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Raising the bar on carbon

Politics Times Age

Tui Brewery.PHOTO/FACEBOOK GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz It’s not just the government aiming to cut down carbon emissions.DB Breweries announced plans last week to halve its carbon emissions by 2030.
'Tui Brewery.PHOTO/FACEBOOK GIANINA SCHWANECKE gianina.schwanecke@age.co.nz It’s not just the government aiming to cut down carbon emissions.DB Breweries announced plans last week to halve its carbon emissions by 2030.The Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka makes up just one per cent of DB Breweries’ emissions but there are plans to improve efficiency onsite too, corporate affairs director Amber McEwen said. “While the headline actions in our carbon reduction roadmap are focused on our largest sites, we will be continuing our focus on improving energy efficiency at the brewery.” She said that the majority of the company’s carbon footprint was generated during the production process. “We can reduce the amount of emissions in production through a variety of things, such as energy efficiencies and switching to using renewable energy. “We’ve reduced the emissions generated in production by 47 per cent since 2008 and we will continue to build on our actions to date to reach our 2030 targets.” Using renewable energy sources and electrifying their vehicle fleet are part of their plans to reduce emissions at their larger production sites in Auckland and Timaru.In Wairarapa, water is one of the key areas of focus, with the Tui Brewery having reduced water consumption by about 25 per cent since 2008.Staff also participate in extensive planting and clean-ups along the Mangatainoka River.To date, more than 2000 natives have been planted.Managing director Peter Simons said climate change was a significant threat to the future of the planet. “By sharing our carbon footprint and specific plans for further reduction in emissions, we hope to inspire action.” Simons said he was proud of what had been accomplished over the past 10 years. “Our focus now is on doing what we can to reach the critical milestones we’re aiming for over the next 10 years.” . The post Raising the bar on carbon appeared first on Times Age .'

SEEN: SC school holidays

School and Education Timaru Courier

School holiday entertainment was provided by YMCA Mid and South Canterbury staff at Caroline Bay, including zorbs, hockey, games and more, while Arowhenua Whānau Services hosted a whānau fun day at Arowhenua Marae, near Temuka, on Monday. The day
'School holiday entertainment was provided by YMCA Mid and South Canterbury staff at Caroline Bay, including zorbs, hockey, games and more, while Arowhenua Whānau Services hosted a whānau fun day at Arowhenua Marae, near Temuka, on Monday. The day included rock painting, tī rākau (stick games), kapa haka and pūrākau (Māori storytelling). Courier reporter Greta Yeoman snapped some of the fun. #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item1 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenYMCA2-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item2 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenAro2-1-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item3 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenYMCA3-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item4 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenAro4-1-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item5 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenYMCA4-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item6 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenYMCA1-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item7 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenAro3-1-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } #td_uid_1_5d325b5130eac .td-doubleSlider-2 .td-item8 { background: url(http://www.timarucourier.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/tc18SeenAro1-1-80x60.jpg) 0 0 no-repeat; } 1 of 8 Zorb time . . . Tayte Severinsen (12, left) and Riley Cook (11) took part in a school holiday activity day last week. Kai time . . . Arowhenua Whanau Services' whanau fun day attendees (from left) Alisha Steer (7), Jenna Steer, Charlotte Walker (7), Amelia Walker (11) and Kirstyn Walker enjoy lunch at the marae. Game on . . . Ayaka Nukasaka (16, left), Ayano Shiroshima (16) and Manami Saito (17) were playing Jenga during last Thursday's activities. Rock art . . . Young artists (from left) Tyler Manson-Cunard (8), Isabella Brundell (3, front), Xavier Barrett (8) and Jeremiah Barrett (7) show off some of their painted rocks. On the court . . . Timaru teenagers were out playing hockey at Caroline Bay last week. Bounce! . . . Olly George (12, left), Nephi Reihana (11) and Jonathan Grant (11) tried out zorbs during the YMCA Mid and South Canterbury school holiday activities at Caroline Bay last Thursday. PHOTOS: GRETA YEOMAN Holiday entertainment . . .  Tayla Steer (13, left) and Summer Diprose (11) attended the fun day. Whanau fun . . . Che Reihana (12, left), Bryce Barrett (12, centre) and Nephi Reihana (11) attended Arowhenua Whanau Services' whanau fun day earlier this week. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN'

Zero policy backed

Politics Times Age

A lack of action to reduce crashes on State Highway 2 is beginning to frustrate mayors.
'A lack of action to reduce crashes on State Highway 2 is beginning to frustrate mayors.PHOTO/FILE But frustrations grow over lack of action on State Highway 2 EMMA BROWN emma.brown@age.co.nz Wairarapa councils and mayors are weighing in on the government’s proposed new road safety strategy Road to Zero – while becoming increasingly frustrated about the lack of action on making State Highway 2 safer.The strategy approach – ‘No death or serious injury while travelling on our roads is acceptable’ – aims to reduce road deaths by 40 per cent by 2030.The strategy will be out for consultation until August.Wairarapa road safety manager Bruce Pauling said, “it is great to have the aspirations, but we need tangible infrastructure on the ground. “An aim and the philosophy with the agencies creating the infrastructure nationally, it is the way to go.” South Wairarapa District Council chief executive Harry Wilson said most countries that had achieved a significant reduction in road trauma had done so by using targets such as Vision Zero. “New Zealand’s road trauma is not acceptable, and we owe it to our family members, friends, and work colleagues to adopt the best possible policies and actions to make our roads safer and reduce unnecessary harm.” South Wairarapa Deputy Mayor Brian Jephson said any moves to help reduce the road toll had to be a good thing. “I definitely think that some of our roads in South Wairarapa could have lower speed limits. “We have so many windy, narrow roads and lots of logging and cattle trucks, and tourists.” Carterton Mayor John Booth said it was “a worthy aspirational goal to have a zero target for road deaths and we are always happy to work with the NZTA in trying to achieve this”. The main trouble spots in Carterton are the intersection points between SH2 and the district’s roads, he said.Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said she has seen a presentation on the Road to Zero document but finds safety a complex issue. “The reasons for the road toll are many and varied,” she said.The government’s release of the Road to Zero strategy comes weeks before NZTA is expected to come back to Wairarapa about the dangerous section of SH2 between Masterton and Carterton.NZTA was vague on Thursday on whether the Road to Zero plan would affect work being planned.Mayors and the public are becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of a resolution for the dangerous stretch. “The potential for a fatal accident makes it very serious,” Booth said. “It is frustrating especially as we are seeing a number of recent accidents at intersections along this stretch of SH2.” Patterson said the worry was that even if a plan gets approved, it is unsure if there will be funding for what needs to get done.She feels Wairarapa is a bit of a “forgotten region”. Pauling said he hoped to see a long-term plan for the whole network and short-term safety improvements implemented as funding became available. “Then we can see what we are working towards.” Mark Owen, NZTA regional transport systems manager said the agency “will be talking with the community in the coming months to seek their feedback on proposals for making this road safer”. “We are also aware that speed is a concern on this section of road and will consider this as part of our efforts to make this road safer,” Owen said. “It’s important to note that getting changes to speed limits – temporary or permanent – is a legislative process, and so is not a quick one. “This is an important project for us, and we are keen to take the steps that will help prevent deaths and serious injuries both now and into the future.” . The post Zero policy backed appeared first on Times Age .'