Spark’s purpose is to help all of New Zealand win big in a digital world.
We are New Zealand’s largest telecommunications and IT services provider, offering a full suite of telecommunications services including broadband, mobile, and cloud services, and catering for consumers right through to large enterprises.
We are also building businesses in emerging growth areas: we offer big data/analytics and data-powered marketing services through our Qrious brand; we’re rolling out nationwide Internet of Things networks; we have the biggest team of cyber security professionals in New Zealand; and we are giving consumers more freedom and choice in the media space through our Lightbox and Spark Sport services
The Spark Foundation has a vision to ensure that no New Zealander is left behind in a digital world. It delivers on this through programmes like Spark Jump, which offers subsidised broadband to low-income families; through philanthropic support to digital inclusion initiatives for young people; through Givealittle; and through Spark’s payroll giving and volunteering programmes.
We know our customers’ worlds, both at home and at work, are getting faster, more mobile, and more complex. Our job is to make the complex simple and to help our customers make the most of possibilities offered by new technologies.
"As a leading home-grown digital services company, Spark sees huge opportunities for using technology to help us address climate change.
"I’m convinced some of the best solutions to a zero carbon future have probably not been thought of yet. NZ has shown time and time again we can do amazing things and lead the world and we can do the same when it comes to creating a more sustainable, carbon neutral future."
Simon Moutter, Managing Director, Spark New Zealand.
As Managing Director, Simon provides overall leadership and strategic direction of Spark New Zealand, through its brands that provide digital services to millions of New Zealanders and thousands of New Zealand businesses.
Simon has led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark, to better reflect the fast-changing new world of digital services in which the business now operates. As a passionate and committed Kiwi, he sees Spark’s purpose as to help all of New Zealand win big in a digital world.
Simon returned to Spark in mid-2012, having managed most parts of (then) Telecom as Chief Operating Officer during the years 2003-2008. In the intervening years, he led Auckland International Airport for a period of four years in which he transformed the customer experience and delivered a significant uplift in its growth trajectory.
Simon also spent 13 years in the electricity and gas industry including as chief executive of Powerco (1992 to 1999).
Spark measures and publicly reports on our greenhouse gas emissions using the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) framework. We publish our greenhouse gas emissions in tonnes CO2en each year in our Annual Report, giving more detail and context in our annual ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Report published at the same time.
As a technology business, we have a relatively low emissions base. We began measuring our emissions in FY06 and overall since then we’ve reduced them by 46%. However, in recent years this long-term trend has plateaued, partly due to the huge increase in traffic across our network. We want to continue to challenge ourselves to do better.
That’s why in 2016, Spark set a target to reduce emissions by 25% (on 2016 levels) by 2025.
The majority of our greenhouse gas emissions are from electricity consumption so we are working hard to become more efficient in our use of energy by adopting new technologies and ensuring our operations are as efficient as they can possibly be. We are seeing exponential growth in customer’s demand for our services, so efficiency and innovation is crucial here. A good example of how we’re doing this is the gradual shut-down of our legacy PSTN (public switch telephone network) and shift to the more efficient IP-based converged communication network.
We are also taking a number of steps to reduce the emissions we generate from travel – by replacing air travel with video conferencing and converting at least 30% of our fleet to electric vehicles – and employ best practice when it comes to the energy efficiency of our large office buildings.
Spark believes digital technology will play a key role in addressing climate change. Already a range of services we offer – such as video conferencing and efficient data storage at our state-of-the-art data centres – are helping our customers to reduce their emissions. We are actively looking at how emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things might help to further tackle New Zealand’s emissions.
Our Supplier Code of Conduct requires our suppliers to meet environmental standards and we are in the process of embedding these requirements into our contracts. We are also partnering with individual suppliers to tackle climate change – for example, through our support for Air New Zealand’s Fly Neutral programme.
Spark Environmental, Social and Governance Report (PDF) - pages 27 to 31 set out our emissions profile and actions to tackle climate change in more detail.
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