Back in 2011, we established a list of sustainability targets for 2012 – 2015.
We put measurements and management systems in place in order to report on how we tracked against our targets. Check out our full 2012 – 2015 report.
Recognising that #WeCanDoBetter, in 2016 we reset the baseline. So, how are we tracking? We’ve provided a summary below and at the end of 2020, we’ll produce a full report.
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.
Carbon: Our carbon emissions have reduced by 12% and we offset on an annual basis what we can’t avoid
Waste: We’ve set up the largest public recycling network in New Zealand with 370 bins at 146 Z sites across New Zealand. Despite this, the national waste infrastructure has been constricted and we’ve seen waste to landfill amounts fluctuate in response. That hasn’t stopped us taking action including:
Electricity: We’ve completed the installation of LED lighting on Z forecourts and total electricity consumption is down 26% from a 2012 baseline. Electricity on retail sites is down 1% from 2012. This is despite the increased food and coffee offering across the network. A focus on efficiency has seen year on year declines of 5% since 2017.
Water: We used 223,652kL of water in FY20, 13% less than the previous year. Approximately 16% of total water used was recycled through our car wash recyclers. We are 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.
Suppliers: We have a Supplier Code of Conduct in place to ensure we’re on the same page around ethical business practices, people and community, health and safety and the environment.
Customers: Te Kora Hou, our BioD plant in Auckland, now supplies biodiesel to our customers with bulk tanks or those filling up at private truck stops throughout the Upper North Island.
Development: We’ve invested in Mevo, Australasia’s first free-floating car share company, based in Wellington & partnered with Flick Electric to maximise the innovation potential of the energy sector as it transitions to a lower-carbon future.
New technology: EV chargers are available at seven of our sites and we’re seeing increasing year on year demand.
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.
Emerging transport technologies: As an active member of the New Zealand Bio Jet Consortium, we’re working to develop a solution for sustainable aviation fuel, in addition to keeping our eye on the future for hydrogen.
Customer offsetting: In February 2020 'Carbon Count' was launched on the Z App, allowing all New Zealanders to offset their emissions from fuel use through permanent NZ forests.
Partnerships: From vegan pies and KeepCups to Bio-D and permanent forests and we continue to build partnerships for a low carbon economy. Get in touch if you want to join.
Local forests: We’ve invested $2.6 million across 14 projects through our partnership with Permanent Forests NZ – from the Coromandel to Otago to offset operational emissions. Staff projects have also funded the planting of 52, 865 native trees (and counting) through Trees That Count, and our partnership with the Dryland Carbon Group contributes to improving land profitability, productivity, environmental outcomes and supporting rural communities.
Policy development: We actively support the development of low carbon policy in NZ including the Zero Carbon Act and Emissions Trading Scheme and support the School Strikes 4 Climate. Our public submissions can be found here.
Thought leadership: We’re a founding member of the Climate Leaders Coalition and active members of the Sustainable Business Council & Sustainable Business Network. See our Sustainability 101 guide to get started on your organisations’ sustainability journey.