Climate Change Te Kounga Paparangi

Change is here. From Aoraki,
across the high country, down
the awa, across wetlands to te
moana; the takiwā is changing.

Many of our marae, urupā and wāhi tapu are in low-lying coastal areas, exposed to rising sea levels and flooding. Our glaciers are melting and mahinga kai is becoming scarcer. Many of our taonga species are struggling to adapt to the changes and are at risk of survival. Papatūānuku is hurting.

Our Climate Change Action Plan, Te Kounga Paparangi, sets ambitious goals to ensure our organisation is taking on the challenge of climate change. These actions are guided by our overarching Climate Change Strategy Te Tāhū o te Whāriki (Anchoring the Foundations).

Our approach is founded in mātauranga and grounded in science. We are drawing on the wisdom of our tīpuna, while embracing innovation and experimentation to forge a path into the future.

Our Path to Change

Te Kounga Paparangi is grounded across eight pou – influencing every part of our operations for the better.
By taking action, we’re embracing the opportunity for meaningful change. We’re experimenting with innovative solutions across industries to mitigate climate change, build resilience, and promote sustainable business practices.

What Our Future Holds

We have bold, ambitious, and exciting targets for the future. Our goals demand much more from us in emissions reduction, water management, whānau support, and taonga species protection – and map our course to a better tomorrow for our people now, and for generations to come.

2050 Targets - A Snapshot

→ Become carbon neutral.
→ Ensure Government accountability for climate goals.
→ Work with Government on climate change impacts on Settlement assets, tribal lands, and resources.
→ Positively impact whānau affected by climate change.
→ Create a diverse and resilient asset base contributing positively to the world reflecting our social, environmental and Ngāi Tahutanga aspirations.
→ Implement initatives to minimise environmental changes that impact Ngāi Tahu cultural identity.
→ Actively protect, restore and enhance abundant places and species.

Discover the many ways we're taking on the challenge of climate change.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Ngāi Tahu Group is committed to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions in line with the international science-based targets (SBTi) approach. Our targets are:

·        to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions and employee commuting by 42 percent by 2030 (excluding ‘before the farm gate’ agricultural emissions’)

·        to reduce ‘before the farm gate’ agricultural emissions by 30 percent by 2030

·        for 67 percent of Scope 3 emissions suppliers to have externally verified SBTi aligned emission reductions targets and plans.

Our largest source of GHG emissions is biogenic methane (herd count) on our farming operations, accounting for more than 60 percent of emissions across Ngāi Tahu Group.

The second highest source is fuel, primarily contractor diesel used in our forestry operations, making up about 17 percent of emissions.

Synthetic fertilisers used in farming and international air freight to export live seafood to China are also large emissions sources.

Scope 1 – Direct Emissions: GHG emissions from the Group’s owned and controlled sources, including enteric fermentation from livestock, fuel, fertiliser, and refrigerants.

Scope 2 – Indirect Emissions from purchased energy: GHG emissions from Group electricity use.

Scope 3 – Indirect Value Chain Emissions: GHG emissions from assets not owned or controlled by the Group. These include freight, business travel, contractor fuel, and waste.


How to use this map

Click on the dots below to find details of a business unit’s emissions. Note that some dots contain multiple business units – use the arrows in the pop-out box to scroll through the locations.

Managing Our Risk

Ngāi Tahu management regularly review and report on business risks, including climate change-related matters. These risks are then reviewed by leadership and our Boards and incorporated into planning and strategy.

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