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23/03/2020 - General News

Z Energy is an essential service provider and has sufficient fuel supply at all sites

Today, the Government announced that New Zealand is moving to risk Level 4 in the next 48 hours to prevent further community transmission of Covid-19.

Our service stations and truck stops are considered essential services and will be able to stay open to support all New Zealanders.

We have plenty of fuel of all grades at all sites, and as with the supermarkets we encourage the public to fuel up normally.

Pumps will remain open during the self-isolation and we encourage all customers to start pay at pump and contactless payments options (including Fastlane and Sharetank in our Z App) as soon as possible.

We are working on a plan for ensuring that convenience items will be available and will update the community within the 48-hour window on how that will work at different service stations.

For up-to-date information, visit the Covid-19 section of our website. 

Media Enquiries: Victoria Crockford 

13/03/2020 - Sustainability news

Waste Watch 2019

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Waste starts with us and ends with us. Not only do we pay to dispose of our rubbish, hidden costs come from the impact on our environment, cleaning up rubbish from our rivers and ocean, dealing with air pollution, climate change and the impact on communities if waste is not dealt with responsibly.

Each year the average kiwi sends over 700kgs of household waste to landfill. This puts us in the top 10 list of countries for the most amount of waste generated per person in the world.

We know we can do better. In fact, of all the waste that’s sent to landfill in NZ each year 75% could be reused, recycled or composted.

At Z we’ve committed to reducing waste, to do more with less and to take the full environmental cost of our activities into account in our business. This is most apparent on our retail sites with an annual Waste Warriors competition being run to highlight the top recyclers in the country. Recycling has become BAU for many people and with the largest public recycling scheme on offer through Z’s retail stations we wanted to shift the focus from ‘how much’ to ‘what more’ and focus on sharing top tips for reducing waste with our network of staff, customers and suppliers.

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The competition ran from October to November 2019 with 81 sites engaged. Judging completed in January and the 2019 Waste Watch champions are Z Highbrook! The team at Z Highbrook diverted 75% of their waste from landfill through composting and recycling. To engage their staff they created a video highlighting many of the ongoing activities and new opportunities for waste reduction on site. As staff member Jesla points out “Simply asking the customer if they would like a receipt saves paper, which saves trees from being cut down, which helps the quality of our air and environment” as we say at Z – “Giant Strides Start With Small Steps”

Many of these small steps get passed by or forgotten, however the competition is a time to celebrate those at Z and within our communities who go above and beyond to reduce their waste footprint. For example, the team at Z Inglewood who collaborates with a local lady who turns empty milk bottles into lunch boxes for school kids, or the team at Z Picton who, frustrated at the lack of industrial composting facilities available in the area, collect our used Z Espress compostable coffee cups and send them over to Nelson with a team member travelling that way for work.

Z’s Sustainability Champion Camilla Read says: “The passion some of our site staff have for waste reduction is infectious. Their drive to reduce waste on site has the ability to influence not just other staff members but their family and friends as well. Waste is ultimately everyone's problem and we can all be at the heart of the solution by working together, learning from others and sharing ideas and opportunities.”

Camilla says: “There is still a huge challenge with waste management constraints on a national scale. We’re committed to continue to form partnerships to reduce the creation of waste products, for example with our Z Espress KeepCups, and to work with our suppliers to find solutions for problem wastes such as plastics” This year, Z has signed up to the NZ Plastics Packaging Declaration and will be offering customers a solution for recycling lubricant oil bottles in partnership with other major lubricant brands. 

During the waste watch focus in October and November the Z network recycled 196 tonnes of waste (about the same weight as 16 garbage trucks) and sent over 25 tonnes of food waste away to compost facilities (that’s equivalent to 113,000 pies!!)

Congratulations to all the sites, customers and suppliers working with us to reduce waste every day. Check out the infographic below for just some of the stories that staff have shared.

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09/03/2020 - General News

Z responds to oil market changes

Z Energy has been closely monitoring the price of crude after yesterday morning’s news that OPEC and Russia were unable to reach an agreement on production in relation to the impact of Covid-19, which has caused a response in global oil markets that has not been witnessed since the first day of the Gulf War in 1991.

“Being unprecedented in the life of Z as a business, we responded in the immediate aftermath by saying we would act prudently, but sufficiently promptly, which we have done,” says Z CEO Mike Bennetts.

“Yesterday, we put our prices down by up to 6c per litre across 90 percent of our sites. This morning, we’ve responded by putting down prices a further 7 cents per litre across all fuel grades and all sites, including Caltex,” says Mike.   

Z will continue to monitor the situation and respond in a way that reflects all price inputs, including the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), rent and maintenance, shipping and local competition, which, due to the successful proliferation of various competitor models, has been the biggest factor in determining New Zealand’s pump prices for the past year. 

“While this circumstance is unique and we are treating it as such, in general terms the price of crude is not the primary determining factor for pump prices in New Zealand anymore. Gone are the days when Z went up and went down in direct correlation with commodity prices. There has been a fundamental shift due to the success of “no frills” competitors over the past year and the main factor in pump prices is now local competition”, says Mike.

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Media queries – victoria.crockford@z.co.nz

Investor queries – matt.hardwick@z.co.nz

 

08/03/2020 - General News

Z Energy comment on oil commodity prices and the impact of Covid-19

Z, like many others, is following the significant movements in the oil market. It is clear that the impact of Covid-19 is escalating when it comes to global commodity markets, and that this is now likely being compounded by geopolitical machinations in relation to oil-producing states.

Before Z makes any further detailed comment, we need to understand how the markets will settle.  

What we can say is that we will be reacting prudently, but sufficiently promptly, in relation to the price of crude, as passing through any wild price swings does not benefit anyone.

Z pricing response to Covid-19 to date

All Z service stations across the country have seen a continuous reduction in prices over the past recent weeks, which reflects all of the factors that go into our pricing, including but not limited to the price of crude, the New Zealand dollar and the dominant hyper local competition factors.

27/02/2020 - General News

Z Energy response to Government’s Fuel Market Bill

Z Energy (NZX:ZEL) welcomes today’s announcement that the Government is acting quickly on the Commerce Commission’s recommendations following the conclusion of the retail fuel market study in December last year.

Z CEO Mike Bennetts says that the details of the fuel industry bill that have been released today are consistent with Z’s expectations and commentary in December 2019, and that there is benefit to the industry in both the proposed changes and in the certainty of the Bill passing into legislation mid-year.


“As we have stated for some time, we believe that there are competition and consumer benefits to measures such as a Terminal Gate Pricing regime and the display of Premium fuel prices on all price boards. We look forward to working with stakeholders as required in the coming months to ensure a robust set of regulations and piece of legislation. A speedy resolution enables us to move forward and avoids regulatory overhang for all participants,” says Mike.

Z was disappointed to learn that participants will have 18 months once the legislation comes in to display Premium prices when this is something that could be done immediately.

“We find it surprising that it would take 18 months to bring about price transparency. This market study has ultimately been about ensuring positive consumer outcomes, so we believe it is essential that all consumers are able to compare all prices across all sites as quickly as possible. As per our commitment to Minister Faafoi in response to his letter in December last year, we will continue to our work rolling out Premium prices across the Z and Caltex networks by mid-year,” Mike says.


Media enquiries: Victoria Crockford 
Investor enquiries: Matt Hardwick 

19/02/2020 - Sustainability news

What is the carbon cost of refuelling your vehicle?

For the better part of a decade, Z has worked on reducing its environmental impact and helping others reduce theirs.

Now, with the launch of Carbon Count, any Z app user can offset up to 100 percent of their fuel purchases at a cost of around $4.30 for a 50 litre tank of petrol. (Prices vary depending on whether you use petrol or diesel.)

Carbon Count calculates your carbon footprint in real time, using the industry standard value for carbon, and you can check your total as often as you like. You can choose to pay each time you fill up, once a month, or whenever. Motorists who make purchases at the till or via another retailer can still use Carbon Count to offset their fuel, by downloading Z App, then entering payment details and number of litres purchased.

“Many people say they want to do something about climate change, but they don’t know what to do – Carbon Count is a response to that,” says Z’s Chief Innovation Officer, Scott Bishop.

All the money goes to supporting Permanent Forests New Zealand, which aggregates, markets, and sells carbon credits on behalf of forest owners registered under the Government’s Permanent Forest Sink Initiative - all fully auditable and traceable.

Trees act as carbon sinks, consuming carbon dioxide and storing it in the leaves and roots. Permanent forestry land is locked up and protected for a minimum of 50 years and the sole income derived from it is carbon offsets. Once the units are bought, they are taken out of circulation, meaning that they cannot be used for compliance with the Emissions Trading Scheme.

This is important because for each carbon offset, there is one less metric tonne of carbon in the atmosphere than there otherwise would have been. 

The fuel that Z sells each year releases around 9 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, which is about 9 percent of New Zealand’s total emissions. The company has recognised this impact since its founding in 2010 and has put finding solutions at the heart of the business. One step they have taken is to work with Permanent Forests New Zealand to protect 4,000 hectares of permanent forest with 93,000 tonnes of carbon capture capability since 2017. This is the largest single voluntary contribution to forest carbon sinks in New Zealand to date.

Carbon Count is a way of offering customers the same ability to take action, while sending the message that everybody needs to use less fuel and to use it responsibly when they do.

“We set the sustainability standards eight years ago around reducing our impact and enabling others to reduce theirs,” explains Z’s Head of Sustainability and Community, Gerri Ward. “Z developed a 5-year program and worked out how to do more, better.”

With 2,500 retail staff and a large network of service stations, Z can make a substantive difference towards New Zealand’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The company has embraced initiatives such as coffee cups that can be composted on the forecourt; developed the country’s first biodiesel plant using local, renewable feedstock; and has worked with the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority on driving efficiency programs for commercial drivers.

“We are lucky to have visibility and impact and we need to make the most of both on behalf of Kiwis,” says Gerri. “We want to be able to provide the easiest way for people to reduce the impact of their fuel use. With everything transformational, you have to make the starting point easy for people.”

https://z.co.nz/carbon-count

19/02/2020 - Sustainability news

Why carbon sinks are important for urgent action on climate change

As humans gobble through the earth’s resources, we release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, warming the earth and harming our environment at a rate that is unprecedented and unsustainable. This is no longer hypothetical -- it’s happening. 

An effective way of consuming excess carbon is through carbon sinks, which store carbon for indefinite periods of time. Examples are kelp farms and forests. Ocean and land sinks absorb around half of the CO2 emissions produced by human activities; as polluters look for ways to reduce the impact of their actions, carbon sinks have become more widely understood.

The government estimates that in 2017 New Zealand forests sequestered – or ‘sucked up’– 24 million tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere, offsetting about a third of the country’s total emissions. There is opportunity for forests to work even harder. Historically, New Zealand was covered in trees; we have lost two thirds of our natural tree coverage to human settlement, when land was cleared for pasture and towns. 

Carbon offsetting through permanent forestry has multiple benefits – trees don’t just suck up carbon, they can improve soil quality, prevent erosion and promote biodiversity, creating habitats for animals. This is especially true in the case of natives. 

“Land use and land use change is a huge part of the climate change issue that people often forget about,” says Ollie Belton of Permanent Forests New Zealand, which links companies like Z Energy with landowners who have carbon credits to sell. Permanent Forests New Zealand manages about 10,000 hectares of permanent forest throughout the country. 

“It’s cool and it’s growing,” says Ollie of carbon offsetting through forestry. “People can see that there’s an opportunity to do this instead of clearing land for farming.”

Z is one of the biggest players in the voluntary carbon offsetting space. They have bought into 20 forest schemes, with about half being pure native forests and half being a mixture of native and exotic trees, including Douglas fir, eucalyptus and Pinus radiata. 

There are two ways trees can be used to offset carbon -- through plantation forestry or permanent forestry. Plantation forestry is usually a monoculture (most often the fast-growing Pinus radiata), and while the trees provide habitat for kiwi and falcons and help stabilise the soil, after 25 to 30 years they are harvested, and all that good work is undone. 

With permanent forestry, the land is locked up and protected for a minimum of 50 years and the sole income derived from it is carbon offsets. Once those units are bought, they are taken out of circulation, meaning that they cannot be used for compliance, says Ollie. 

The government’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is the main way New Zealand meets its obligations to reduce emissions. It puts a price on emissions and provides a financial incentive for businesses to reduce their impact, through cutting emissions or offsetting them. To offset them, a business must buy emission units, with each unit representing one metric tonne of carbon dioxide. 

Z Energy’s participation in Permanent Forests NZ is the largest single voluntary purchase of units from permanent forest sinks in New Zealand to date. “We are very intentionally going above and beyond our ETS obligation,” says Gerri Ward, Head of Community and Sustainability at Z.

“It is all about impact. I’m really conscious that, because of our size, the way we do business and our values that we have significant impact. Supporting permanent forests is about that impact being underpinned by integrity and validity.” 

https://z.co.nz/carbon-count

 

13/12/2019 - General News

Z makes a move on price board transparency

Z makes a move on price board transparency 

Z Energy has responded to the 5 December Commerce Commission market study report by putting up its first price board that displays all fuel grades, including Premium, at Z Beach Road in Auckland. The board also displays the everyday 6c per litre discount that can be achieved through its Pumped loyalty program. 

Z General Manager of Retail, Andy Baird says that Z is committed to rolling the price boards out across its 340 sites, including Caltex, within the next 6 months.

“We’ve advocated for full price board transparency for some time and have been trialing such signage with select customers to ensure the information displayed is clear. So, we’re very pleased that one of the outcomes of the fuel market study was that this would be mandated across the industry.

“Solving this issue is something that all retailers can and should do quickly. We placed the order for our boards the morning that the final study was published, and we’re excited to be able to get our first board up and deliver further transparency to motorists in Auckland at Z Beach Road in time for Christmas,” says Andy.

Z looks forward to working with customers, industry colleagues and the Government on progressing the Commerce Commission outcomes and its world-class ambitions for the New Zealand fuel industry.

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Media enquiries: Victoria Crockford – Victoria.crockford@z.co.nz

 

05/12/2019 - General News

Z supports swift action on proposed fuel market changes

Z Energy welcomes the completion of the Commerce Commission’s market study into the retail fuel market.

Z Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts says that Z is pleased about the resolution of the market study and believes many of the recommendations made by the Commission will help to improve on the strong levels of competition that already exist in the retail market.

“We’ve supported this study from the beginning. We’re a New Zealand-owned company and we’re committed to great outcomes for New Zealanders. The conclusion of the study provides us with the certainty to continue taking decisive action on creating the fuel industry of the future on behalf of all motorists and our many Kiwi shareholders,” says Mike.

Z is taking action on increased transparency

Z fully supports the Commerce Commission’s recommendations on increased scrutiny, including price board transparency.

Mike says that Z has already put in an order for the price boards required to display all Premium fuel prices.  

“Our retail team has been given the go ahead to get price boards ordered ready for display, as of this morning. We, like the Government, are committed to acting quickly and in the interest of Kiwi motorists,” says Mike.  

Z is also pleased that Terminal Gate Pricing and an enforceable industry code –recommendations that the company supported following the draft report – are supported by the Commission and by the Government in principle.

“As we’ve said before – we believe that Terminal Gate Pricing, supported by a robust industry code, will assist in creating a more observable wholesale market and enhanced competitive conditions.

“It is our hope that it will also establish the information gathering framework required for the Government to monitor prices more consistently across the market so that data is as accurate as possible,” concludes Mike.

The Commission has acknowledged that good levels of innovation in the industry are providing customers with increased choice and Z is committed to continuing with its innovation work to improve customer experience to the benefit of our customers.

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Media enquiries: Victoria Crockford – Victoria.crockford@z.co.nz  

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