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15/02/2021 - General News

Z Energy supports customers to stay safe at its service stations during COVID-19 Alert Level changes

Z Energy reminds its customers that their safety, and the safety of our Z Energy team, are of central importance to the company during Alert Level 3 in the Auckland region and Alert Level 2 throughout the rest of the country.

At both Alert Levels 2 and 3, Z stores, including bathrooms, will be open and there is plenty of fuel and shop supplies - we encourage everyone to fuel up and shop as per normal.

To keep our customers and our team safe, we will be operating controlled physical distancing and Perspex screens at all counters and our Auckland region teams will be wearing face masks.

As always, if customers are feeling unwell, we request that they do not visit us.

Contactless payment options

Z has pay at pump available for those customers who do not wish to enter the store.

Z now also offers two payment options in Z App to further reduce the number of surfaces customers need to touch – pay in app and pay by plate – and we encourage all customers to consider using these options to support their own wellbeing, that of other customers and – importantly – our people on the frontline.

To use pay in app, motorists need to download Z App, register their preferred payment method, and fuel type. Once registered, they can drive in, select their pump number, and tap ‘Unlock’. Once they have finished fuelling, they hang up the pump and payment happens automatically via the app.

To use pay by plate, motorists need to download Z App and register their number plate. Once registered, the cameras at select Z Energy service stations will read the vehicle’s number plates automatically and release the pumps in any lane. As with pay in app, payment is automatically processed in the app once the nozzle is replaced.

Pay in app is available nationwide. Pay by plate is currently available at 60 Z Energy stations around the country.

For more information, visit Pay with Z App.

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

28/01/2021 - General News

Z Energy welcomes Government’s biofuels policy announcement

Z Energy welcomes today’s announcement by the government that a biofuels mandate is to be implemented to help the country make a start on the carbon reduction in transport that is so urgently required.

Accompanying Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Transport Minister Michael Wood and Climate Change Minister James Shaw at the Z Energy biodiesel plant in Wiri, South Auckland today, Z Energy CEO Mike Bennetts said that climate change action requires policy certainty and industry investment, and that Z is committed to playing its part to transition New Zealand off fossil fuels.

“We’ve long said that we want to be at the heart of the climate change solution – working on that commitment is what gets the Z team up in the morning and will play a significant role in creating value for Z in the long term. The policy certainty created by today’s announcement gives us confidence to review our investment in a safe and reliable biodiesel supply chain. We believe that our local production capability is a good news story for New Zealand and an example of the potential of the New Zealand circular economy.

“We will continue to work on Z’s strategic opportunities for other fuel alternatives such as electric and hydrogen as we know that there is no silver bullet - the best fuel for the best use case will be the foundation of a successful energy transition.

“We want to work with all our customers and all New Zealanders wherever they are at in their low carbon journey with solutions that work for their business and household needs,” said Mike.

Z has been producing Z Bio D at its Wiri plant, Te Kora Hou out of inedible tallow, a local waste agriculture product, as well as importing a biodiesel from Australia to supplement its stocks while the plant has paused production. Z currently supplies a number of key commercial customers directly and has a biodiesel-only truck stop at Highbrook, East Tamaki.

Z General Manager Supply, David Binnie said that one of the key benefits of biodiesel is its compatibility with existing diesel engines.

“New Zealand has a lot of diesel trucks and utes and many of our customers who drive them have been seeking lower-carbon options. Z Bio D meets this need, as it complies with New Zealand’s strict diesel as well as biodiesel specifications, meaning customers can use it with confidence right now. The best part is, each tank of Z Bio D at a 5 per cent blend rate has around four per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than a tank of regular diesel. In the bigger picture, the Te Kora Hou plant running at its 20 million litres per year capacity would provide biodiesel that is the equivalent of taking 17,000 diesel vehicles off the road, and it is just one plant.”

Addressing the inclusion of aviation fuels in the policy announcement, Dave said that Z and Air New Zealand have a long-standing partnership when it comes to the Sustainable Aviation Fuel, or Biojet, opportunity for New Zealand.

“We look forward to continuing our five- year partnership with Air New Zealand and others developing a road map for Sustainable Aviation Fuel to become the norm in New Zealand,” said Dave.

Further information

  • Z Bio D is currently ‘B5’ blend, meaning it is 5% biodiesel to 95% regular diesel. We chose this blend to ensure compatibility with current diesel specifications and the broadest range of diesel engines. This blend can be scaled up to provide even more low carbon benefit depending on policy settings and engine specifications.
  • Biodiesel is also a cleaner burning alternative to regular diesel, helping to address the matter of air pollution from diesel vehicles.
  • For more information about Z biodiesel visit - https://z.co.nz/keeping-business-on-the-move/fuels/z-biodiesel/
  • For the New Zealand Biojet Consortium submission to the Interim Climate Change Commission visit - https://z.co.nz/assets/Uploads/Submission-to-ICCC-on-Reducing-GHG-Emissions-through-Sustainable-Aviation-Fuel-SAF2.pdf

Media enquiries: victoria.crockford@z.co.nz; 021347833
Investor enquiries: matt.hardwick@z.co.nz

 

26/01/2021 - Sustainability news

Z Kilbirnie crowned Waste Warriors

At Z we’re on mission to more with less. That means we deliver what matters for a moving world whilst contributing towards the welfare of New Zealand's natural environment and its people.

Our Waste Warriors competition is run at the end of each year in a bid to find and crown our network’s waste champions. The two-month competition challenges sites to work within their teams alongside suppliers and customers to reduce their waste. This year’s competition saw some of our staff take waste to new heights with some incredible creativity in showing off their upcycling skills and making site decorations from cardboard, paper and bottle caps!

The overall winner was Z Kilbirnie! The site diverted 94% of waste from landfill during the competition, had high engagement scores across all activities and joined their Retailer on a visit to Flight Plastics, one of New Zealand’s few onshore plastic recycling plants, to understand just what happens to that plastic you put in your recycling bin. This was an eye-opening experience for the team, “there is so much contamination from people not emptying their drink bottles before putting them in the recycling bin. This makes it really hard for the recycler to use the plastic and so it can end up not being recycled at all” observed one team member, “always empty and rinse your plastic before recycling!”

68 sites took part this year and collectively diverted nearly 70% of all their waste from landfill. The competition ran through NZ’s ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign and so a huge effort was made to reduce food waste on site through careful planning, using bake sheets and monitoring food sales throughout the month. This resulted in 22% reduction in food waste compared to last year. Eight tonnes of the remaining food waste including unsold sandwiches, pies and coffee grounds were composted.

Z’s Sustainability Champion Camilla Read says: “The determination each site has to make a difference to their local community is inspiring. They look beyond their own sites, joining community waste pick-up groups and engaging with local schools and hospices to repurpose reading materials. Their collective impact makes a huge impact and encourages others to get involved.”

Competition runners up were Z Queenstown, Z Rutherford, Z Richmond and Z Bryndwr – so be sure to give them a congratulations if you’re in the area … and don’t forget your BYO cup for your Z Espress discount.

Check out what else you can do to join Z and do more with less

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