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Create your climate action plan

The Climate Action Toolbox makes it easy to measure your carbon footprint and identify the most relevant action to help your business cut emissions.

What the toolbox does for you

The Climate Action Toolbox is designed with Kiwi small businesses in mind, to make it as easy as possible for you to take climate action. We want every business in New Zealand to get involved. 

We’ve just released our new and improved toolbox, so it’s now easier for any business to take climate action. 

The toolbox helps you:

  • measure your carbon footprint 
  • identify the most relevant actions to help your business cut emissions
  • set a reduction target
  • track your progress
  • view next steps at a glance. 

We’ve also added tailored advice to different sectors, starting with construction. 

Start today with the two-minute assessment.

Use Climate Action Toolbox(external link) 

How to get started today

The Climate Action Toolbox focuses on key areas where your business could reduce its carbon footprint:

  • moving people
  • moving goods
  • site operations and equipment
  • office operations
  • designing and making products.

You complete a short self-assessment to identify which of these areas are relevant to your business. You then get a tailored plan, which lays out specific actions you could take. 

These actions could be really simple and easy to adopt, like reviewing the materials your team buys and looking to swap for a more sustainable option, or cutting back on your team’s travel by encouraging working from home. Or they could be bigger ticket items, like finding ways to design out waste and carbon for your products or buildings, or looking into electric or hybrid vehicles. 

We designed the Toolbox with Kiwi small businesses in mind, to make it as easy as possible for you to take climate action. We want every business in New Zealand to get involved. The construction industry now has step-by-step guides and case studies specific to the industry.

The Toolbox outlines more than 40 actions you could take to reduce your carbon emissions, with step-by-step guides on each of them. It also includes more than 40 case studies of businesses already making these climate actions work for them.

After measuring your footprint the toolbox will recommend actions to help your business cut emissions. The toolbox sets a reduction target too, showing you and your business what to aim for in the future.

Start building your action plan(external link)

The Toolbox also includes a free emissions calculator to help you identify the key areas for reducing your footprint.

Select an initial 12-month period and enter data about energy and fuel use, freight, business travel, waste and more.

Once you’ve entered your data you’ll be able to see your total emissions and where they can be reduced. The results will also allow you to set a clear benchmark for monitoring progress year on year.

Start using the emissions calculator(external link)

Every bit helps

You don’t have to work in a field like manufacturing or transport to make an impact.

The toolbox has been used almost 43,000 times since it was launched in 2021.

So far, the majority of users of the Climate Action Toolbox work in an office-type environment.

You can reduce the impacts of your daily office life by using less energy, looking at your supply chain and managing your waste. Small actions all add up.

See how to make a difference through your office operations(external link)

Trustworthy and useful

The Toolbox is a collaboration between the public and private sector. Initiated by the Sustainable Business Network, and co-led with, the group now includes Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency), New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA), BNZ, Spark and design agency DNA.

The result is a Toolbox created specifically for small New Zealand businesses. Feedback so far shows that users find it authoritative, trustworthy and useful, with information conveyed in an easy to understand format.

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