Looking after this wonderful place we call home is so important. Our commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen focuses on three core principles of care: for our people, planet, and communities. Together with our team, suppliers, and customers, we’re doing our best to make New Zealand a better place for future generations.
New World is on a journey towards a more sustainable tomorrow and we continue to make great progress across a range of environmental related areas; from waste reduction through to packaging design.
Climate Change and Carbon Emissions
We are transitioning to a low carbon operational model, in line with the New Zealand Government’s wider efforts to meet its international obligations and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ways we're achieving this:
- Reduce our store-based emissions, we’re transitioning all supermarkets to natural refrigeration systems.
- Freight deliveries continue to be consolidated and reverse logistics explored where possible to reduce vehicle movements and emissions.
- Leading on fast charging stations for customers - we’re working with Chargenet and the electricity industry to develop Electric Vehicle Rapid charging stations at stores.
- Leading on solar - after 53 years in Mt Roskill, Foodstuffs North Island is moving its primary distribution centre to a new complex at The Landing, Auckland Airport.
Sustainable Packaging - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Compost
New World is a member of the Packaging Forum, and we play an active role in promoting the sustainable packaging in our business and wider supply chain. In June 2018 Foodstuffs became signatories of the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration and adopted the following 10 principles:
- Remove unnecessary packaging
- Reduce packaging weight by design
- Design for re-use
- Move to fibre based renewable materials
- Prioritise clear plastic Type 1 and Type 2
- Specify post-consumer recycled content
- Use only home compostable bioplastics
- Avoid hazardous materials
- Educate consumers
- Communicate expectations to suppliers
Waste Minimisation and Recycling
The Waste Minimisation Programme for supermarkets encourages stores to focus on recycling and reusing waste at back of store, with landfill being a last resort.
Working with our service provider EnviroNZ, stores on the programme have a target of achieving 80% diversion of waste from landfill in year 1 and 90% by the end of year 2.
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