Our Environmental Policy
Bularangi Motorbikes operating Harley Davidson tours in New Zealand is very conscious about its impact on 100% Pure New Zealand's landscape. We have a number of measures in place that offset any carbon footprint we create on this beautiful country. Riding big Harleys is not too friendly on the environment, however the projects that we run in conjunction with our touring program leaves us in surplus of carbon credits.
Bularangi Motorbikes estimated a total carbon output for its fleet of bikes and support vehicles to be around 16 tonnes of carbon. Our forestry sink credits in 2010 will total in excess of 50 tonnes leaving Bularangi Motorbikes with a surplus of more than 36 tonnes of carbon sink credits.
2009 Carbon footprint = 14 CO2 T
2009 Carbon offset = 48 CO2 T
2009 Carbon Surplus = 34 CO2 T
Bularangi Motorbikes has set out some aggressive targets for managing its carbon footprint, along with the Pinus Radiata forests we also have a native tree planting program to help regenerate our native forestry on our whanau (family) land.
Forestry Carbon Sink Credits
Bularangi Motorbikes has 2 forestry holdings in the King Country of New Zealand, the 2 hectare blocks of forestry are known as...
Slab Hutt 1996
Slab Hutt is a hectare of Pinus Radiata managed under a New Zealand Forestry organization.
More… We have maintained a regular monitoring programme during the past year in these forests. Operational work is complete and these forests have been left to grow. The trees continue to be in good health and are showing excellent signs of increased tree growth. Pest and forest health monitoring will continue within the forests and remedial action will be taken if required.
"Permanent Record Plots" (PRP) have been established to identify the growth rates of a sample of trees. The results for 2009 are listed in the table opposite. Data is collected each year from the same trees which will help us to forecast growth rates and potential yields.
Wayleggo 2004 is a hectare of Pinus Radiata managed under a New Zealand Forestry organization.
More… For second lift pruning operations in Wayleggo No. 62 we will target a 5.0 metre prune lift ensuring each tree retains a minimum green crown of 3.5 metres, we also aim for an average stocking of 350 sph (stems per hectare). Completion of second lift is scheduled for June 2010. First lift pruning in Scotts Bush No. 63 commenced in April 2009. Forest data collect by GFM Ltd show positive results; final pruning is scheduled for early 2011.
Grazing of the forest will assist with operational work but also keeps grass short for the drier summer months when fire risks are greatest. Constant monitoring of forests by our staff enables us to deal with any health or pest problems immediately.
A few simple facts highlight the importance of New Zealand's forest industry, and its potential as an investment:
- Forestry is New Zealand's third largest industry, behind dairy and meat products.
- Total exports exceed NZ$3 billion annually.
- Currently only 5% of global timber supply comes from sustainably managed, plantation forests.
- Timber from non-sustainable native forests is becoming increasingly scarce. Long term plantation forestry will have to provide the bulk of global timber supply.
- Demand for wood is proportional to population and standards of living. As both of these increase, demand for wood will increase accordingly.
- 90% of New Zealand's 1.7 million hectares of sustainably managed, renewable plantation forest is planted in Radiata, or New Zealand pine.
- New Zealand has over one hundred years experience growing New Zealand pine.
- Selective breeding has improved the quality and manageability of New Zealand pine.
- The industry infrastructure, including transport, silviculture, harvesting, processing and research facilities, is very well developed.
- New Zealand is one of only a few industries in which New Zealand has a unique competitive advantage; we grow softwood trees quicker and more efficiently than every other country in the world.
Bularangi Motorbikes has a native tree planting program on whanau whenua (family land). Our planting program is on the coastal farm of Mataora. Mataora is a special place where Maori arts and crafts originated, the land is commercially farmed and also has 17 year old pinus radiata forests growing, as a result of farming and forestry the native fauna has taken a knock at the hands of man. Our Tangata Whenua (people of the land) want to see the native fauna return, our bike riders are also conscious of their impact to the environment and by marrying these 2 needs together we come up with a native tree planting program that answers the calling of our people and satisfies the management of our carbon obligation.
Mataora Bay and Coastal Farm where we do our native tree planting
Harleys can be a dirty old business, so this is why we are keen to ensure that what we do is good to Papatuanaku (the Earth Mother). Here at Bularangi Motorbikes we use only eco-friendly cleaning products and we have our own water catchment for the cleaning of bikes.
- Our main cleaning product is a citrus based 100% biodegradable product, which has a blend of biodegradable surfactants, water softeners and builders and a quartenary ammonium compound producing the most versatile biodegradable cleaner/disinfectant on the market.
- Then we clean our bikes with a lot of elbow grease and polish the chrome with chrome polish
NO to Jetwash
- Water shortages are common in some parts of New Zealand over summer, we refrain from using jet washers or water blasters, instead our bikes are cleaned using buckets and rags.
- Disposal of oils, batteries & tyres
- All of our Harley Davidsons are serviced by the Harley Davidson dealers in New Zealand
- Our used tyres are handed to the Waste Mangement teams on the city council and are then disposed of
- Our oils are collected by the Oil management team within the Waste Disposal Dept of the council and are then disposed of.
- Dead Harley Davidson batteries are donated to our local Hetherington House and they dispose of them as they can get cash for them towards their charity.
Watch this space for our Qualmark Enviro Friendly award!