By signing the statement, each of the business leaders have committed to measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions, and working with suppliers to reduce their emissions. This is to help keep global warming within two degrees, as specified in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Here are some examples of the actions the signatories are undertaking:
Our goal is for Air New Zealand to stabilise emissions through carbon neutral growth post 2020, in a way that simultaneously drives significant environmental, social and economic benefits.
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Carbon reduction management
One of the most significant ways to reduce emissions is by operating a modern and efficient fleet. We were the first airline to take delivery of the revolutionary 787-9 Dreamliner in 2014 and we retired our last Boeing 767 aircraft from our fleet in March 2017. As at 30 June 2017, our 103 aircraft have an average seat-weighted age of seven years. Over the next four years we plan to invest approximately $1.5 billion in new and more efficient aircraft.
Fuel efficiency and carbon reduction programme
In 2016, we engaged an independent IATA Operational Efficiency team to conduct an on-site review of our operations, benchmarking our performance against carbon management international best practice. The average airline carbon reduction measures identified by IATA are 5%. The savings identified for Air New Zealand were much less at 1.46% (approximately 37,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum), which indicates that we are well on the way towards world leading fuel efficiency improvements. In 2016, we launched a new Carbon Reduction Programme that will enable us to realise further carbon savings. Recognising significant fuel savings can be made through route optimisation and tailored arrivals and departures, we now engage with external stakeholders including the Civil Aviation Authority and Airways New Zealand as part of our Carbon Reduction Programme to help drive industry-wide initiatives. Senior members of Air New Zealand and Airways New Zealand will oversee the new programme to ensure initiatives are on track.
Air New Zealand flew one of the aviation industry's first biofuel test flights back in 2008, using a jatropha-derived second generation biofuel, which proved the technical feasibility of using alternative fuels. The test flight also provided supporting data to the subsequent (ASTM) certification of plant based biofuels for commercial airline operations. Industry activity since these early successes has focussed on the development of commercially viable and environmentally sustainable biofuel supply chains utilising a variety of feedstocks. We continue to investigate opportunities, both local and international, to support and potentially procure advanced generation biofuels. We also continue to play an active role in industry bodies such as the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group. We support New Zealand Crown Research Institute SCION in its development of a 'biofuels roadmap' for New Zealand.
Offsetting with Air New Zealand's FlyNeutral carbon offset programme
In addition to the carbon reduction strategies and programmes outlined above, we also now offer the ability for our customers to offset their Air New Zealand flights under our FlyNeutral carbon offset programme. FlyNeutral supports and encourages our customers to minimise the impact of their air travel on the environment through offsetting the greenhouse gas ('carbon') emissions associated with their Air New Zealand flights.
FlyNeutral makes offsetting easier to understand for all our customers. For our business customers, we have also made understanding, reporting and offsetting air travel-related carbon emissions more efficient, transparent and flexible. At Air New Zealand, we voluntarily offset the carbon emissions associated with our staff travelling for work on the Air New Zealand network. Join us and offset your Air New Zealand flights with FlyNeutral.
FlyNeutral operates separately to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Funds received from customers for offsetting under the FlyNeutral programme do not go towards our compliance costs associated with the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme - all funds go towards the purchase of additional certified carbon credits. We comply with our obligations under that scheme and manage all compliance requirements at our cost....Read More
Fonterra sets target to reduce both our on-site and on-farm emissions: net zero emissions for our global operations by 2050, with a 30% reduction by 2030 from a 2015 baseline. Read more
Brightwater 25% reduction in CO2 emissions (May 2018)
Fonterra’s first sustainability report released detailing environmental, social and economic performance and targets (December 2017)
Fonterra launched six water commitments to improve NZ waterways (December 2017)
Each of the below commitments are underpinned by a clear set of actions:
DOC and Fonterra’s Living Water partnership is helping protect two of the world’s most significant wetlands, through a major initiative that brings together farmers, scientists, councils, mana whenua and communities....Read More
IAG recognises that greenhouse gases from human activity are influencing global temperature and the global climate system. Changes in the climate system are already in some cases increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events and these changes are projected to become more severe as the climate continues to warm. We support the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit global average temperature rise to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and support the development of well-designed policies that enable the delivery of this Agreement.
It has long assisted policyholders to recover from natural disaster, and will continue to work constructively with government, industry, non-profit groups and local communities to increase resilience and address the risks posed by the changing climate. We have maintained our commitment to Group Carbon Neutrality since 2012, and will continue our commitment to resource use efficiency and reducing the emissions from our operations, where possible. IAG will also continue to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into IAG’s Investment Policy and approach.
IAG has a history of managing impacts and opportunities of climate change and weather-related risk. Weather and climate are “core business” for the general insurance industry, which underwrites weather-related catastrophes by calculating, pricing and spreading the risk and then meeting claims when they arise. It has been working with government, business and the community on a number of fronts to share our knowledge of risk, advocate for greater investment in preparedness and mitigation, and support our customers and the community before, during and after events occur.
An example of our work includes this article aimed at property owners, warning them that climate change could bring about shifts in their property values....Read More
Our Driver Advisory System (DAS) is designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce the emissions intensity of our locomotive fleet, In 2016 it won the Deloitte Energy Excellence Award.
Great Journeys of New Zealand signed up to the New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment, which includes a commitment to reduce carbon and minimise our environmental footprint.
KiwiRail signed a formal partnership with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority in late 2016, and committed to an energy reduction target.
A key activity through our partnership with EECA is launching a technology demonstration project for fuel efficiency measures on our Interislander ferry Aratere.
KiwiRail joined the Sustainable Business Council in 2014, and our Chief Financial Officer Kate Jorgensen is on the SBC Advisory Board. We are working with the SBC to support New Zealand’s transition to a low-carbon economy.
KiwiRail supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals and has recently undertaken analysis to understand which are most relevant to our business, and identify the priority areas in which the business can make an impact. Climate Action is one of these priority areas where KiwiRail can have the greatest impact and the business will continue to evolve its energy and emissions reduction activities....Read More
Ngāi Tahu whānau have high expectations of how we operate our businesses across the many industries we participate in.
Tourism is an important market for Aotearoa New Zealand and we want to ensure that market continues to flourish in the future by making changes that will reduce our contribution to global emissions from this sector.
We are exploring electrification across all our businesses, including our jet boats, which is a key aspect of making our tourism ventures sustainable in the long-term....Read More
Recognising a need for action - a new carbon reduction goal has been approved by the NZ Post Board.
New Zealand Post will be carbon neutral from 2030
NZ Post carbon goals on Pure Advantage website
This is a significant target that puts us among the most ambitious and leading organisations in NZ.
We are putting real effort in reducing our emissions and recognise that a step change in emissions reduction is needed. A decarbonisation fund has been created to invest in low carbon activities. This annual fund will have a value set against the cost of being carbon neutral now (i.e if we had purchased carbon credits to offset our emissions). In FY19 the value of the fund will be approximately $1.5 million.
There is no silver bullet and efforts will be needed across the business. These could include continuing to invest in electric vehicles, improving the energy efficiency of our buildings, increasing first time delivery rates, reducing our waste to landfill, ensuring we have good network utilisation, and collaborating with suppliers and customers on low carbon initiatives....Read More
The Ports of Auckland has multiple initiatives underway, to tackle climate change. They include an ambitious goal to become a zero emissions port by 2040 and eliminating methyl bromide emissions.
More information can be found here:
At Spark, we see a big part of our role as using innovation to help New Zealand create a more sustainable future.
One area we do this is through the design and build of world-class data centres, where we can store data and manage services on behalf of our customers. Our Takanini Data Centre was opened in October 2014, and a new hall within an existing data centre in Christchurch was opened in September 2014.
Although data centres are high in electricity consumption, a modern facility can be as much as 50% more energy efficient per unit of data stored compared to when companies store data in-house.
As more and more businesses move into the Cloud and use Spark’s “as a service” offerings, these efficiencies will help substantially reduce potential electricity consumption....Read More
As the brand which has nearly a quarter of all vehicles on New Zealand’s roads, Toyota takes its responsibilities to customers and the environment very seriously. With transport emissions accounting for nearly 20 per cent of all carbon output, we have a large influence on how New Zealand will
progress to a zero-carbon economy. This will not happen quickly. The life cycle of a motor vehicle is often between 30 and 40 years, so a model Toyota starts planning now and introduces to the market in three or four years may not disappear from our roads until after 2050.
New Zealand is a unique market. In a record year for vehicle sales in 2017, there were 177,000 used imports registered here for the first time, along with nearly 160,000 new vehicle sales. Strategies and policies here need to take account of both types of vehicles and will differ from a country where only new vehicles enter the nation’s fleet.
Recently New Zealanders have tended to buy larger vehicles as they have become more fuel-efficient and as fuel prices have remained relatively low compared to many other countries.
Toyota New Zealand Sustainability Report
Low emissions submissions
Toyota New Zealand has made several submissions to the Productivity Commission of New Zealand to achieve lower emissions from vehicles. These fall into three categories: encouraging lower emission vehicles to enter the national fleet; influencing the demand and use of vehicles that are already in the fleet; and encouraging the exit of high-emission vehicles.
Toyota New Zealand believes introducing a feebate scheme that charges high emission vehicles and rewards low emissions, is preferable to a policy of setting emission standards.
As a new vehicle supplier, importing over 30,000 vehicles each year, we could meet a weighted average of emissions over time across the wide range of vehicles we offer the market.
But it would be very difficult to apply emission standards to the large number of small businesses who import used vehicles.
A feebate scheme could be charged on all vehicles, new and used, entering the country, penalising those with higher emissions and supporting those with lower emissions. This would encourage suppliers and consumers to adopt lower-emission vehicles.
This has been successfully trialled and rolled out in other countries. For example, the Norwegian Government offered motorists a significant tax rebate, in some instances as much as NZ$12,500 in reduced registration costs and other taxes, on the purchase of new electric vehicles, leading to a 29 per cent increase in the EV fleet in 2017.
A complementary measure to a feebate system would be setting a maximum age for imported vehicles.
Ministry of Transport statistics show the average age of the fleet in 2016 was 14.1 years. In 2000 it was 11.8 years. The older the fleet, the more emissions it produces. As technology has improved, newer vehicles produce fewer emissions.
Setting a maximum age at the time of a vehicle’s importation and periodically adjusting it would be easy to administer to reduce the average age of the nation’s fleet and improve the nation’s emissions.
Toyota would like to see further research into how fuel prices could encourage the uptake of lower-emission vehicles and how the effects on low-income households could be mitigated.
One policy that is gathering momentum around the globe is setting a date to phase out fossil-fuel vehicles. Some cities in Europe are already banning diesel vehicles and are looking at doing the same with petrol vehicles as soon as 2030, although hybrids will still be allowed.
It is difficult to mandate a date to do the same in New Zealand. We support the Government’s drive to increase the uptake of electric vehicles, but all the technology is imported and global production is limited.
And we don’t know when the battery technology will be ready and an affordable vehicle range available to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of consumers who use SUVs and light commercial vehicles.
Toyota New Zealand has proposed that a target percentage of the light non-fossil fuel vehicle fleet be set as a trigger point for when the Government would then consider mandating a date for the phasing out of fossil fuel vehicles with plans and policies to encourage it.
Historically New Zealand’s vehicle usage has been influenced by low population density in towns and cities compared to the likes of London and Tokyo and the country’s elongated geography, so there is a higher proportion of private ownership and use.
We acknowledge the Productivity Commission’s report calling for more use of public transport, cycling and walking, but roads will still have to be maintained and improved to serve a growing population.
Road pricing on a national scale will be needed in the decades to come to compensate for the fall in income from fuel taxes. It can be used in cities to help address congestion and several European cities have already successfully implemented it.
New technology makes road pricing increasingly affordable to introduce and drivers can be charged electronically as they are for utilities like power and water.
This could take decades to become acceptable, so a carefully planned transition to road pricing is essential.
Mobility as a service (MaaS) is a relatively new concept of a wide variety of personal transport options, but Uber and Lyft and other ride sharing services have quickly made it acceptable and it is being used increasingly in New Zealand. While individual vehicle use will remain the predominant mode, encouraging the variety of MaaS models will take some single-use vehicles off the road and reduce emissions.
Scrapping old vehicles
As a nation we need to encourage the scrapping of older high-emission vehicles. At the moment the average scrapping age is 19 years. This is challenging because many are owned by people on lower incomes. Recently the rate of scrappage has slowed because mechanical longevity means vehicles are staying on the roads longer.
Additionally, there is a public protection benefit to taking older cars off the road, as newer vehicles are equipped with superior safety technology.
Internationally some countries have set up “cash for clunkers” schemes to get older cars off the road, but it has been expensive. Alternatives could include charging the cost of scrappage in the price of the vehicle when it is first registered, with the funds held in trust to be available to the final owner when it is scrapped.
Alternatively, annual licensing fees could be increased to encourage scrapping, as is the case in Japan. Another possibility is to make the Warrant of Fitness inspection more emissions related as well as the current focus on safety. More stringent emissions testing would remove non-compliant vehicles from the road.
There are difficult choices to make to shift New Zealand to a low-emissions economy. Social equity and fairness issues will have to be addressed. This could take decades and needs political consensus and enduring commitment from both the Government and the motor industry to be successful....Read More
Sustainability is fundamental to our vision of creating a new energy future. As part of this vision we are committed to increasing the availability and access of affordable clean energy throughout Australasia. This aligns with our intention to be an active participant in helping the world to transition to zero-carbon.
Our sustainability approach acknowledges we have a wider responsibility to our people, communities and the environment. We will use our position as a leading New Zealand business and significant employer to have a positive impact, with a particular focus on improving resilience and supporting the development of more sustainable supply chains.
We also have a role to demonstrate leadership in sustainability through our own decisions and actions; by helping to advance knowledge and understanding; and by being prepared to stand up for issues that are of importance....Read More
Building an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for all New Zealanders
The Warehouse has installed public electric vehicle charging stations at 24 of its stores across New Zealand. Energy management and reducing emissions is an important part of The Warehouse’s environmental leadership and commitment to operating a sustainable business. In late 2017 The Warehouse officially launched its public electric vehicle (EV) charging network with the first charging stations in Rolleston and Invercargill. Today, The Warehouse offers EV owners the opportunity to plug in and charge their vehicles at any of the 24 EV charging stations at The Warehouse stores across New Zealand.
“Customers and team members have had a really positive response to our EV charger network,’ says Group Chief Executive and EV enthusiast Nick Grayston. “We’re proud that we’re able to leverage the scale and convenience of our store network to support the development of an EV infrastructure in New Zealand. To date, we’ve supplied around 17,100k of travel to EV owners, saving close to 4000kg of CO2.” “There are enormous benefits to be gained by switching to electric vehicles. As a Group, we are committed to having 30% of our road vehicle fleet electric by the end of 2019. If our network of EV chargers can encourage more New Zealand motorists to move to an electric vehicle option sooner, then that’s a fantastic outcome.”
The Warehouse has EV charging stations in Bell Block, Blenheim, Cambridge, Dunedin, Gisborne, Gore, Hastings, Hawera, Invercargill, Masterton, Motueka, Napier, Oamaru, Petone, Rangiora, Rolleston, Royal Oak, Snells Beach, Taupo, Tauranga, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Timaru, Whangarei. It also has a further two EV charging stations at its Auckland Store Support Office in Northcote. The development of the EV charger network is being jointly funded by The Warehouse and the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund. The EV charger network and the move to electric vehicles are just part of The Warehouse Group’s broader programme to reduce its carbon emissions. The company also has comprehensive initiatives in place across its distribution network to improve efficiency in logistics, and in on-site electricity use through LED lighting and energy management systems.
Collectively these initiatives have seen The Warehouse Group retain its New Zealand CEMARS® (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) certification and receive a B endorsement from the Carbon Disclosure Project which placed it among top New Zealand companies in 2017.
For more information on The Warehouse Group's climate change work, go to The Warehouse Group website....Read More
Lending to green businesses
Since 2012 we have lent $1.7 billion to businesses that reduce negative environmental impacts including renewable energy, green buildings, forestry, low carbon transport and waste reduction. Our 2020 target commits us to making up to $2 billion available to environmental solutions.
Westpac NZ climate change impact report
The research, commissioned by Westpac and carried out by EY and Vivid Economics, finds New Zealand could be $30 billion better off if early and consistent action is taken to help keep global warming to less than two degrees Celsius. Find out more
Reducing Fossil Fuel investment
Westpac is the only New Zealand bank to publish its exposures to both the fossil fuel and the clean technology and environmental services (CleanTech) sectors.
Environmental products and services
We are the first institution to make a market under the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS), which help NZ to meet its emission reduction targets at the lowest possible cost. Our Energy Efficient Lease product helps our Cleantech customers’ to reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint....Read More
We’ve made a public commitment to supporting a lower carbon future, and in June 2018 we signed a letter supporting the consultation phase of the Government’s Zero Carbon Policy.
The Sustainability Policy that we published in November 2010 acknowledges the science of climate change and leaned into the fact that the products we sell are a material contributor to that climate change. For Kiwi households, we are up to 90 percent of their carbon footprint.
In our Sustainability Policy, we made several commitments relevant to action to address climate change. First, we will reduce New Zealand’s reliance upon fossil fuels. Secondly, we will reduce the carbon intensity of the products that we sell.
We’ve made this commitment because our stakeholders expect us to do something about it. We did this because we could make a difference at a scale that few other companies in New Zealand can.
In practical terms, we’ve built New Zealand’s first commercial scale biodiesel plant and are getting ready to make the first deliveries of our biodiesel to customers.
We’re the first Kiwi service station brand to have completely phased out single-use plastic bags in June 2018 and we’ve made other small steps such as providing rapid charge electric vehicle chargers at some of our busiest sites, to contribute to the country’s growing rapid charging station network....Read More