New Zealand is about to embark on a new initiative to make its aquaria carbon-neutral by 2020.
The nation has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any developed country, with its total energy consumption a quarter less than its neighbours.
But the government has struggled to bring its ambitious goals for CO2 reductions under control.
In January, the government announced that it was setting aside a total of $1 billion over five years to support projects to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the country’s aquaria, along with a plan to encourage local industries to make their own aquariums.
“Our first objective is to make sure that all the aquaria are carbon neutral,” Environment Minister Nick Smith told reporters last week.
“That means no more carbon dioxide.
We need to make that happen.”
The first phase of the program will see anaerobic digestion (AD) machines installed in all new aquariums across the country.
It will also support the creation of new commercial and industrial businesses that make their products from recycled glass.
This means that businesses can make the glass and products they need to keep their businesses sustainable.
“This is not just about making carbon-free,” said Dr Simon O’Connor, the project manager for the new carbon-negative filter project, which is set to start next year.
It also means that there will be fewer people employed in the industry.
According to Dr O’Connors, AD machines will also help reduce pollution from wastewater treatment plants, which will reduce the amount of nitrogen and other pollutants that end up in the environment.
With AD machines, the glass can be treated with water that has been cleaned by a machine and then returned to the same environment.
“When you have a carbon-less environment, the bacteria that live there can do their job much better and we can recycle them for a longer period of time,” he said.
Smith said that the government was also considering a pilot program to provide free-roaming fish ponds to schools in schools that had no fish tanks.
“We know that fish are not necessarily good for us as a nation.
We know that they are very polluting and if we do not have fish in the aquarium, then there is a higher likelihood that they will end up on our beaches,” he told reporters.”
That’s why we are looking at this, to try and provide free fish ponds where they can be able to roam around and play.”
The Government has also launched a pilot project to provide fish pond kits to local businesses that can be used as a means of reducing pollution from the production of aquarium products.
As part of the pilot, the Ministry of Environment will be working with local businesses to offer fish pond kit workshops, where local businesses can sell fish to customers.
Dr O’Connor said the government would be supporting the local businesses in their efforts to reduce pollution and that they could also benefit from the technology.
We know we can’t stop this but we’re not going to do it in isolation,” he added.
He said that some businesses might also be interested in developing their own carbon-positive filter solutions that can then be used by their customers.”
It could be a bit of a challenge in some of these businesses to get that system working in their premises, but it could also be a very rewarding challenge for businesses to make the investment to get it working.
“Aquariums are a vital part of New Zealanders’ everyday lives, and Dr Smith said that while he was proud to be the Minister for Environment, he would also like to see the Government get its act together on a number of other fronts.
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One of the things we’re doing is making sure that we have a lot of fish ponds that are carbon-proof,” said Environment Minister Simon O. Smith.
New Zealanders rely on fish farms to supply them with their favourite food, and many farmers are working to get their products carbon-safe.
A major fish farm in the North Island is already providing fish ponds made from reclaimed glass and glass products.
The facility is also supplying the government with carbon offsets from the use of reclaimed glass, as well as from the sale of the products.