How did we go against our 2020 sustainability goals?
The way we're all using the planet's resources simply isn't sustainable and our world is now facing damage beyond repair. At Z, we know we’re a real part of the problem, so it's a no brainer that we should be a real part of the solution.
Back in 2016 we asked New Zealanders what we can all do better to improve the state of our environment and take action on climate change. Your views helped shape our Stand on Sustainability and led to a number of goals and targets that Z has taken action on over the past five years. Each target is linked to taking action under the Sustainable Development Goals (referenced as SDGs below) to ensure we strive to create a better future for all.
So, at the end of 2020 – how did we do?
We’ve economised our resources and as a result the environmental footprint of our direct operations has reduced. We're not wasteful - we’ve done more with less. We’ve taken the full environmental cost of our activities into account in our business.
We've reduced our carbon emissions by 18 percent since FY17 against a target of 30 percent by FY21. Each year we have voluntarily offset the emissions we cannot avoid. A total of 160,465 tonnes CO2-e has been offset in permanent forests since FY17. For a full breakdown of Z’s carbon emissions take a look at our GHG Inventory.
We aimed to reduce waste to landfill year on year from our offices, terminals and retail sites and following a challenging few years have stayed on track since 2019. Waste reduction initiatives include:
We aimed to use electricity efficiently and reduce consumption across our retail sites by 30% against a 2012 baseline. We’ve grown a lot since 2012 and as such our sites and customer offerings have also increased making our target harder to hit! Despite this we’ve reduced electricity use by 4% across the retail network across Z’s operations including retail, supply and corporate sites by 32% since 2012. A focus on efficiency has seen year on year declines of 5% in the retail network since 2017.
Our aim was to use water as efficiently as possible. The majority of water consumed by Z is at our retail sites in car washes and at terminals to ensure the safe operation of sites. Water use has decreased by 20% on retail sites since 2016. The majority of car washes are fitted with water recyclers ensuring at least 65% of water is recycled for re-use in the system. In 2020 Z initiated a roll out of water tanks to supply water for Z20 car washes in the water-constrained Auckland region, which when completed will save 12 million litres of water a year. Z is proud to support Refill NZ as well as offer free tap-water refills at Z Espress sites.
Through our purchasing decisions, we support a world that prospers within sustainable parameters.
Our suppliers are chosen based on our consideration of their fully costed environmental impact and can demonstrate support for Z’s Sustainability Stand. To this end Z developed a Supplier Code of Conduct which is embedded in all supplier contracts and purchase order terms and conditions. The Code was updated in July 2020 to reflect regulatory changes, including the Zero Carbon Amendment Act, Australian Modern Slavery Act and Z’s refreshed Safety & Wellbeing Stand.
Te Kora Hou, our BioD plant in Auckland, supplied biodiesel to our customers with bulk tanks or those filling up at private truck stops throughout the Upper North Island until 2020 when the plant was hibernated. Z remains committed to servicing our customers with low-carbon fuel and Z biodiesel, a B5 blend, is now available at the Z Highbrook truck stop in Auckland to all Z Business cardholders.
The development and supply of low-carbon products and services is built into Z’s strategy. Since 2017 Z has invested in Mevo, Australasia’s first free-floating car share company, based in Wellington, partnered with Flick Electric and most recently launched Z Electric to maximise the innovation potential of the energy sector as it transitions to a lower-carbon future.
We aimed to build capacity and capability in low emissions technology. Z contributed to the Business Energy Council future energy scenarios modelling the energy mix required to reduce emissions. In addition to developing a home-grown biodiesel solution Z advocates for a low carbon transport future including electrons, sustainable aviation fuel and hydrogen. Z is an active member of the New Zealand Bio Jet Consortium, working to develop a solution for sustainable aviation fuel.
Through leadership, advocacy and partnership, we’ve inspired and enabled Kiwis to innovate and lead the world in taking responsibility and action to reduce their environmental impact.
EV chargers are available at six of our sites and we’re seeing increasing demand.
In February 2020 Carbon Count was launched on Z App, allowing all New Zealanders to view their emissions from fuel use and choose to offset, either in full or part, through permanent NZ forests. Approximately 250 tonnes of carbon have been offset (equivalent to planting over 1000 native trees) by New Zealanders supporting a variety of projects across New Zealand.
We committed to partnering with others to move New Zeland into a low emissions economy. Z is a founding member of the Climate Leaders Coalition and active members of the Sustainable Business Council & Sustainable Business Network. From vegan pies and KeepCups to Bio-D and native forests we continue to build partnerships both big and small so we can transition to a low carbon economy. Get in touch if you want to join.
We aimed to partner with local permanent forest providers to maximise the community benefit of our offsetting and carbon procurement activities. Z has partnered with Permanent Forests NZ Limited to ensure that all voluntary offsets are locked in long-lived forest carbon sinks in New Zealand that both address the climate crisis and restore local landscapes. A total of 160,465 tonnes CO2-e has been offset in over 20 permanent forest projects since FY17.
Z has also been proud to partner with Trees That Count since 2017, funding 56,698 new native trees and supporting 64 planting communities leading to better biodiversity, cleaner waterways and better physical and mental health for our New Zealand communities.
We committed to leading and generating the development of policy that moves New Zealand to a low emissions economy. Z has actively supported the development of low carbon policy over the past five years and welcomed the recent government announcement to introduce a biofuels mandate in 2021. Z has publicly submitted in support of climate-related policy including the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act, Emissions Trading Scheme and the Climate Change Commission’s draft recommended pathway for New Zealand to reach net-zero.
Our environmental impacts are reported annually in line with GRI and <IR> standards. In 2020 Z started to formally address it’s climate-related financial risks and opportunities in line with the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework. Take a look at our Annual Reports for more information.