As well as complying with all legislative and regulatory requirements, there is an organisation-wide focus on energy efficiency and waste reduction, which begins at head office level and runs through the warehousing and transport operations to the retail end of the business.

Store design 

The best way to reduce a stores environmental impact throughout its life is to get the design right at the beginning.

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Energy efficiency

To reduce our footprint and demand on the network, energy efficiency is a priority item in the design of new stores and the refurbishment of existing ones.

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Climate change and carbon emissions

Together with using more efficient technologies, all new store construction and major refurbishments over the last 2 years have had natural refrigeration systems installed. These new systems use CO2 rather than synthetic gases, reducing refrigeration related Green House Gas emissions by 99% resulting in the overall carbon footprint for the store shrinking by 45%.

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Water conservation

All new stores are designed to minimise water use and wastage in accordance with the NZ Building Code and any applicable Council bylaws.

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Waste Minimisation and Recycling

The new Waste Minimisation Plan for supermarkets has proved a great success with 115 stores transitioned across to the new arrangements by 2017.

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Packaging

Foodstuffs is a member of the Packaging Forum, and we play an active role in promoting the sustainable use of packaging.

As part of this, we encourage our suppliers to accept responsibility in terms of the environmental effects of their products, and to comply with the Code of Practice for the Packaging of Consumer Goods, which promotes excellence in the environmental design of packaging.

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Certificate and sourcing

Environmental Choice is the official environmental label in New Zealand. The ECNZ eco-label offers strong proof of environmental performance. A large range of EC certified products are available in Foodstuffs stores, from toiletry products and paper products through to cleaners and detergents. 

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