Our Carbon Neutral Journey
“Me mahi tahi tatou mo te oranga o te katoa.”
We must work together for the wellbeing of everyone.
As part of The Warehouse Group, we want to play our part by taking responsibility for the impact we have on the environment and steer a path for others to follow.
That is why our Group is now Carbon Neutral and carboNZero certified (February 15, 2019). All of our carbon emissions for 2019 have also been offset, meaning for the 2nd year running we are carbon neutral; this is something we intend to continue each year.
We’re part of the first large New Zealand company –and only the third major retailer globally - to be carbon neutral. We’re doing this because we care about the health of our people, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the planet.
We are committed to this journey. Our target is to reduce emissions by 32 percent by 2030 (from our 2015 base level). This is in keeping with the target of staying within 2⁰C of warming, based on pre-industrial levels, set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.
We’re excited by the opportunity to do our bit for the decarbonisation of the NZ economy. We are in a unique position to influence change around how we manage carbon emissions, particularly among our customers and suppliers. We all need to work together for the wellbeing of everyone and we hope you will join us on this journey.
Why we are doing it?
Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time. It is already affecting our climate, agriculture, native ecosystems, infrastructure, health and biosecurity. As part of New Zealand’s largest retail group, it’s imperative for us to act now and help New Zealand meet its international obligations under the UN Paris Agreement to combat climate change and adapt to it’s effects.
Along with offsetting our 2019 emissions, we are also continuing to reduce our energy consumption and therefore improve our environmental performance.
Because we are in this for the long-haul, our programme will take time to build; we are taking a three-step approach to achieve our goals.
We have an Active Emissions Reduction Programme underway throughout our operations and supply chain to reduce our emissions by switching to LED lighting to reduce electricity use in our stores along with ambitious waste recycling targets.
Our reduction programme will run in parallel with our carbon credit investments, which will eventually come mainly from domestic native forest regeneration projects. We’re anticipating the tree regeneration will generate enough credits to offset our future domestic emissions (from 2025) and contribute to the government’s plan to plant a billion trees.
Trees take time to grow, so while we wait, we have invested in international carbon credit projects from countries where we have manufacturing operations. These are “Gold Standard” carbon credits and ensure that the projects benefit local communities while reducing emissions. The Gold Standard is the most widely respected certification standard globally for carbon offset projects.
Accountability and transparency are also integral to our programme so our carbon neutrality status is independently carboNZero certified by Enviro-Mark Solutions, part of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, and is based on ISO standards.
CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITMENTS.
* We have committed to a 32% reduction on our 2015 carbon emissions by 2030 - a key obligation as a member of the NZ Climate Leaders Coalition.
* We are introducing 4 light EV trucks into our fleet for home deliveries.
* We commit to energy audits of representative sites, targeting up to 40% electricity savings.
*We have introduced polystyrene recycling at our Auckland Distribution Centre along with phone and whiteware recycling to our customers nationwide.
* Ensuring a ‘shadow carbon price’ is costed into every business case.
* We committed in May 2018 to Science-Based Targets in support of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
* Our Carbon Neutrality reporting through our newly introduced integrated annual reports.
* We commit to measuring our greenhouse gas emissions and publicly reporting on them.
* We will work with our suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
* We will engage with our supply network to encourage their adoption of reduction efforts.