Ministry for the Environment – resources for the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme
The Ministry for the Environment offers a number of resources to help suppliers and consumers comply with the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS).
In announcing the introduction of the WELS on 1 April 2010, Minister of Consumer Affairs Heather Roy said, 'Being able to reduce water use lessens demand on water supply infrastructure and may avoid the need to invest in new plant or storage lakes, or to extract more water from rivers. It is also important for those consumers who pay for water, or who have restricted supplies.'
Ministry for the Environment maintains list for authorised wood burners
The national environmental standards for air quality require that all wood burners installed on properties less than 2 hectares must have a discharge of less than 1.5 grams of particles for each kilogram of dry wood burnt, and a thermal efficiency at least 65%.
The Ministry for the Environment maintains a list of authorised wood burners to assist consumers in purchasing a wood burner that will meet this air quality requirement.
Demonstrate your carbon neutrality status – new Standard
The British Standards Institute (BSI) has published Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality PAS 2060. This new specification gives guidance on how to quantify, reduce and offset greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a specific subject including: activities, products, services, buildings, projects and major developments, towns and cities, and events.
PAS 2060 can be used by anyone wanting to cut GHG emissions including regional or local government, communities, organisations/companies or parts of organisations (including brands), clubs or social groups, families, and individuals.