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Recycling and using energy-efficient light bulbs top the list of activities business people will undertake at home in their efforts to reduce their carbon footprints.
Buying carbon offsets or moving to more energy-efficient home are the least planned activities.

Which of the following activities will you undertake in the next year to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and help manage climate change? (Tick all that apply.)

Buy more fuel efficient, low emission vehicle19%
Sell an older model vehicle21%
Use alternative everyday travel options rather than use vehicle23%
Walk (rather than using the car)42%
Cycle (rather than using the car)24%
Use public transport30%
Rent or purchase more energy efficient home8%
Choose to build, live or work in an energy efficient, sustainable building10%
Improve the insulation in your home or workplace to reduce energy needs29%
Buy energy efficient appliances53%
Use energy efficient light bulbs60%
Recycle household waste63%
Buy carbon offsets2%
Plant trees to offset emissions31%
Conserve water44%
Buy products or services from organisations providing certified environmentally friendly products and services31%
None of these7%
Don’t know3%
Other (please specify)2%

Source: ShapeNZ. September 2008 online survey. 857 business managers, proprietors, self employed. Weighted by age, gender, personal income, employment status, ethnicity and party vote 2005. Maximum margin of error +⁄- 3.3%
ShapeNZ is operated by the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development. www.shapenz.org.nz and www.nzbcsd.org.nz

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