but there is a whole lot of other associated benefits — things like erosion control, water, biodiversity.”

Carbon credits are just one way we manage our carbon footprint. Learn more about our carbon emissions.