Sustainable Futures

It’s good business to put the planet first

Brands, businesses, and brilliant New Zealand minds are putting the world first, leading the way to a zero-carbon emissions economy by 2050 with innovative and bold ideas.

Here's three New Zealand companies leading the way to reduce carbon emissions.

Waste Management – More rubbish ideas. 

Waste Management is New Zealand’s largest resource recovery, recycling, and waste management provider and is working on converting its fleet of more than 800 diesel waste trucks to electric. And they’ll be powering them using electricity from the methane gas captured at its landfills. Yep, they’ll be using everyone’s rubbish, capturing over 90% of gas emissions from landfills and turning it into electricity. That’s enough clean energy to power 25,000 homes and gets a whole lot of diesel emissions off the road. It’s just one part of their sustainability strategy, For Future Generations. 

NZ Post – Sustainable Delivery Unleashed.

Let’s take a closer look at New Zealand Post’s Paxters – a fleet of over 400 electric delivery vehicles that’s making waves in the mission to reduce carbon emissions. These award-winning buggies are all about smart and eco-friendly deliveries, designed to cut down on carbon emissions, pollution, and noise. They’re impressively efficient, sipping just 8.4kWh of power daily on average. What’s more, when these Paxters eventually retire, they’re built to be easily disassembled and recycled, underlining New Zealand Post’s commitment to a sustainable future.

DB – From beers to biofuel.

In 2015, innovative New Zealand beer brand, DB Export, partnered with Gull, New Zealand’s leading biofuel retailer, to develop a world-first; DB Export Brewtroleum, a biofuel made from the yeast leftover after the beer brewing process. DB Export Brewtroleum has saved 219,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions when compared with standard fuel over the last three years.

They’re also diverting contaminated glass from landfills and crushing them with a custom machine to create DB Export Beer Bottle Sand. So far, they have produced more than 300 tonnes of sand which has a wide range of uses, from construction and roading to DIY projects and sports field drainage. Look down if you find yourself in the Queenstown International Airport carpark, it’s one of the projects that has used the innovative sand.

Climate Leaders Coalition – It’s smart business. 

New Zealand business leaders from companies like Z Energy formed the Climate Leaders Coalition in 2018. The coalition represents 60 per cent of New Zealand’s gross emissions, employs more than 213,000 people, and makes up a third of private-sector GDP. By joining the Coalition business leaders commit their organisations to publicly measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and work together in transitioning New Zealand to a zero-carbon emissions economy.

New Zealand contributes less than 0.2% to global emissions, and they want to get to zero carbon by 2050 to keep our world livable.

So, if you're looking for somewhere committed to changing the world and its climate for good… we know a place.