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27/07/2017 - General

Z urges business, cross-party support for Climate Act

Z Energy today urged businesses and all political parties to back a recommendation to enshrine carbon reduction targets in law and set carbon budgets to enable clear measurement.

NZ and Paris

NZ need to act to reach its Paris commitments

The New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, today released a report recommending the establishment of legislation similar to the UK Climate Act which was passed with cross-party support in 2008 and which has been replicated by multiple countries since.

The proposal contains four elements:

  • Setting emissions targets in legislation

  • Setting clear and measurable carbon budgets for the country

  • Implementation of policy to ensure compliance with carbon budgets

  • Establishing an independent Climate Change Commission to set targets and provide expert advice

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, said with the New Zealand Government’s commitment to the Paris Accord, it was now vital to build a clear, stable plan that set measurable targets and provided all parties with certainty.

 “As a company whose products account for about eight per cent of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gases, Z backs this proposal and calls for other businesses to also publicly back it.

“Hope is not a strategy. We’ve got a lot of work to do to meet our current commitments, let alone exceed them. Climate change is bigger than business and bigger than politics.

This proposal is a sensible, pragmatic approach which provides an opportunity for all Kiwis – including businesses and politicians - to come together around a clear carbon reduction plan.

Under the UK’s policy settings, over the period 1990 – 2015 the UK’s carbon emissions decreased by 38 per cent. Over the same period New Zealand’s emissions increased by 64 per cent.

Mike said there was a lot in the proposal that followed simple good business practice: replicating international best practice; setting measurable targets; and ensuring accountability against clearly-stated and well-understood commitments.

“In backing this recommendation, I also want to acknowledge the leadership of Generation Zero, which has been advocating for something like this for some time, most recently through its call for a ‘Zero Carbon Act’. Younger people appear supportive of this proposal across the political spectrum and are acknowledging the need for unity in responding to the climate change challenge.

“We should heed this message.”

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

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Sustainability

03/07/2017 - Sustainability

Christchurch anti-plastic bag campaign

On International Plastic Bag Free Day, a Canterbury Retailer has introduced a voluntary plastic bag levy to encourage customers to think twice before taking a bag.

At 14 Z service stations during July, customers will be asked if they need a bag and if they'd like to donate 10 cents for each bag to the charity, Sustainable Coastlines, which cleans up New Zealand’s coastlines and waterways.

Canterbury Retailer, Anton Hutton, who operates the 14 Christchurch sites, says as a father of two young children, an initiative to reduce the use of plastic bags felt like the right thing to do.

Anton on clean-up at New Brighton beach

“Single-use plastic bags are having a massive ecological impact on our world. Millions of tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every year and we can all make a difference to stop this tide of waste.

“My 14 Z sites alone give out around 52,000 single-use plastic bags to customers every year,” Anton said.

Anton acknowledges the move is a small step towards change but reckons environmental sustainability is about everyone making small changes that together make a difference.

“When we ask for a donation for a plastic bag it starts a discussion. It makes people think about if they really need a bag. And, if they do take one, it goes to a good environmental cause,” Anton said.

Z is using the initiative as a pilot to measure if the move reduces plastic bag usage. The company will then look at how the scheme could be tweaked and rolled out to other Z service stations around the country.

Z Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says Z customers nationwide use around two million plastic bags every year.

“We’re committed to working with our customers to contribute to reducing the millions of plastic bags that shoppers around the world use every year,” Gerri said.

 

09/01/2017

Z 'warrior' recycles more than 95% of waste

For the fourth year running, Z’s annual Waste Warriors competition has come to a nail-biting conclusion.

The nationwide competition, designed to help Z service station teams reduce the amount of waste they produce through recycling and composting, has been running since 2013.

This year, the competition took into account not only what percentage of each site’s waste was recycled but also how much landfill waste was produced for every item sold, with Lois Dunwoodie, a site staff member from Z’s Brougham St service station in Christchurch, announced as the overall winner.

Lois’ overall recycling rate was an impressively high 97% over the three months, with 6.5kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold.

Z’s Sustainability Advisor, Judy Ryan, said the competition has gone from strength to strength over the last four years.

“This year, more than a third of our Z service stations across the country took part in the competition, collectively recycling more than 270 tonnes of waste over the three-month long competition.

“Using less and wasting less is just one of our areas of focus in the sustainability space, and it’s been great to see our retailers and site teams really getting into action where it matters most.”

Waste Warriors winner, Lois, said her top tip for success really came down to getting her team mates on board.

“That, and they know that I like to keep them on their toes by checking the rubbish bins each morning to make sure they’re recycling anything and everything they can.”

Securing a close second place in this year’s competition was Kulbinder Singh from Z Grove Rd in Blenheim, who managed an overall recycling rate of 89% with a mere 4.2kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold. 

Rounding out the top five were Steve Campbell (Z Woolston), Annu Patel (Z Northcote) and Kieran Abelen (Z Redwood). Their recycling rates varied from 79% upwards, with all three producing less than 13kg of waste for every 1,000 items sold.

ENDS

For more information on Z’s commitment to a sustainable future, check out http://z.co.nz/about-z/sustainability/