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13/03/2020

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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19/02/2020

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

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

 

21/10/2019

Z Energy welcomes nomination for Deloitte Top 200 Sustainable Business Leadership award

Z Energy is today celebrating its nomination as ‘Sustainable Business Leader’ in this year’s Deloitte Top 200 business awards, alongside Mercury and Air New Zealand.

Z’s Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, says Z’s nomination in the sustainability award’s inaugural year highlights the significant work that Z has done for a decade on ensuring that it is ‘at the heart’ of sustainability solutions and contributes positively to the welfare of New Zealand’s natural environment and its people.

“In November 2010, when we published our Sustainability Stand, we stated we would move from being in the middle of the problem to being at the heart of the solution. This nomination recognises all the steps we’ve taken on the way to achieve that purpose. For example, we are currently halfway through reducing our operational carbon emissions by 30% from a 2017 baseline.

“As low as our operational emissions go, the big issue for climate change is the emissions from the products we sell, these being 150 times the impact of our operational emissions. That’s where our attention is right now, with our investment in climate positive car-sharing company, Mevo and biofuels, and a look at EV charging stations and hydrogen as well. We look forward to potential partnerships with other nominated businesses to bring these choices to life for Kiwis”, says Mike.

Z’s Sustainability and Community Manager, Gerri Ward, says that she is proud of Z’s sustainability record and the organisation-wide commitment that supports Z’s Sustainability Stand.

“This nomination is not about one person or one role, but about the effort going on everyday across the entire Z network to make sustainability a way of working. It has always been our aim to provide leadership not just by way of what we do, but the way that we do it.

“From our $1.5 million per year investment in permanent forest projects to voluntarily offset our operational emissions, to our sponsorship of over 40,000 communityplanted trees via Trees That Count, to establishing New Zealand’s largest private recycling scheme, to our biodiesel plant, to our hybrid company fleet, to our hosting of international energy experts such as Bloomberg New Energy Finance founder Michael Liebreich, we aim to challenge our staff, other businesses and government stakeholders to always aim for the best, most enduring sustainability outcomes,” says Gerri.

Z looks forward to attending the awards night on December 5, 2019.

26/03/2019

Forestry offsets a good interim solution

The recent report released by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (Farms, forests and fossil fuels: The next great landscape transformation) provides constructive challenge and food for thought on how New Zealand sets targets and climate policy.

Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, agrees that the burning of fossil fuels needs to dramatically reduce by the second half of the century.

“Z has always known that we cannot rely on offsetting alone to move to a Zero Carbon future.

“The use of fossil fuels needs to, at the very least, reduce dramatically by 2050. This is entirely consistent with our pledge as a founding member of the Climate Leaders Coalition, with Z’s own scenario planning work, and with the Paris Agreement that New Zealand is a part of.

“This is why we have been investing in alternative, cleaner fuels and alternative mobility technologies, with a deliberate strategy on how we prepare for a low carbon future.

“In the meantime, we can’t afford to do nothing about our current emissions.

“Trees sequester carbon, which is why we have, and will continue to invest in permanent forestry as a way to offset Z’s emissions as well as the emissions from the products we sell,” said Gerri.  

Z says that a clear pathway and policy certainty, including transitional policies, will be crucial to giving companies the ability to plan for a Zero Carbon future, while also undertaking immediate mitigation and transition activities.

“We all know that time is running out if we want to keep global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius – we can’t afford to wait for a magic future date to take action.

“We hope to continue to engage constructively with policymakers and be a part of the solution when it comes to transitioning New Zealand to a low carbon economy,” said Gerri.

 

10/08/2018

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.

12/07/2018

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

09/07/2018

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.

 

About carbon offsetting
Carbon offset schemes allow individuals and companies to invest in environmental projects in order to balance out their own carbon footprints.


About the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI)
The Permanent Forest Sink Initiative (PFSI) is one of the government's sustainable forestry programmes. It enables landowners to receive carbon units through the creation of permanent forests in New Zealand.

 

09/11/2017

Z gets behind NZ Recycling week with plastic bag ban

All Z service stations will be free of single use customer plastic bags by June 2018, as the company responds to a groundswell of support from Kiwis for eliminating New Zealand’s dependency on plastic bags.

According to a recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050 – the amount of plastic will literally outweigh fish. Worryingly, there’s also evidence that fish ingest plastic mistaking it for food, and the effect of this on human health is still unknown.

As part of Z’s commitment to environmental sustainability, Z has started encouraging less use of plastic bags, and from June 2018, will have no plastic bags available at sites at all.
Z’s Sustainability Manager, Gerri Ward, said that going plastic bag free was the right thing to do.

“We may be a fuel company, but we’re determined to be at the heart of the sustainability solution, and doing something simple like no longer having plastic bags available seems like another small but meaningful step towards a better future. We will take the two and a half million plastic bags we give out each year completely out of circulation.

“Plastic bags take around 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,” says Gerri.

Plastic bags are not the only thing Z is taking action on. The company is in the process of rolling out new modular forecourt recycling bins at 115 Z sites.

“What we’ve found with the existing bins was that a lot of recycling was getting tainted and had to be thrown into landfill.

“The new modular forecourt bins separate out customers’ different recycling materials, and will better support customers to recycle,” says Gerri.

Gerri says that New Zealand’s waste volume per capita is the second highest in the developed world and more than double the average.

As part of the push to reduce waste to landfill, Z also introduced internationally certified compostable coffee cups late last year. This means that instead of 4.5 million coffee cups going to landfill each year, customers can now drop them in Z’s collection bins at Z Espress sites instead.

“Everything we’re doing is all about small steps adding up to giant strides. We have a long way to go, but we keep gaining momentum and we don’t intend to stop anytime soon,” says Gerri.

The real impact of plastic bags

General

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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