With a depressed international and domestic compliance carbon market, there has been a little joy from an area where since 2004, CMS has been active, the voluntary market.

Taking the opportunity to purchase Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs) from some recognisable project developments, such as Meridian Energy™s White Hills Wind Farm and Christchurch City Council™s Burwood Landfill Gas Capture Project, CMS has been successful in trading these offsets both in New Zealand and Australia.

While relatively small, a steady flow of offsets domestically has assisted CMS with meeting the demand from some of its corporate clients, some working under the Landcare Carbon Zero program.

As a member of the Carbon Trade Exchange, CMS has also worked with the demand and supply of offsets in Australia, as well as sourcing international offsets from specific projects around the Asia-Pacific region.