Since 1992, together with the Department of Conservation, we have been managing the restoration of Otukaikino, a 13-ha freshwater wetland reserve. For each funeral we conduct, Lamb & Hayward donates funds to the Department of Conservation for native trees to be planted and cared for by our full-time on-site Ranger.
Furthermore to our commitment of the environment, Lamb & Hayward signed up as a carbon zero certified organisation in 2012. As New Zealand’s only carbon zero certified funeral home we are committed to managing and reducing our emissions and neutralising those remaining unavoidable emissions through the cancellation of an appropriate number of verified carbon credits, this is achieved by us supporting the Hinewai Reserve. The reserve was established in 1987 and is comprised of more than 1000 ha on Banks Peninsula. The land is owned by a private charitable trust whose prime aim is the protection and restoration of native vegetation and wildlife. Previous land cover was farm land but this has been allowed to naturally regenerate and now attracts visitors and scientists from around the world. Bellbirds, Grey Warblers, Tomtits and Pigeon are all regularly sighted on the numerous walking tracks on the reserve.
What have we done to achieve our certification?
Our ongoing commitment to managing our emissions has resulted in us reducing our Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 24 tonnes (tCO2e). We continue to implement new ways to be more environmentally friendly and to reduce our GHG emissions.
What are we continuing to do?
- Investigate and implement new practices to reduce GHG emissions.
- Turn off computers, lights and other appliances when not required.
- Recycle and divert from the landfill.
- Plan our journeys and drive responsibly to minimise unnecessary fuel use.
If you would like to know more about our carbon zero achievements please visit www.enviro-mark.com.