21/10/2019 - Sustainability news
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.