This means that we undergo regular carbon audits by the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) in order to understand how much CO2 emissions we are producing. This allows us to investigate opportunities to cut down on these emissions through more efficient energy practices and staff education. We also purchase carbon credits to help offset our emissions based on the results of the audits.
In each of the programs that Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd, the largest producers of CO2 emissions are the international flights to and from your destination. As airfares are not included in our program fees, we are happy to give you the opportunity to offset the greenhouse emissions from your flights via the CRI’s Carbon Offset Calculator. Offsetting will make your program 100% carbon neutral. The calculator will also give you the option to offset a variety of other activities which you may be involved in. To visit the Carbon Offset Calculator simply click on the image on the left.
Student Exchange Australia New Zealand Ltd is committed to reducing our carbon footprint to help contribute to a more sustainable future. We do this by:
For a range of other ideas which you could try to implement in your household, visit the Carbon Reduction Institute’s page for individuals and families.
We have included some additional information for you below, to provide an overview of what climate change and global warming is all about. This information comes from both the Australian Department of Climate Change, WWF Australia and the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment.
Climate change is one of the greatest economic, social, and environmental challenges of our time. Expert scientific evidence confirms that human activity is altering the climate. This is changing rainfall patterns, reducing water availability in Australia and increasing the frequency of severe weather events such as bushfires and storms. 1
Globally, 11 of the last 12 years have been among the 12 warmest in the history of global surface temperature records.
In Australia, the average maximum temperature rose 0.8ºC from 1910 to 2004, with most of this increase occurring since 1950.
Temperature increases in New Zealand have followed a similar pattern to Australia. Average temperatures in New Zealand are projected to increase about 1°C by around 2040 and about 2.1°C by around 2090. 3
For too long we have poured greenhouse pollution into the atmosphere and we are continuing to do so at an alarming rate. Science tells us that this pollution is causing climate change.
We are already starting to feel the effects of this pollution. And projections show that if we don't act, it will only get worse with changing temperatures and rainfall patterns, more droughts, floods, water shortages, rising sea levels and extreme weather.
Australia - already the driest inhabited continent on Earth - is particularly vulnerable to climate change. The longer we wait to act on climate change, the more it will cost and the worse its effects will be. 4
Australians are the highest per-capita greenhouse gas polluters in the developed world. This is due to the fact that we generate electricity largely by burning high-emission coal and we use energy inefficiently.
Australia's total emissions are similar in magnitude to those of the United Kingdom and France, yet those countries have much larger populations. 5
In New Zealand likely climate change impacts include:
So, everyone should do what they can to help support an ecologically sustainable future and minimise the impacts of global warming.
If you’d like to read through some more information on Climate Change and Global Warming you may find the following sites to be a good start.