Carbon Offset Scheme & Tree Gift Certificates
“Offsetting” is paying someone else to reduce your carbon emissions or absorb carbon in some way rather than reducing your own greenhouse gas emissions. As such it is not a long-term sustainable solution to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions but can be useful in the short-term.
Offsetting is frequently used when it is not practical for the individual, business or organisation to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions such as air travel for work. By purchasing offsets some of the damage done can be reduced.
Offsets normally involve tree planting, energy conservation, renewable energy sources and funding climate related research.
Carbon Neutral NZ Trust Offset Scheme
Carbon Neutral NZ Trust is developing a carbon offsetting scheme whereby all offsetting donations received will be spent in the local area from which the donation came supporting local projects and businesses that will in turn reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Offset funds received will be used to support many local community initiatives which may include the installation of PVC solar panels on community houses, buying electric vehicles for local schools/community organisations, supporting better insulation of social housing, purchasing electric bikes or planting trees in community owned open spaces to sequester carbon.
Offsets received up to June 2022 have been spent on the creation of a wildlife corridor along the banks of the Wairoa Stream and tributaries in Kerikeri. This project has been running for 10 years and in 2022 received a Northland Regional Council award for Environment Action in the Community. View more information on this project including maps, images and videos.
What is the cost of an offset?
The offset amount is calculated using the amount of CO2e that you wish to offset. Carbon Neutral NZ Trust is presently using NZ$60 per tonne of CO2e. You will need to calculate the tonnage CO2e and then multiple this by $60. We have set out some examples here.
How do I pay for the offset?
You can pay to our bank account as follows:
Our Bank Account is 38-9019-085-4429-00 (Kiwibank)
Please add the following particulars
Particulars = Your Surname
Code = Offset
Reference = your Postal Code (we use postal codes to determine your location so that we can allocate accumulated offsets from your locality to projects in the same area).
Alternatively, you can pay by credit card or PayPal using the link at the base of the page. Please ensure that you include your postal code in the address details so that we can allocate accumulated offsets from your locality to projects in the same area.
Tree Gift Certificates
We are offering beautiful festive season Tree Gift Certificates for family and friends.
You can make a carbon offset donation to our charitable Carbon Neutral NZ Trust, which will be used to plant native trees along the Wairoa Stream in Kerikeri (or at other suitable projects) to sequester CO2. One tree for $5.
Donations can be made by credit card using the PayPal "Donate" button below. Please include the name of the recipient. We will email the certificate with their name on it to you.