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20/08/2019 - General News

Z looks forward to working with Commerce Commission on positive consumer outcomes

Z Energy welcomes the Commerce Commission’s draft report on competition in the fuel retail market.

Z’s Chief Executive, Mike Bennetts, says Z has and will continue to participate fully with the Commission and supports the intent and process of the market study.

“We understand how important it is for New Zealanders to be assured that they’re getting a fair deal for fuel and we agree with the Commission on a number of points,” says Mike.

“We agree with the Commission that terminal arrangements require updating, something we have advocated for quite some time.”

“Z is focused on the future of the industry and we look forward to working with the Commission on a model that’s fit for purpose today and tomorrow, and results in the best possible outcome for New Zealand.”

Mike says Z also agrees with the Commission’s sentiment in the draft report that loyalty schemes should act in the best interest of consumers.

“We’ve made it a business priority to ensure that our loyalty programme, Pumped, is simple and easy to access. There’s no minimum spend to get an everyday fuel discount with Pumped and anyone can access it. Three million Kiwis are signed up to Airpoints and 2.8 million are part of Fly Buys.

Profitability

As the study progresses, Z looks forward to understanding more about the methodology and data used by the Commission to assess profitability.

“Given the level of investment we make and the risks Z incurs across our operations we don’t believe our returns are unreasonable,” says Mike.

“Our profit has a purpose – we invest in New Zealand. We’re a Kiwi company. We’re based here and we’re absolutely committed to Kiwis. 50 percent of our shareholders are based here in New Zealand, either through KiwiSaver funds or through the approximately 8,000 Mum and Dad shareholders throughout the country. There are over 2,000 people employed across our network and we invest in their development and their well-being at work. We invest in local communities through programs like Good in The Hood and we’re also investing in the energy transition, including at our self-funded bio-diesel plant."

Wholesale market

The draft report discusses the nature of wholesale agreements that Z, BP and Mobil have with ‘third party distributors’. Specifically, the Commission is focussing on the terms of these contracts, and the ways in which these could impact pump prices.

“It’s our position that Z’s wholesale agreements are already negotiated robustly and terms have landed in a place that represents value to both parties. It's worth noting that distributors do have an ability to compete in the retail fuel market, as evidenced by the well-documented number of competitors entering new regions of New Zealand in recent times”, says Mike.

Consumer choice

“Kiwis have a lot of choice when it comes to the type of service they’re after, with more than 1500 service stations throughout the country. Around thirty eight percent in the North Island and around 53 percent in the South Island are branded something other than Caltex, Z, BP or Mobil.  People can vote with their feet painlessly – unlike in banking or electricity retail, there are very few barriers to switching service stations.”

 Z looks forward to submitting during the consultation process on 13 September.

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Media enquiries

Victoria Crockford – Victoria.crockford@z.co.nz, +64 21347833

Investor enquiries

Matt Hardwick – matt.hardwick@z.co.nz, +64 277874688

 

 

Z Energy unites fuel network for business customers

26/07/2019 - General News

Z Energy unites fuel network for business customers

Z makes fuelling up simpler & more productive for small business customers with new combined network & fuel card. 

New Zealand’s largest transport energy company, Z Energy Ltd, has launched a new flag-ship business fuel card offer, Z Business Plus, that gives small and medium-sized businesses access to one of the country’s biggest fuel networks. 
 
Z has combined the Z, Caltex and Challenge networks with Z Business Plus so customers can now access more than 550 Z, Caltex and Challenge service stations and truck stops with a single account and one fuel card.  
 
Z’s General Manager of Commercial, Nicolas Williams, says Z asked small and medium Kiwi businesses what mattered most to them and used the findings to design Z Business Plus to meet their needs. 
 
In New Zealand there are around 150,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) employing between one and 50 people. It was important to Z that we created a product designed specifically for these businesses and the 400,000 or so self-employed people around the country,” says Nicolas. 
 
Nicolas says SMEs are consistently seeking ways to improve productivity by freeing up time spent on low value activity, like refuelling their vehicles.  
 
We’ve combined our networks so that drivers have more sites to choose from and won’t need to take as many detours to fuel up. This means Z Business Plus offers a simple, convenient and fast way of keeping SME vehicles on the move around New Zealand. 
 
“The scale of our new combined network will help business owners save time, fuel and money. It will also help reduce the distance driven and time behind the wheel – improving driver productivity and safety,” says Nicolas. 
 
Nicolas says Z’s ongoing market research has consistently heard SMEs want to be rewarded for loyalty to their suppliers. 
 
“To ensure Z is recognising business customers for choosing us, Z Business Plus gives them 8 cents per litre fuel discount at any Z, Caltex or Challenge site, as well as the chance to earn Fly Buys or Airpoints on their accounts. 
 
Nicolas says Z Business Plus also reflects the need for payment flexibility. 
 
“Businesses owners have told us that cash-flow can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve added up to 40 days’ credit, and a choice of four invoice dates,” says Nicolas. 
 
More information on Z Business Plus can be found at https://business.z.co.nz/. Z is also launching a range of other fuel card offers under the new Z Business brand, to meet the needs of larger businesses, corporates and high fuel volume customers.    

                                                               

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For more information or comment contact: Z Business Communications, Georgina Ball: 021 191 1433 or Georgina.ball@z.co.nz.

30/05/2019 - General News

From Giant Wind Turbines to Electric Planes - Michael Liebreich Public Lecture

In what’s been termed the “three-third world”, one third of global electricity in 2040 will be generated by wind and solar, one third of the vehicles on the road will be electric and the world’s economy will be one third more energy efficient.


But how do we transition to this future? What sort of policy settings will be required? And how will new initiatives like the Zero Carbon Bill help New Zealand’s contribution towards these goals?

International renewable energy and green finance expert Michael Liebreich will address these questions - and many more - in a public lecture at Victoria University of Wellington. He will then be joined by the University’s Chair in Sustainable Energy Systems Professor Alan Brent for a question-and-answer session.

This event is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington and sponsored by Z Energy. 

Click below for more details and to register for the event:

Victoria-University-Public-Lecture-with-Clean-Energy-Expert-Michael-Liebreich.pdf

 

 

 

26/03/2019 - Sustainability news

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.

 

14/03/2019 - General News

Z Energy, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy and Air New Zealand join forces in carbon afforestation partnership

Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy and Z Energy have today announced the formation of Dryland Carbon LLP (Drylandcarbon), a limited liability partnership that will see the four companies invest in the establishment of a geographically diversified forest portfolio to sequester carbon.

Drylandcarbon will target the purchase and licensing of marginal land suited to afforestation to establish a forest portfolio predominantly comprising permanent forests, with some production forests. The primary objective is to produce a stable supply of forestry-generated NZU carbon credits, but the initiative will also expand New Zealand’s national forest estate. These credits will support the partners to meet their annual requirements under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Drylandcarbon will be managed by Lewis Tucker & Co who will provide management services throughout the life of the partnership. Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, Genesis Energy and Z Energy will not have day-to-day involvement in the running of the business.

Drylandcarbon CEO, Anthony (Ant) Beverley, says the partnership is a terrific example of Kiwi companies coming together for a greater good, and that climate change mitigation and commercial benefit are not mutually exclusive.

“The partnership intends making a serious contribution to the acceleration of afforestation and planting in New Zealand, at a time when carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation are becoming increasingly important to all of us. Drylandcarbon’s afforestation plans are closely aligned to a number of key Government objectives and will deliver a range of environmental and sustainable development benefits to our regions, while also delivering commercial benefit to the four partners over time.

“The portfolio will be initially established with high sequestration capacity exotic species, however,
the majority is expected to consist of permanent forests. The intention is to transition these permanent forests to native forests over the long term.

“Given the potential size of the portfolio, the partnership is well placed to make a real contribution to New Zealand’s broader emission reduction objectives. In targeting some of the more remote and difficult marginal land, Drylandcarbon also anticipates its activities can support improved environmental outcomes in areas needing land use change.”

Drylandcarbon is currently engaging with both farming and regional communities around the establishment of carbon forests on private land.

 

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