“Getting to carbon zero may help save the planet by avoiding a climate disaster, but we believe carbon zero is just the starting point,” says owner Robert Creemers.
“To heal the planet, we need to go beyond carbon zero.”
Formed in 1991, APS provides a diverse range of services to restore, enhance and protect the value of its clients’ commercial properties.
An important part of that has always been a strong commitment to managing the company’s own environmental footprint, which led to its push to attain carbon zero certification from Toitū Envirocare in 2019.
To achieve this, APS offsets its carbon emissions by sequestering carbon through native bush regeneration on its own properties, as well as undertaking forestry planting, re-establishment of wetlands and carrying out intensive pest eradication.
This year alone, the APS team have planted more than 10,000 plants during four planting weekends at its largest conservation site at Raurimu.
GATHERING DATA AND MAKING CHANGES
APS began its journey towards becoming carbon neutral by spending nearly a year gathering emissions data, mainly in the areas of fuel, waste, travel and electricity, which yielded many useful insights, Robert says.
“We not only got into the detail of where our emissions were coming from, and how we could start reducing them, but we also got to review our entire business and understand where we could be more efficient, not only for the environment, but financially,” he says.
Through undertaking that process, APS has been able to achieve annual cost savings by reducing waste output, as well as reducing water and energy costs - and so far, those savings have exceeded the cost of the audit process.