Your decarbonisation journey starts here
Welcome to the Covered Cropping Decarbonisation Pathway. Supported by TomatoesNZ, Vegetables New Zealand and NZ Plant Producers, the pathway provides tailored tools and resources to help vegetable and plant growers lower your emissions.
The climate impact of the covered cropping sector
Covered cropping provides New Zealand with year-round food security — particularly important during winter, when severe weather events are more common and can affect food production.
New Zealand's weather and climate is variable from season to season, which impacts our ability to grow fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, and fungi. Growing fresh produce in greenhouses means that New Zealanders can get fresh, locally grown food at any time of year, and producers can continue to trade.
Most greenhouse growers are based in the North Island, with large and medium growers making up around 85% of the industry. The industry’s emissions largely come from coal and gas used to heat the greenhouses during the colder months.
A lot of covered cropping growers are feeling the effects of climate change, with increasingly unpredictable weather and rising fuel costs challenging growers’ ability to grow all year round.
Small steps taken by covered cropping growers across New Zealand will help reduce the impact of the industry on the climate, future proof businesses and provide food security for people.
This pathway focuses on reducing carbon emissions coming from fossil fuels, which ultimately means reducing the use of coal and gas across the growing process.
But remember, reducing emissions makes not only good environmental sense, but good business sense too.
The business good of decarbonisation
Switching away from fossil fuels can have many benefits for business, beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Cost savings – reduce operating costs through energy efficiency and fuel switching.
- Social license – improve your reputation with socially responsible consumers and investors.
- Brand value – tap into new markets, spark innovation and create business opportunities.
- Employee engagement – attract and retain talent.
- Compliance – stay ahead of regulation for climate change mitigation.
People want to change, they just want to do so when they are confident they can manage or eliminate the risks and know that their business is viable and sustainable beyond that change. In our view, it’s a good investment for your business.
The sooner the switch, the greater the reward
The earlier businesses make changes, the faster potential cost-savings can be unlocked. By switching to low-emissions solutions soon, you can protect your business from potential fossil fuel supply and cost uncertainty. In addition, by acting quickly, your businesses may be able to get ahead of the pack for popular technologies – particularly if there is competition for limited resources.