Creating a competitive advantage and a healthy environment for now and future generations in Southland
  • Creating a competitive advantage and a healthy environment for now and future generations in Southland

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What is Carbon Neutral Advantage

Carbon Neutral Advantage will bring business and community together throughout Southland to equip our economy for a low emission future. This initiative will help businesses respond to the challenge of climate change and carbon trading by accelerating the uptake of new technology and offsetting opportunities. 

Tell us what is needed

We want to hear from Southland Businesses to find out what the priorities, challenges, pressures and opportunities are in response to the changing legislative environment (Zero Carbon Act and changes to the ETS ) and the impact of climate change to enable our economy to thrive.

Thank you for agreeing to participate in this survey, all information will be used in confidence.

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Our Objectives

2018 - 2021

  • Support businesses and communities to transition to a low-emission environment
  • Establish regional greenhouse gas emission baseline
  • Identify opportunities for emissions reductions and undertake collaborative projects
  • Share learnings between businesses, industries and sectors
  • Investigate feasibility of regional carbon financial tool


How we'll measure success

  • Lower greenhouse gas emissions
  • Cleaner air and healthy communities
  • Lower emission transport and safer roads
  • Reduced waste and cleaner water
  • Smart business practices
  • Warmand dry homes

Our Services

Our team is here to support your business or community to thrive in this changing environment. 

We can support you with: Measuring emissions and mitigation opportunities, Funding opportunities, Specialist assistance and research, Renewable energy opportunities, LEAN and circular economy techniques, Offsetting emission opportunities

Help us to build an accurate picture of regional emissions and technology projects by contributing your information and helping us shape goals and collaborative initiatives for the region.  

Contact us to let us know how we can work together.


    Project Leadership

    The steering group will be complemented by an advisory group with wider industry and stakeholder representatives. Please contact us if you would like to join the project advisory group.

    Steering Group

    Stewart Hamilton - NZAS
    Richard Gray - Fonterra
    Jason Franklin - PowerNet
    Glenys Dickson - Community
    Dale Cocker - HW Richardson Group
    Chris Fleck - Real Journeys
    Mark Grover - Rayonier
    Paul Bull - EECA
    Rob Phillips - Environment Southland
    Terry Genet - Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
    Mark Hamill - Farmer

    Our Partners

    The project is being delivered by Venture Southland and is funded by the Ministry for the Environment Community Environment Fund and the Tindall Foundation. The project aims to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    While we do our best to reduce our waste, this project will also be offset with tree plantings around the Southland region