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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.

01/06/2018 - General News

No more plastic bags at Z

Z Energy service stations have stopped providing single-use plastic bags to customers from the start of June.

Z has taken this action in response to a groundswell of support from Kiwis for ending New Zealand’s dependency on plastic bags.

The move is part of Z’s commitment to environmental sustainability and will take the 2.5 million plastic bags that Z previously provided each year out of circulation.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, says ditching plastic bags completely is a simple way to reduce waste and pollution.

“Plastic bags are a major source of ocean and river pollution. They can take up to 1000 years to degrade and even then, they never disappear completely.

“Even worse, 10 per cent of all dead animals found in beach clean-ups are entangled in plastic bags, so knowing Z’s given out its last ever bag is a good feeling,” Gerri said.

Z is encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags and won’t be replacing single use bags with an alternative because of concerns that some common replacements are also bad for the environment.

Gerri acknowledges the move may inconvenience some people, while they get used to the change.

“Most Z store customers buy only a few small items, so they’re well placed to make the shift to a more environmentally sustainable way of shopping.” Gerri said.

Getting rid of plastic bags is just the start for reducing waste, with New Zealand’s waste volume per capita being the second highest in the developed world.

“We know the country’s problem with plastic waste is far bigger than plastic bags. No longer providing plastic bags to customers is a good way to start attacking the problem and something many New Zealanders are keen to get on board with,” Gerri said.

Other measures Z has taken to reduce waste to landfill include:
  • Rolling out easier-to-use modular recycling bins at 120 Z forecourts so far, to separate recycling and prevent it being tainted and sent to landfill.
  • Introducing internationally certified, fully commercially compostable coffee cups and collection bins
  • Returning milk containers used for coffee to the supplier for re-use
  • Next on the agenda is removing plastic straws from Z service stations.

“Z has a long way to go, but small steps add up and we don’t intend to stop anytime soon,” Gerri said.

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For further information or interviews please contact Georgina Ball +64 (04) 498 0132

 

 

27/04/2018 - General News

Communities to decide how to split $1m funding

Customer voting in Z Energy’s annual nationwide community funding programme, Good in the Hood, kicks off on 1 May.

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Good in the Hood gives over a million dollars every year to around 800 Kiwi groups doing good for people or the environment in the areas around the country’s 200-plus Z service stations.

Every Z service station has chosen four groups in their own neighbourhoods to support in 2018 and will share $4000 between them. Locals will determine what percentage of the funding goes to each group by voting with an orange token each time they shop at Z in May.

Z Community Manager, Gerri Ward, said the need each group is addressing will be labelled on the voting booths, so locals can clearly see the impact the funding will have.

“New Zealanders will help address needs in local neighbourhoods across the country, when they vote in Z Energy’s Good in the Hood this May.

“The needs identified by groups in 2018 range from reducing food waste and feeding the hungry, to reducing illegal rubbish dumping in our creeks, to providing emergency air services and saving local lives." 

Gerri says Good in the Hood gives the local service stations the choice of which groups to support, to help ensure that local needs are addressed.

“We reckon the people working and living in each area know best what change or help is most needed in their communities,” Gerri said.

On top of the $4000 in May, every Z service station has an additional $1,000 to use for discretionary Good in the Hood neighbourhood support in 2018.

Voting runs for the month of May. To find out more about Good in the Hood, visit www.z.co.nz/goodinthehood.

ENDS

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

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