Jan 19 2018

Greenhouse Energy Usage and Waste Survey

The survey is now CLOSED.  A summary of key findings from the survey will be published in May's NZ Grower.                                                                                                                                                     

We have recently sent out an energy usage and waste survey to all greenhouse growers that we have email addresses for.  If you haven’t received it it may be because we do not have a current email address for you.   The survey can be accessed here, or you can contact me for a copy at: Karen.orr@hortnz.co.nz or 04-494 9984.

As you may be aware, on 18th December the Government announced the process for a Zero Carbon Bill, which sets the high-level legislative framework for climate change policy.   During 2018 the Government intend to set a target for 2050 and establish an independent Climate Change Commission.   Key issues for the Climate Change group include agriculture and renewable energy, and this will affect how the ETS programme operates over time.

We can expect public consultation on this by mid-2018 thus it’s important that we have up-to-date information on our growers’ energy use and greenhouse practices in order to speak on your behalf with Government. 

We estimate the survey it will take between 5 -10 minutes to complete if you have your energy bills ready to refer to.  We have also included questions on waste management practices given the importance of this area on our industry’s long-term sustainability.   Some of the information may be hard to put a figure on so really your best guess would be suitable.

We last gathered data on greenhouse carbon foot prints in a 2008 survey and a lot has changed since then, so to best represent you for support with research, new technology developments and implementation, and sharing best practice your help is needed.  Your individual responses will remain confidential and the information provided will only be used in a combined industry format that does not identify individual operations.   

In order to start pulling together data received, we ask that you please complete this survey by 28 February 2018.


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