MBIE’s sustainability framework supports both the Government’s commitment to having a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 and broader cultural, economic, environmental and social outcomes for the country in the transition to a low-emissions economy.
We have measured and reported on our operational emissions since 2018/19 and have set science aligned targets to reduce emissions by 25% by 2025 and 46% by 2030, compared with base year 2018/19. Our 2022/23 emissions are within our 2025 emissions reduction target trajectory, and have been achieved through the implementation of the following initiatives:
- Prioritising and managing employee travel demand to meet our emissions reduction targets through budget alignment and real time reporting tools.
- Embedding sustainability into our property and leasing strategies, prioritising energy and emissions efficiency in our office buildings, realising opportunities for decarbonisation and understanding the embodied and operational carbon of our construction projects through lifecycle assessments.
- Improving the operational efficiency of our fleet and transition 100% of light vehicles to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025.
- Identifying opportunities in our procurement processes to reduce operational emissions and improve sustainability reporting.
- Partnering with the business to increase awareness and build capability in sustainability.
We are committed to understanding and addressing the actual and potential effects of climate change on our own operations, strategy and investments. Aligned with the External Reporting Board’s Aotearoa New Zealand Climate Standards, and the Task Force on Climate related Financial Disclosures framework, we are developing a regulatory system based approach to identifying, assessing, managing and reporting on the climate related risks and opportunities that MBIE is exposed to. We are piloting this approach with the building regulatory system and housing and tenancy regulatory system, to develop the methodology, implementation tools and guidance relevant to other regulatory systems and public sector organisations.
For more information about our sustainability work programme and Carbon Neutral Government Programme reporting, see Appendix 9, page 243, in the PDF format of this report.
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