At Kiwi Self Storage we are dedicated to a creating sustainable future. We want to help lead New Zealand’s transition to a resilient, zero-carbon economy for the benefit of all Kiwis.
As such we are proud to be New Zealand's first and only Toitū carbonzero certified self storage organisation. This means our self storage facilities have effectively neutralised their carbon footprint to achieve net zero emissions.
Why the Toitū carbonzero certification?
1. It is the first greenhouse gas certification program in the world to achieve international accreditation1. This means our certification is recognised in over 60 countries.
2. Toitū carbonzero certification means our carbon footprint, emission reductions and offsets have been independently verified.
3. Toitū carbonzero programme requirements meet and exceed international standards and best practice, including ISO 14064-1 and the GHG Protocol.
4. It was developed from solid science at Landcare Research, a New Zealand Government owned Crown Research Institute.
5. So our customers can be sure we have been assessed comprehensively to the most rigorous international standards available for measuring and managing a carbon footprint.
The certification process:
1. We MEASURE the greenhouse gas emissions associated with running our self storage facilities, including electricity, business travel, fuel, paper, and waste.
2. We commit to MANAGING and REDUCING these emissions by setting targets and reporting on emissions reduction performance.
3. Toitū carbonzero AUDIT our emissions on an annual basis.
4. We MITIGATE the emissions we can’t reduce by purchasing verified carbon credits from the New Zealand Emissions Unit Register.
Kiwi Self Storage meets the requirements of Toitū carbonzero certification having measured our greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the requirements of ISO 14064-1:2006, committed to managing and reducing its emissions and neutralised our remaining unavoidable emissions through the cancellation of an appropriate number of verified carbon credits in respect of the operational activities of our self storage facilities.
1 source Toitu - https://www.toitu.co.nz/about-us#accreditation
Emission Mitigation - How we are reducing our emissions
As part of step 4 in the certification process we are required to develop plans to reduce our measured emissions where possible before offsetting them. As the bulk of our emissions were from electricity use, our projects involve reducing this use. Two of our most recent projects are:
Transition to LED Lighting
We have covered our plan to reduce emissions through conversion of lighting to LEDs in this article.Kiwi Self Storage Transition to LED
Solar Panel Installation at Storage Facilities
Kiwi Self Storage Newlands in Wellington, New Zealand was recently expanded to increase the number of self storage units available. During this expansion solar panels providing 10KW of electricity were installed on the roof. This installation is expected to reduce electricity usage at this facility by up to 15%. Further solar installations are planned to begin soon at some of our facilities in Auckland. Planned system sizes could be around 30-70KW.
Carbon Credits - Turning our carbon emissions into low carbon, fair trade growth for developing communities
This year due to lower local credit availability, Toitu have offered us an accredited project from overseas to offset our emissions.
All emissions created by our business are offset by purchasing verified carbon credits issued by an NGO based in the Netherlands. ICCO Cooperation is an NGO that helps people in Africa, Asia and Latin America to gain economic independence. It has joined forces with Vogelbescherming (Society for the Protection of Birds) and its local partners work on nature restoration. They do this together with the Fair Climate Fund, which focuses on cleaner cooking and reforestation, thus reducing fuelwood demand so fewer trees are cut down.
In the Sahel region in Northern Africa in countries such as Burkina Faso, the forests are being cut down for agriculture, building materials or fuel. These forests are home for migratory birds overwintering in the area from Europe. This area is also home to the shea tree, source of shea nuts from which shea butter is produced. Due to its many qualities and richness in vitamins and fats, the global demand for shea butter for products such as cosmetics grows fast. The degradation of the forests is also effecting the production of Shea butter which is mainly produced by local women and brings in much needed income.
Birds, Bees and Business, along with its partners are connecting local producers of Shea with international markets via fair trade initiatives. This income means that land does not need to be cleared for other uses such as agriculture. At the same time the forest is being replanted so that it can be managed in a sustainable way and provide fuel for cooking and production of Shea butter which requires heat.
The new forest planting not allocated for fuel or timber production becomes a stable home for the migratory birds. It also provides available carbon offsetting as it meets the international criteria. This means that any credits in excess of the offset for the managed forests use as fuel, becomes available for offsetting elsewhere.
By teaming up with businesses, a unique solution emerges that offers the local population a sustainable source of income through fair trade and makes long-term nature restoration possible.
For more information please follow these links.
Birds,Bees and Business
ICCO Birds, Bees and Business