FutureFit is a simple yet powerful and proactive way for you to engage with climate change. FutureFit provides a snapshot of your impact on the planet and helps you make some really positive changes in the way you live to help reduce your footprint.
We’ll ask you some quick questions for a broad snapshot of where you’re at with your Carbon footprint, and let you delve even deeper if your keen.
We’ll help you set you some specific goals and actions and stay with you, encouraging and reminding you along the way.
This is a place where you can really help start some momentum, get others on board, set up your own winning team, and share your progress with others.
Using FutureFit empowers kiwis to meet emissions reduction targets, including those set out in Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan where FutureFit is acknowledged as being a key tool individuals can use to have a lighter impact on papatūānuku.
What is a Carbon Footprint?
A carbon footprint is used in FutureFit as an estimate of the impact of a person’s lifestyle on climate change. This is made up of the emissions associated with your one-off and daily activities, like how you get around, where you travel to, how you power your home, what you choose to eat, and what you buy, over a year.
How is your Carbon Footprint measured?
Your carbon footprint is calculated by estimating the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for a particular activity, as well as five other greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and hydrofluorocarbons, which contribute to warming the planet. For simplicity, all these emissions are added together and expressed as a single number in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e). CO2-e is measured in kilograms or tonnes and is calculated by multiplying the emissions of each of the six greenhouse gases by its 100-year global warming potential.
See Our Carbon Calculations to find out about the consumption-based approach we use in FutureFit to calculate emissions embodied in products and services.
Does size matter?
New Zealand's current target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Getting there will be easier if everyone makes choices that have a lower carbon impact. While for some this might mean fewer flights or holidaying at closer destinations, for others it might mean using more public transport or introducing more local produce into their diet. The world (OECD) average carbon footprint is 9.8 tCO2-e and the NZ average is 6.0 tCO2-e. We’ve set a FutureFit target of 5.3 tCO2-e by 2025. By getting below this you’ll be doing your part - if we can all reduce our footprint by a little or a lot, the savings will soon add up. Remember you can scale up your impact by getting friends, family and workmates using FutureFit too.
What is Future Fitness?
This is a measure of how successful you are in achieving the actions you've set yourself each week. It recognises your progress towards reducing your carbon footprint, and your result will change every week. Your Future Fitness score shows how many actions you completed that week, compared to how many you selected, and displays as a percentage. For example, if you set 4 actions and complete 2, your score will be 50%.
Who we are
FutureFit started as a collaboration between Wellington City Council and Auckland Council. We are currently partnering with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to provide access to all New Zealanders.
The FutureFit team have used a robust methodology to measure the carbon impact of everyday actions New Zealanders make. We hope you find this tool useful and motivating. Any feedback you have about FutureFit, your experience, or suggestions on how we could improve, will be much appreciated.
The background and research involved in creating FutureFit can be heard in this How to Save the World - FutureFit Edition podcast.