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18/12/2015 - Sustainability news

Z makes progress towards reducing New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels

Z’s efforts to reduce New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels have reached a milestone with the installation of a biodiesel distillation column at New Zealand’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant in Wiri, Auckland.

The plant, which will move into the testing phase early next year, will turn inedible tallow, a by-product of the New Zealand meat industry, into 20 million litres of biodiesel a year, with the potential to scale production up to 40 million litres a year.

Z’s General Manager of Supply and Distribution, David Binnie, said that the biodiesel distillation column is a sophisticated piece of kit which will ensure a highly refined, pure finished biodiesel.

“The ability to refine the biodiesel by distillation enables us to use a plentiful local resource to produce high quality biodiesel that exceeds New Zealand’s biodiesel specifications,” said David.

David said that as a New Zealand company, Z believed it had a backyard worth looking after.

“Fuel burned for transportation makes up around 17 per cent of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“This means Z is currently part of the climate change problem, and we’re not comfortable with that.

“We want to instead be at the heart of the solution.

“It will take time, but this $26 million investment is a step towards reducing New Zealand’s reliance on fossil fuels,” said David.

David said that Z invested in this plant, even in the absence of a government incentive, because it was important to Z to do the right thing, and also important to many of their large commercial customers who have been increasingly asking for lower carbon options.

“We believe this plant to be a world first – we cannot find evidence of anywhere else in the world where a commercial scale biofuels plant has been built without a grant or other government incentive such as a mandate or tax incentives.

“What has enabled us to be bold enough to invest in this venture has been the commitment from some of our large commercial customers, such as Fonterra, who are trying to find ways to reduce their own carbon emissions. 

“This is an example of New Zealand companies working together to make a difference to our own backyard,” said David.

 

Fonterra’s General Manager of National Transport and Logistics, Barry McColl, said the Co-operative is pleased that its commitment is helping Z to bring this capability to New Zealand while reducing its own emissions.

 

“Fonterra is committed to reducing environmental impacts across all of our operations. Transporting more than 18 billion litres of milk around the country every year requires a lot of hours on the road – our fleet travels more than 90 million kilometres over the year – so we’re hugely supportive of initiatives like this that help to reduce our emissions.”

 

David said that Z’s B5 biodiesel blend (up to five per cent biodiesel blended with ordinary diesel) works across commercial, industrial and retail diesel vehicle fleets.

 

“Z’s B5 biodiesel is a ‘drop in’ fuel that doesn’t require customers to do anything differently with their diesel vehicles because it meets the same strict fuel specifications as ordinary diesel,” said David.

 

Z’s biodiesel will be available to customers in the Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions towards the middle of 2016.

11/12/2015 - General News

Z to install six rapid charge EV charging stations

Z Energy will install six rapid-charge electric vehicle charging stations at sites in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch by the end of February.

The rapid-charge stations are being supplied by Charge.net.nz and will be available for public use. The Tritium fast chargers draw up to 400 volts of electricity and can charge a standard electric vehicle in the time it takes a customer to buy and drink a cup of coffee.

Z Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said the move was part of Z’s continued commitment to moving from being a part of the climate change problem to the heart of the solution.

“We’re not an oil company, we’re a transport energy company and we’re committed to meeting the needs of our customers, whatever they might be.

“We also want to be at the front of the push towards a cleaner, more sustainable New Zealand and to give Kiwis choices to use more renewable fuels.”

The electric charging stations will cost approximately $5 - $10 for the vast majority of users (i.e. a Nissan Leaf) to fill up, and the charge time from empty will be approximately 10 – 25 minutes, as opposed to up to eight hours for a conventional slow charge. A 25 minute charge will “fill up” an entry level electric vehicle like a Leaf and allow customers to travel around 120 kilometers.

“These stations provide another option to keep our customers moving regardless of the vehicle they drive or the fuel they need,” said Gerri.

At the time that these stations are available for the public, Z will also be commissioning a $26 million investment in the country’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant in Wiri, Auckland. The plant will convert inedible tallow into 20 million litres of high-quality sustainable biodiesel per year. Chief Executive Steve West from Charge.net.nz has found working with Z Energy to be a great experience, and is pleased to see the iconic Kiwi brand charging into the future.

“Z Energy is a great company to work and collaborate with. We are excited to see these stations go live,” he said. 

Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

 

30/10/2015 - General News

Z and St John sign community partnership

Two of New Zealand’s strongest local brands have joined forces in a community partnership that is set to benefit both organisations and the wellbeing of Kiwi communities.

The chief executives of St John and Z Energy today signed a memorandum of understanding on the bonnet of a St John ambulance at Z Ellerslie, Auckland.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts said Z is delighted to be signing this partnership with St John. He went on to say Z will work with St John to progressively install defibrillators across its retail service station network; help St John to develop its own organisational sustainability plan and actively support St John’s fundraising initiatives, including selling St John first aid kits in store along with other fundraising initiatives.

“At Z we’re interested in initiatives that are good for business, good for customers and good for communities. The partnership between Z and St John realises all of these outcomes and we’re really excited about the potential for what we can achieve through it,” said Mike.

The partnership sees St John join Z Energy as a fuel customer and both organisations commit to projects and initiatives that protect the well-being of local communities.

St John Chief Executive Peter Bradley said one of the long-term benefits of the partnership will be collaboration around St John volunteer recognition and sustainability.

“St John is New Zealand’s most trusted charity, there is clear alignment between what our two organisations are committed to. Local communities will benefit from this exciting new partnership,” Bradley said.

Z Chief Executive Mike Bennetts and St John Chief Executive Peter Bradley signing the partnership agreement.



Jonathan Hill: 04 498 0212

 

 

19/10/2015 - General News

Z brings coolest collectable heroes to New Zealand

Z brings coolest collectable heroes to New Zealand

New Zealand’s next big collectable craze strikes at more than 200 Z service stations today.

Z is bringing the stackable collectables ‘Marvel Avengers Blokhedz’ to New Zealand for the first time, with 16 Super Hero and Super-Villain characters to collect, stack, trade and take into battle.

“Marvel Avengers Blokhedz can be stacked and played with any number of ways. We hope Kiwis will love the challenge of collecting and trading them, stacking them, and taking on family and friends in Super Hero inspired games,” Z General Manager Retail, Mark Forsyth said.

“We reckon they’ll be charging out of Z stations faster than super heroes.

“At Z we love having fun, and we think our customers do too – it’s the Kiwi way. We reckon our customers will love the Marvel Avengers Blokhedz range, and will have heaps of fun with them,” Mark said.

“Half of the fun comes from collecting and trading Blokhedz to try and get the full set – and the fastest way to do this is to join forces with family and friends. The other half is taking on family and friends in Marvel Avengers Blokhedz games and challenges – like building the biggest or craziest stack.

“The Marvel Avengers Blokhedz Super Heroes and Super-Villains will appeal to Kiwis across generations – everyone has their favourite.”

Z is giving away Marvel Avengers Blokhedz with every $40 spent (excluding tobacco and Lotto products) while stock lasts. Head to z.co.nz/Blokhedz to find out more about the Marvel Avengers Blokhedz characters, games you can play and competitions you can enter.

06/10/2015 - Sustainability news

Z launches Sustainability Code of Conduct for suppliers

Z’s purpose is to solve what matters for a moving world. At Z, we reckon sustainability matters and we’re committed to acting in a way that benefits the future of the communities we operate in and the planet that carries us all, while at the same time sustaining a long term future for our business.

We want to engage with suppliers who share these commitments. The objective of Z’s Supplier Code of Conduct (SCOC) is to set clear expectations of all our suppliers regarding sustainability, providing a framework for meaningful and collaborative partnerships that ultimately work to increase efficiency and reduce our operational environmental impact together.

You can read our SCOC by visiting the Sustainability Code of Conduct for Suppliers page on our website. You can also watch Gerri, Z's Sustainability Manager, explain how the Code of Conduct will work with this video.

28/09/2015 - Sustainability news

Good times at Goodtime

Sometimes, when it comes to being a leader in the sustainability space, you need to take a step back in order to be able to charge forwards.

A few of our South Island-based retailers noticed that the pies being delivered to their sites were wrapped in boxes, which were then delivered in more boxes. The bad news is, that meant a lot of wastage. The good news is, that meant our retailers and site staff were noticing the wastage and were bothered enough by it that they thought to raise the issue with us!

We contacted our friends at Goodtime Pies, who make the delicious Z pies you see in our stores. Goodtimes’ Managing Director, Phil Pollett, reckoned having cartons inside cartons seemed a bit mad to him, too, and he decided to take action. They now deliver pies in recycled plastic crates, which are re-used every time.

“The change has resolved more than just the sustainability issue, as we realised the second carton was creating a second layer of cardboard which was insulating the product and making it harder to get it properly cold,” said Phil.

“It also prevented our drivers from double-checking the deliveries as they do elsewhere in the country. 

“Taking action definitely resulted in wins all round, and we were pleased to hear the feedback from Z – it’s nice to know we're on the right track.”

Anton Hutton, one of Z’s Christchurch retailers, loves the idea.

“This change saves about 600 boxes per week or 31,000 boxes per year for our 16 sites alone. What a huge resource saved for a small change!”

Well done, Phil and team – we reckon this is a fantastic change, and we look forward to more good times ahead!

22/09/2015 - Sustainability news

Annual GRI Review

Last year for our 2015 Annual Report we used the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Aspects and Indicators framework for the first time. For those that aren’t familiar with GRI, the framework basically gives companies the ability to select the things that really matter to their stakeholders, and then to accurately report against those using an international series of reporting aspects and initiatives.

We received some excellent feedback on our Annual Report last year, including recognition in the Towards Transparency, Best-practice sustainability reporting in New Zealand 2015 Report, and we are looking to continue using the GRI framework in order to make sure our future Annual Reports cover off the things that really matter to our stakeholders.

To make sure we’ve got it right, some of the team here at Z took a look at the aspects we reported against last year, and we’re thinking about making a few changes.

As our stakeholders, we want to hear from you to know what you think. Does the list below cover off the things you’d expect to see from Z? Is there anything missing that you’d like to see covered off?

Please flick us an email with your thoughts to: sustainability@z.co.nz

What Matters GRI Aspect Indicator  
World class Kiwi company Economic performance EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed  
  Compliance SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations new
Options for the future Economic performance EC2 Finanical Implications and other risks and opportunities for the organisation's activities due to climate change
  Fossil Fuel Substitutes OG14 Volume of biofuels produced and purchased meeting sustainability criteria new
Customer Experience Product and Service Labelling PR5 Results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction about the organisation as a whole and major product or service categories
Health, Safety, Security and Environment Effluents and Waste EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills
  Occupational Health and Safety LA5 % of total workforce representated in formal joint management worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programmes
    LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days and absenteeism, and total number of work related fatalities by gender
  Asset Integrity and Process Safety OG13 Number of process safety events, by business activity new
Sustainability Energy EN3 Energy consumption within the organisation
    EN6 Reduction of energy consumption
  Water EN10 % and total volume of water recycled and reused
  Effluents and Waste EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method
  Emissions EN15 Direct GHG emissions scope 1
    EN16 Indirect GHG emissions scope 2
    EN17 Other indirect GHG emissions scope 3
    EN18 GHG emissions intensity new
    EN19 Reduction of GHG emissions
  Transport EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials for the organisations operations, and transporting members of the workforce
  Suppliers EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken
Community Economic Performance EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed including to community groups
  Local Communities SO1 % of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programmes
Our people Employment LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group and gender
    LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees new
    LA3 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender
  Diversity and Equal Opportunity LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership and other indicators of diversity
  Equal Remuneration LA13 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category
  Training and Education LA10 Programmes for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings
    LA11 % of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and employee category

14/09/2015 - Sustainability news

Keep New Zealand Beautiful

At Z, we reckon it’s important to keep New Zealand beautiful, and we’re working hard to reduce our waste as much as possible.

In our quest to reduce our waste and keep New Zealand beautiful, we’ve installed forecourt recycling bins at more than half of our retail sites across the country. Many of our customers are keen gardeners and like to keep their own piece of New Zealand beautiful too. So to help them, we give away the used coffee grounds from our food and coffee sites to anyone who wants them.

We recycle cardboard, paper, plastic and glass at our sites, and in some places without a collection service available, our Z staff have got right behind our efforts and take the recycling to the depots themselves! We reckon we may well be the largest privately-funded public place recycler in New Zealand.

In the process of operating our more than 210 retail sites across the country, we’ve worked out that each week we recycle around 7 tonnes of cardboard and paper and 2 tonnes of plastic and glass, and around 1 tonne of food waste goes to commercial compost or local pig farmers.

We’ve also worked out that we send about 4 tonnes of waste to landfill each week, which is a 62% reduction from around 10 tonnes per week in 2012.

Our key secret to this success are our Waste Warriors on sites, who compete annually to send the biggest proportion of their sites’ waste to recycling. The winner this year, Ashleigh at Z Rangiora, led her winning team to recycle a whopping 87% of everything that came off her site! Here at Z, we reckon we’re making good progress on our sustainability journey, and while we’ve still got a way to go, we’re committed to being at the heart of the solution, which means we’re always looking for ways to do things even better and reduce the impact that our operations have.

If Z is for New Zealand, Z is also for Keeping New Zealand Beautiful.

11/09/2015 - General News

Bigger, better, faster, cleaner

Z Energy will soon be able to utilise two brand new tanker vessels with eco-performance engines to ship fuel around the New Zealand coast.

Coastal Oil Logistics Limited (COLL), which transports petroleum products from Refining NZ at Marsden Point to New Zealand’s ports on behalf of its four fuel company shareholders including Z Energy, has just announced that it will charter two brand new tanker vessels to replace its current tankers, the Torea and Kakariki.

The Torea and Kakariki have been in service by COLL for eight and 17 years respectively.

The Torea’s replacement, a 50,000 deadweight tonne (dwt) fuel products tanker, is due to arrive in February 2016. The Kakariki replacement, a 50,000dwt fuel products and bitumen tanker, will be owned by ASP Ship Management Group (ASP) and will begin service in June 2017.

The two new tankers, which are yet to be named, will not only be bigger, better and faster than what’s being used now, they will also have less of an impact on the environment.

When compared to the current vessels being used by COLL, the expected increase in fuel efficiency from these ships is estimated to be approximately 25%.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said that Z were particularly pleased that COLL had decided on these ships because of the meaningful carbon emission reductions and the state of the art safety systems on board.

“At Z, one of our sustainability goals is to reduce our own carbon intensity, so we were very supportive of COLL selecting the most fuel efficient and safe tanker vessels available to us.

“Our rough calculation suggests that the fuel efficiency savings from the new vessels versus the next best available ship will translate to a reduction of 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, per ship for the industry.

“For Z, this represents a 10% reduction in carbon emissions from our downstream distribution activities in New Zealand, and is another step in the right direction,” said Gerri.  

The other significant benefit of two new sister ships is around safety management as it allows for standardised maintenance, operations and training. In addition, the internal vessel systems supporting safety and quality management are all state of the art.

Gerri said that this was also an example of how trying to be more sustainable made good business sense.

“The fuel consumption savings made from the new ships will actually offset the higher upfront cost of building a new ship, and in fact work out to be more economic over time,” said Gerri.

The Kakariki and Torea will be returned to their owners at the end of their current time charter to COLL.

 

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