How to use these resources
These tools and resources have been developed by industry experts and are supported by Horticulture NZ and Vegetables NZ. A selection of key resources and information relevant to this sector are available below.
Covered Cropping Decarbonisation Pathway
The Covered Cropping Decarbonisation Pathway takes an energy efficiency first approach. While the end goal is to move away from fossil fuels, taking steps to improve existing processes, equipment and operations will make the transition more efficient and cost effective.
The pathway has been broken up into 5 steps, which provide key information for New Zealand growers, no matter how far along the decarbonisation journey you are.
Step 1: Increase engagement and awareness
Understanding the emissions impact of businesses in the covered cropping sector is a key step towards beginning your decarbonisation journey. Having awareness of which processes are carbon intensive can help identify your opportunities. Whilst engaging your staff and including them on the journey is proven to increase results.
Step 2: Measure emissions and set targets
Knowing what to measure and how to measure it is an important step in decarbonising. In this section, find resources and tools to measure and account for energy consumption and see how your business compares to others within the covered cropping sector.
Step 3: Optimise equipment and improve processes
Reviewing and adjusting the way equipment performs can be a big win for energy reduction, as well as cost and productivity.
Step 4: Reduce energy demand
New technology or upgrades to existing processes can reduce energy demand.
Step 5: Switching to renewable energy
Fuel switching to renewable energy sources is the final step to decarbonising. By following steps 1-4, you'll be in the best position to make an informed decision about fuel switching, in the most cost-effective way.