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Our Carbon Neutral Journey

 

“Me mahi tahi tatou mo te oranga o te katoa.”

 

We must work together for the wellbeing of everyone.

 

 

Our outdoor playground, our planet, is where we at Torpedo7 love to be.

 

We know our planet is warming at an unprecedented rate. The land, the sea and the air, our children, and their future are all dependent on this generation to act now.

 

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). All of our carbon emissions for 2018 are offset, and we intend to continue this each year.

 

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We’re the first large New Zealand company – and only the second 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 and our target is to reduce emissions by 32% by 2030 (from our 2015 base level). This is in keeping with the target of keeping within 2 Degrees C of warming based on pre-industrial levels that was set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

 

Our playground, New Zealand.

Our playground, New Zealand.

 

It’s a big challenge, and a daunting one, but 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 and we hope you will join us on this journey.

 

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Why we are doing it?

 

Climate change is already affecting our climate, agriculture, native ecosystems, infrastructure, health and biosecurity. As New Zealand’s largest retail group, we have an ethical imperative to act now and help New Zealand meet its international obligations under the UN Paris Agreement.

 

While we are offsetting our 2018 emissions, we are also actively working 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 so we are taking a three-step approach.

 

 

Cardboard recycling.

Cardboard recycling.

 

 

Our Three-Step Approach

 

Emissions Reduction

We have an Active Emissions Reduction Programme underway throughout our operations and supply chain, with more than 20 energy and emissions saving projects over the next five years.

 

This includes working with international shipping companies to reduce our emissions, switching to LED lighting to reduce electricity use in our stores and ambitious waste recycling targets. 30 percent of our vehicle fleet will be electric by the end of 2019.

 

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Station at The Warehouse Group HQ.

 

 

Native Regeneration Programme

 
Our reduction programme will run in parallel with our carbon credit investments in New Zealand, which will 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 NZ government’s plan to plant a billion trees.

 

 

Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara. Image Credit: DoC.

Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara. Image Credit: DoC.

 

 

International Carbon Credits.

 
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 to 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.

 

The projects include the distribution and installation of 48,000 solar cookers in Henan Province in China, to minimise the use of inefficient coal fired stoves that emit harmful fumes and damage health, and the purchase of cook stoves for Bangladeshi communities to reduce emission of various particulates and carbon monoxide from the existing and inefficient cooking practices.

 

 

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Measuring & Sharing Our Progress

 

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.

 

“We all have a choice. We can create transformational action that will safeguard the living conditions for future generations. Or we can continue with our business as usual and fail. That is up to you and me.” – Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

 

 

Climate Change Commitments:

 

– 32% reduction on our 2015 carbon emissions by 2030 – a key obligation as a member of the NZ Climate Leaders Coalition

– 30% of our vehicle fleet to be converted to EV in 2019

– Ensuring a ‘shadow carbon price’ is costed into every business case

– Science-Based Targets in support of the 2015 Paris Agreement

– Reporting through our newly introduced integrated annual reports

– Measuring our greenhouse gas emissions and publicly reporting on them

– Work with our suppliers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions

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