Retirement Village Toitū Certified

summerset carbon zero

Summerset is New Zealand’s first retirement village to be Toitū carbon zero certified.

To showcase Summerset’s sustainability work over the last few years Toitū Envirocare has created a video case study illustrating how Summerset is working at becoming more sustainable.

The five key areas that we want to reduce our carbon footprint going forward as highlighted in the video are:

  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Travel
  • Paper
  • Fertilisers

Summerset has offset all unavoidable emissions and has an ongoing plan to reduce carbon emissions, with a goal to reduce operational emissions intensity by 5 percent by 2022.

“The first thing we needed to do was to measure our emissions so we could determine what our impact on the environment was. It’s great that we took the next step to become carbon zero certified and we are proud that we are the first retirement village to do so," said Debbie Summers, Contracts and Sustainability Manager at Summerset.

“We are now onto the second phase of our journey looking into sustainability within our new village design and construction practices, which is exciting. It’s great to be on the journey and we look forward to continuing our work in this area – this is only the start.”

Summerset is also a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition and the New Zealand Green Building Council.

"We have committed leadership and accountability to ensure sustainability is integrated within the business and our dedicated Green Team plays a vital role in helping to implement initiatives and look for tangible ways to reduce our carbon footprint," she said.