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In response to our role in reducing Aotearoa New Zealand’s carbon emissions – we’re in the process of developing the world’s first comprehensive steel product offset calculator.

This is part of our steel product carbon offset program – Tātaitai Puhanga Waro (mo te Hua Rino), which has been developed to provide a robust carbon offsetting program for steel products in New Zealand.

Reducing the steel industry’s emissions is a big challenge. This is because carbon is primarily used in the steel making process as a reductant (rather than a fuel). And currently, no commercially viable alternative exists for coal as the reductant in steel making.

Until such an alternative is developed, it is important for the industry to utilise carbon offsetting as a mechanism to reduce net emissions.

 

How it works

  1. Emissions for most steel products used in New Zealand are calculated using our online calculator [1];
  2. Emissions are then offset via Ekos through the calculator itself. It has a requirement for the offsets to be focused on the planting and protection of native forests which in turn provides additional biodiversity and human capital benefits; and
  3. Ekos will send a receipt and certificate via email to show that emissions for a particular project/product have been offset.

 

Why will this program be trustworthy and credible?

  • It is based on science!
    The core offsetting calculations in this program are based on life cycle assessment (LCA) and environmental product declarations (EPDs). This means the data is publicly available and peer-reviewed, and calculated in a consistent and comparable way across products.
  • Independence
    In consultation with us, the program rules were developed by independent sustainability advisors at thinkstep-anz. HERA, as an independent research association, has no vested interest in supporting one steel product, supplier or manufacturer above another.
  • Offsets that are trustworthy and have broader sustainability benefits
    Ekos is a New Zealand social enterprise that grows and protects indigenous forests, developing sustainable development outcomes in rural communities. Ekos’s carbon credits arise from establishing new forests and protecting existing forests indefinitely from logging. These conservation activities create measured, reported and verified carbon benefits. Ekos is recognised as a credible carbon offsetting scheme by ConsumerNZ[2].
[1] Alternatively, calculations can be performed manually using the guidance found in the programme rules
[2] https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/carbon-offset-schemes