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01/09/2018 - General News

Kiwi brands unite to bring fuel discounts to customers

Customers shopping at two of the most popular Kiwi supermarket brands can now earn fuel discounts for Z Energy service stations while they shop.

From today, Z Energy becomes Foodstuffs (NZ) Limited’s exclusive nationwide fuel partner.

Customers will now be able to use the fuel discounts printed on their New World and PAK’nSAVE dockets at the more than 200 Z branded service stations around the country, instead of the supermarkets’ previous partner, Mobil.

The partnership will also see Z Energy supplying fuel to the country’s 53 New World and PAK'nSAVE branded fuel sites.

Jane and Steve

Z Energy’s General Manager Marketing, Jane Anthony, and Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Managing Director, Steve Anderson, celebrate their Kiwi brands uniting to bring fuel discounts to customers.

 

Z’s General Manager of Marketing, Jane Anthony, says the supermarket fuel vouchers are an effective way for customers to save money on fuel, simply by doing their usual grocery shopping.

“Many customers have told us fuel discounts are really important, especially since the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax came into force in July and prices went up. That’s why we’re so pleased people who like using supermarket fuel vouchers can now come to Z.”

“Z has the country’s largest network of service stations, which means customers using supermarket fuel vouchers now have more service station and fuel site locations to choose from and they get to come to a Kiwi company to save on fuel,” says Jane.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Managing Director, Steve Anderson, says the Co-operative looks forward to continuing to reward its customers with fuel discounts at its New World and PAK'nSAVE branded fuel sites and now Z service stations too.

“Our customers enjoy earning fuel discounts as they shop. By uniting with Z, another strong Kiwi brand, our customers will not only keep earning great fuel deals but will also get the chance to enjoy the wider Z retail and customer service experience around the country.”

“With Spring arriving today, and the warmer weather likely to see more Kiwis heading out on the roads exploring, we know that fuel discounts are more relevant than ever to customers.”

“New World and Z will stay part of the Fly Buys and Air New Zealand Airpoints loyalty programs, ensuring customers have a selection of loyalty programmes to choose from for earning rewards through grocery and fuel purchases,” says Steve.

Foodstuffs and Z are sharing detailed information on the change directly with customers. To find more details on the supermarket fuel voucher discounts, go to http://www.fuelup.co.nz

 

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27/08/2018 - General News

Z Energy invests in Flick Electric

Z Energy announced today an investment of $46 million to acquire a 70.1% shareholding in Flick Electric, the Wellington based retail electricity supplier that was the first power company in the country to offer customers access to the wholesale price of electricity.

Steve and Mike Flick

The investment brings together an electricity industry disruptor and New Zealand’s largest transport energy company.

Z’s Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said that the companies will be focused on maximising the innovation potential of the energy sector as it transitions to a lower carbon future.

“We view this as a partnership that brings together Flick’s start-up mentality, differentiated offer, technology and talent, along with Z’s innovation and marketing capability, operational scale and resources,” said Mike.

Flick’s CEO, Steve O’Connor, says that Z’s investment will help Flick realise its potential.

“Over the past four years we’ve proven there’s an appetite for a new engagement model in energy retail, which has entrenched our vision to bring disruptive energy technologies to as many people as possible. This partnership, and the expertise and capital it brings to Flick, will allow us to do more, faster, and have a greater impact on New Zealanders’ lives.”

The partnership with Flick is also in line with Z’s commitment to a lower carbon New Zealand.

“This is another step towards the long-term sustainability of Z, and the role we play in a lower carbon transport future,” said Mike.

“Our investment in Flick is part of Z’s “What is Next” strategy and Capital Management plan as disclosed in our Investor Day materials in September 2017. We are continuously assessing options to invest and extend into adjacencies in one of our three preferred market spaces – future fuels, mobility and the last mile. Where it makes commercial sense to do so, you should expect Z to take action,” he said.  

Flick Electric is a privately held company that reported revenues of $43.4 million for the financial year ended 31 March 2018.

Z Energy will pay an initial consideration of $15.6 million for 22% of Flick in new issued capital and an additional $30.4 million for the purchase of an additional 48.1% of existing shares to take the total shareholding to 70.1%. In the next quarter the governance of Flick will change to reflect Z’s majority shareholding position.

Recognizing that two of Z’s Directors, Mark Cross and Steve Reindler, were conflicted, the governance of this transaction was entirely managed by a Board Committee comprising of Z’s other Directors. Z understands both directors will be considering their positions in the conflicted companies.

Z Energy will use existing credit facilities to fund the investment and the transaction will not impact current FY19 earnings or dividend guidance. Z Energy expects the investment in Flick Electric to be earnings accretive from FY21 onwards.

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Investor contact: Matt Hardwick - +64 27 787 4688

Media contact: Sheena Thomas - +64 27 551 2589


Q+A with Mike and Steve will be held on Z’s Facebook page at 10 am Monday 27 August.

 

10/08/2018 - Sustainability news

Z supports the phase-out of plastic bags in New Zealand

Z supports the government’s plan to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags, and encourages New Zealanders to provide their views on ways to reduce these bags entering the environment.

Z phased out single-use customer plastic bags from its stores in June this year. Z said that customers have been overwhelmingly supportive of Z’s stance in eliminating plastic bags and reducing the number of single-use plastic bags entering the waste stream from 2.5 million per year, to zero.

“We learned a lot through this process,” said Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward.

“The key things we learned from our experience was to give it time, and communicate with customers on how to adjust to the new reality.

“Many of our customers have been really enthusiastic about the change, and have agreed that people just need to get used to a new reality – like New Zealanders did with the introduction of compulsory bike helmets, or the ban on smoking inside,” she said.

The Ministry for the Environment has published a consultation document on the proposed mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags, and people have until Friday 14 September to share their views.

This includes options for the date the phase-out is to be complete by, what bags should be included, and how best to help people with the transition.

“We need to think carefully about the impact of replacements. The worst-case scenario would be that we replace what we’ve got with unsubstantiated “biodegradable” or “compostable” imports that are often no less bad for the environment,” said Gerri.

“Have your say and together let’s keep Aotearoa beautiful,” she said.

To have your say visit www.mfe.govt.nz.

19/07/2018 - Submissions and Presentations

Zero Carbon Bill Submission

Z’s submission on the Zero Carbon Bill is focused on predictable, effective, urgent policy certainty that provides business with investment confidence, and establishes a meaningful policy response in order to meet New Zealand’s agreed climate target. Z encourages the New Zealand government to set an ambitious pathway so all parties – business, government, and society - can move towards a common, and meaningful goal. 

Z's full submission can be found here: 

Z Energy Zero Carbon Bill submission

 

17/07/2018 - General News

Mevo secures further investment from Z Energy

 Mevo, Australasia’s first free-floating car share, has secured a further $300,000 (NZD) investment from New Zealand transport energy company, Z Energy (ZEL), as well as new funding from European Motor Distributors (EMD) and The Wellington Company (TWC).

Z Energy are now 12% shareholders, with both EMA (Audi NZ’s parent company) and TWC becoming 2.1% shareholders, respectively.

The latest investment will further fuel Mevo’s growth as it prepares for further expansion of its team and network. It follows a massive six months for the company, which has included a series of strategic hires, doubling its membership, rolling out at Wellington Airport, and launching the first free-floating car share service in Australasia.TAKE THE WHEEL

Mevo Chief Executive and Co-Founder, Erik Zydervelt, says it’s encouraging to see further investment in the future of New Zealand transport.

“It’s really promising to see established New Zealand companies like Z Energy, The Wellington Company, and European Motor Distributors actively engaging in environmentally responsible, future-focused initiatives,” said Erik.

As the world’s first climate positive car share, Mevo is at the cutting edge of sustainable transport alternatives in New Zealand.

“We support Mevo’s vision for innovative mobility-on-demand and applaud what it has achieved for inner-city transport in just a few short years. Mobility solutions are part of the future, particularly for urban New Zealand. Mevo is bringing that innovation right now and we are confident that Mevo plays an important role in our future.” said Glynn Tulloch, Group General Manager, EMD.

Z Energy also recognises the importance of innovation in providing mobility solutions that are better for the planet and simply better for customers, which has led to its continued support for the homegrown startup. This is the second investment from Z Energy, following a $250K investment in September, 2017.

“Z Energy shares Mevo’s vision for carbon conscious transport systems in New Zealand and they have been fantastic partners to help make this a reality,” said Erik.

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, says Mevo has the potential to change the way New Zealanders think about urban transport.

“Mevo is helping New Zealanders reconsider traditional car ownership and transport,” said Mike.

“By deepening our investment in Mevo, we hope to enable more Kiwis to jump in the driver’s seat of the future. It also enables Z to explore the future of mobility and learn more about changes in the way our customers are getting from A to Z.”

Investment from Z Energy, The Wellington Company and European Motor Distributors will have a huge role in the continued expansion of Mevo’s infrastructure within Wellington, and further afield. Since the last investment Mevo has focused on achieving product market fit and launching free-floating in May. Following the free-floating launch, Mevo has achieved a 100 per cent increase in monthly trips in its vehicles and was named winner of the Emerging Gold category at the Wellington Gold Awards.

With the latest investment, Mevo will continue to add talent its team and focus on scale and rapid growth. The company has recently appointed two industry veterans, Sophia Rizos as Head of Growth, and Maryon Wils as Head of Enterprise Sales.

“Maryon and Sophia share our vision for the future of thoughtful urban mobility, and their experience will be fundamental as we build on our recent momentum,” said Erik.

12/07/2018 - Sustainability news

New Zealand’s leading businesses take up the climate change challenge

60 businesses making up nearly fifty percent of New Zealand’s emissions have joined forces to tackle the issue of climate change.

It’s a significant move by the New Zealand business community, being praised as “strong” and “unprecedented” by local and global organisations.

On a mission to reduce emissions in New Zealand, the group of 60 CEOs have formed the Climate Leaders Coalition, recognising the role that business can play in bringing about change and signing a joint statement, which commits their companies to action.

The goal of the new group - which includes the leaders of Z, Westpac, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Vector, Air New Zealand, Spark and NZ Post - is to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and, in doing so, create a positive future for New Zealanders, business, and the economy.

Together, the members of the Climate Leaders Coalition represent a variety of businesses from different industries, which contribute to almost half of New Zealand’s emissions.

To mark the significance of the announcement and commemorate the launch of the Climate Leaders Coalition, SkyCity Entertainment Group - a member of the coalition - will light up Auckland's Sky Tower in the colour green, tonight.

The CEOs’ Climate Change Statement is the first step taken by the Climate Leaders Coalition in their drive for positive change.

By signing the CEO Climate Change Statement, each of the business leaders have committed to measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions and working with suppliers to reduce emissions, with the aim of helping to keep global warming within two degrees, as specified in the Paris Agreement.

Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition and leading the collective commitment by business to drive the transition to a low emissions economy is Z Energy CEO, Mike Bennetts.

Bennetts explains: “I knew that many businesses were making progress with their own company’s response to climate change but that still left a gap around what we could be doing more of together to increase the pace and scale of impact from our collective efforts. So, it made sense to discuss those opportunities and commit to further action. At the very least that is a common commitment that we can all be held accountable for and provides other businesses with the confidence to lean into their own responses knowing they are not alone in doing that.”

Livia Esterhazy, CEO, WWF NZ, adds: “We are incredibly excited by the strong stance taken by these leading New Zealand businesses. WWF works with companies all over the world helping them cut their emissions. Globally, it’s unprecedented for businesses representing almost half of a country’s emissions to come together like this. These businesses recognise that acting on climate change is not only good for the planet, but it is also a business opportunity not to be missed. The Climate Leaders Coalition creates enormous potential for change and sets a positive example that all New Zealanders can all be proud of.”

Within the second part of the CEO Climate Change Statement, business leaders cement their support for the Paris Agreement and New Zealand’s commitment to it, and back the introduction of a Climate Commission along with the establishment of carbon budgets, enshrined in law.

In addition to committing to the Statement, the businesses involved in the Climate Leaders Coalition are also dedicating considerable resources, expertise and funding towards projects which centre around solutions-driven thinking.

Leaders involved are viewing climate change as an opportunity for their business to innovate and access new markets, with many already eager to realise the potential, having multiple initiatives and actions underway.

Karen Silk, Acting CEO, Westpac, says: “When businesses unite around a central goal, it creates real momentum to change. One of the things that binds all of our organisations together is a love for our country and a desire to make it a great place to live - for us and for future generations.

“By working together on a future that is focussed on low emissions, and sustainable innovation and practices, we can all play our part towards improving the country’s prosperity and to continuing to make it a desirable place to live.”

The Climate Leaders Coalition demonstrates the significant leadership direction being taken by businesses on the issue of climate change. Now, the CEOs involved are calling for other leaders to join them.

Mike Sang, Chief Executive, Ngai Tahu Holdings, adds: “Ngāi Tahu Holdings is pleased to join other like-minded organisations in working to tackle climate change. We are committed to the journey of adopting increasingly sustainable business practices across our businesses, in line with our tribal whakataukī – “Mō tātou, ā, mō kā uri ā muri ake nei” – for us and our children after us. This is something we all need to do together, and we encourage others to join.”

Nigel Topping, CEO of global non-profit coalition, We Mean Business, adds: " As an organisation that works with businesses from around the globe on climate change, we welcome the strong stance taken by business leaders in New Zealand. Collective action of this sort, by businesses representing such a significant percentage of a country’s emissions is world-class and will help accelerate the world's transition to the low-carbon economy.”

Business owners looking to commit to action on climate change and play their part in the transition to a low emissions economy can find out more about the CEO Climate Change Statement, by visiting  www.climateleaderscoalition.org.nz

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Notes to Editors:

The Climate Leaders Coalition has been launched in partnership with the Sustainable Business Council – a global network partner of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

 

CEO Climate Change Statement (in full).

For the generations after us, for the country we love, for the viability of our businesses, we are ambitious for action on climate change.  If we act now we can forge a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders.  We are committed to playing our part to make that future real.  If we don’t, our competitiveness is at risk. 

We take climate change seriously in our business:

  • We measure our greenhouse gas emissions and publicly report on them
  • We set a public emissions reduction target consistent with keeping within 2° of warming
  • We work with our suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions

 

We believe the transition to a low emissions economy is an opportunity to improve New Zealand’s prosperity:

  • We support the Paris Agreement & New Zealand’s commitment to it
  • We support introduction of a climate commission and carbon budgets enshrined in law

 

Climate Leaders Coalition members

  • Z Energy
  • Westpac
  • Ngai Tahu Holdings
  • Air New Zealand
  • Vector
  • Spark
  • New Zealand Post
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Toyota
  • IAG
  • Fonterra
  • Ports of Auckland
  • KiwiRail
  • Christchurch Airport
  • Stuff
  • SkyCity Entertainment Group
  • Meridian Energy
  • Vodafone
  • Oji Fibre Soltions
  • Toll
  • Waste Management
  • Fuji Xerox
  • Dempsey Wood
  • Sanford
  • Contact Energy
  • Auckland Airport
  • BNZ
  • Flick
  • Proxima
  • Netlogix
  • 4sight Consulting
  • Wellington Zoo
  • 3R
  • EnergyTS
  • Wellington Airport
  • Transpower
  • Lion
  • Fujitsu
  • Unilever
  • DB Breweries
  • OCS
  • True
  • EcoStore
  • Deloitte
  • Ravensdown
  • Ecotricity
  • Beca
  • Watercare
  • Toyota Financial Services
  • Enviro-Mark Solutions
  • Kiwi Property
  • Countdown
  • Microsoft
  • Silver Fern Farms
  • Synlait
  • Freightways
  • Downer
  • Hawkins
  • TIL Logistics Group

10/07/2018 - General News

Kiwis have voted on Good in the Hood funding split

The voting phase of the annual community funding programme is over and Z is this month sharing the funds among hundreds of Kiwi groups doing good for people or the environment in the area around every Z service station.

In May customers got an orange token every time they shopped at Z to vote for how funding should be split between the four groups supported at each Z service station. With more than a millions transactions a month at Z, more than a million voting tokens were given out.

All groups will get a proportion of the $4,000 allocated to each service station, in addition to a share of the $190,000 raised on the first ever Good in the Hood national fuel day, where 6c from every litre bought on the day was donated to Good in the Hood groups.

Z Community Manager, Gerri Ward, said voter turnout showed how much New Zealanders care about supporting needs in their communities.

“The needs each group will address with the funding were identified on the voting units so customers could see how their vote would make a difference in their local area.”

“The more than 200 Z service stations around New Zealand each have a further $1,000 to support other local groups and projects this year as part of Z’s commitment to giving back to the neighbourhoods we operate in,” Gerri said.

The voting results for each service station will be available on Z’s website from 09 July: https://z.co.nz/about-z/find-us/map z.co.nz.  To find out more about Good in the Hood head to www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood.

For more information please contact Georgina Ball +64 (0)4 498 0132

09/07/2018 - General News

Z Energy invests heavily in permanent forest sinks

Z Energy has invested $1.5million in permanent local forestry projects to voluntarily offset the emissions from their operations.

The investment represents the largest voluntary purchase of units from permanent forest sinks seen in New Zealand to date.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says that for a carbon-intensive company that believes in the science of climate change, it was important to materially lead on solutions.

“Under Z’s environmental sustainability stand, we have committed to reducing our operational carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, and offsetting those we are unable to avoid.

“We’ve been underway for several years in identifying ways we can transform our business and our behaviours to reduce our emissions first, before looking to offset those we can’t avoid at this point in time,” said Gerri.

Z has partnered with long-standing carbon consultants Permanent Forests NZ Ltd (PFNZ) for this offsetting initiative. PFNZ specialise in aggregating, marketing and selling New Zealand forest carbon credits on behalf of owners of forests registered under the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative.

Gerri said that investing in local, permanent forests ensures the veracity of Z’s offsetting efforts.

“The integrity of our offsets is absolutely paramount. By locking up the carbon in these long-lived forestry projects, we know we’re getting authentic outcomes which we can stand by,” she said.

According to PFNZ’s Managing Director, Ollie Belton, many possible participants in the voluntary market, for example companies looking to voluntarily offset their emissions, or attain “carbon neutral” status, are deterred by the complexity of the carbon market, the lack of links between the compliance and voluntary markets, and the shortage of available permanent carbon offsets.

“This complexity has resulted in a reluctance to enter the voluntary market in recent years, both by buyers and sellers of forestry credits,” said Ollie.

“This deal with Z will undoubtedly make others sit up and take notice, and will lead to more land being committed to long term carbon conservation under the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative,” he said. 

Z’s operational carbon emissions, including those from corporate travel, retail electricity, coastal emissions, and hauliers come to about 58,000 tonnes of CO­2-e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per annum. At an average cost of about $25 per tonne, this comes to an annual cost of about $1.5m per year.

The outcome of this investment is purposely intended to make the business take the environmental cost of their activities into account when making business decisions.

“It’s reasonably easy to unintentionally dismiss environmental sustainability when making purely cost-driven business decisions,” said Gerri.

“By spending $1.5m on voluntary carbon offsets, we’ve effectively placed an internal price on carbon of $25 a tonne; which forces us to pay closer attention to where we’re being most carbon-inefficient,” she said.

Alongside the offset programme, Z also continues to focus on reducing the carbon intensity of its business. Z’s biodiesel plant in Wiri is operational, and Z has also recently increased its investment in Wellington-based electric ride-sharing company, Mevo.

 

29/06/2018 - General News

Z Energy calls for Z Card customers with any concerns to contact Z

Z Energy would like to assure customers that the current Z card online system is secure and there is no evidence to date that vulnerabilities in the former system resulted in any data manipulation. However, customers with any concerns around the previous system should contact the company. 

On 29 November last year, Z was informed by a member of the public that they could view other customers’ accounts, as exampled by a screenshot of Z’s own corporate fleet.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said that Z believed this person’s intent was to help Z improve system security and had no reason to believe that any data was going to be shared or used in any way.

“We took it in good faith that this person would not share or exploit this information as we immediately went about fixing the vulnerability.

“We also immediately began investigating previous activity in the Z card online system, and undertook additional security monitoring from the time we were first notified.

“We, and our external cyber security experts, did not detect any suspicious activity around any of our customers’ data. Nor have we had any reports from customers of suspicious activity for a period prior to and post the first notification.

“When this same person raised concerns with the security upgrade we had put in place, we immediately took the maximum precaution of taking the site down completely,” said Mike.  

The database in question used to hold Z card customer data such as name, address, registration number, vehicle type and credit limits. The system did not include bank or payment details.  

Mike said that while Z, and the cyber security experts it has engaged, have not detected any customer data being compromised, Z is committed to assisting customers in any way possible in relation to this incident.

“I want to be clear that we, and our external cyber security experts, could not and still have not, found any evidence of anyone tampering with customer accounts. The incident continues to be investigated by Z’s external cyber security experts and we will inform customers if any new information is uncovered.”

Mike said that some customers will quite fairly feel like they should have been told more explicitly about the issue.

“We had to make a difficult decision when notifying customers of the vulnerability, and we’re sorry that we have not been as straight up as we normally are,” said Mike.

“From the time this was first brought to our attention, we continually sought external expert cyber security advice as to how to deal with and message this vulnerability to our customers.

“The advice was to talk about this as a technical issue. External cyber security experts we spoke to strongly advised against talking about this publicly as a data privacy issue due to additional publicity typically increasing the risk of cyber security threats.

“We repeatedly challenged this counsel as it did not sit well with our values, but ultimately chose to follow the advice of our experts given our commitment to cyber security and mitigating risk to customer data and privacy.

“The advice from cyber security experts has proven to be true as, since this issue was reported, we have noticed an increase in targeted suspicious activity towards the new Z card system from offshore IP addresses.

“We continue to monitor this activity and any further potential risk. While no system is completely immune to attacks, Z’s new platform meets high standards of cyber security,” said Mike.

The reason Z is choosing to talk about this openly now is because of a screenshot of Z’s corporate fleet account being sent to the media by a member of the public who accessed the system. As a result, Z is no longer treating this historic issue as a vulnerability, instead treating it as a breach, and has voluntarily informed the Privacy Commissioner of the issue.

Customers should contact their account managers or the Z Energy call centre (general@z.co.nz or 0800 474 355) if they have any concerns or would like to speak with someone directly.

 

Media: Sheena Thomas 027 551 2589; Nicola Law 021 192 8181

27/06/2018 - General News

Z Card online data

Z Energy Limited is aware that customer data from its Z Card online database (ZCOL) was accessed by a third party in late November 2017. 

This system enables the customer to manage their fleets directly, rather than through requests to a call centre.

The third party found a way to get unauthorised access to the part of the database that holds data about customer fleets such as names, addresses, registrations numbers, vehicle types and Z Card credit limits.

With the evidence provided to Z to date, the company believes the data accessed does not include bank details, or other information that would put customer finances directly at risk. That is because these sort of customer details were not held within the system that was accessed for security reasons. Z is committed to assisting customers in any way possible in relation to this incident.

Z has alerted the Privacy Commission to the incident this afternoon.

The system concerned is no longer in operation having been closed on 15 December 2017. Z has built a new Z Card online website that has been tested repeatedly to ensure customer data is secure.

Z has engaged an external provider to commence penetration testing across all of Z’s customer facing systems to immediately assess for any vulnerabilities.

Z also operates Caltex Star Card. The Star Card online system has very similar characteristics to that of the former ZCOL system. As a precaution, Z is taking this system down with immediate effect, until the company can be confident it does not exhibit the same vulnerabilities.

Z takes its data privacy responsibility and threats to cyber security very seriously and is taking steps to ensure that the company learns from this incident.

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