“The results from the pilot programme… showed this was a worthwhile investment. If all of the 16,000 tourism businesses in New Zealand made similar savings to businesses in the pilot programme, that’s nearly $500 million dollars a year that could be invested elsewhere,” said Mr Brownlee
Twelve tourism businesses identified potential energy savings worth $375,000 a year, and annual savings of over 700 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to taking 170 cars off the road.
It’s an effective programme where pilots have shown real savings, and the potential is huge if it can be expanded to the whole industry. Indeed, it’s a very good “hug a polar bear” initiative from the Government.
Hang on, didn’t the Government bag the bears recently? A statement from Russel Norman a month ago, following the Government’s axing of the Govt3 “hug a polar bear initiative”, showed that:
The Inland Revenue Department made a profit from sustainability initiatives last year, cutting energy and travel spending by over one million dollars. The savings … include:
- Annual energy efficiency and conservation savings $337,000
- Annual air travel savings (extrapolated from a six month figure) $600,000
- Annual paper savings $100,000
- Annual petrol savings $4,510
[T]he Minister for the Environment also revealed …that ‘savings of $4.7 million have been achieved across a range of areas’ as a result of the now dumped Govt3 sustainability programmes.
So Govt3 was an effective programme where pilots have shown real savings, and the potential is huge if it can be expanded to the whole public sector – one that would save the taxpayer and lead by example.
Yet this was dumped. Go figure!