Our Environment

Q4 2019: Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Over the last quarter we created our first reduction plan for managing and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. This plan identifies a range of carbon reduction projects to reduce our impact on climate change and help us move towards a future low carbon economy. These projects include ongoing expansion of our EV truck programme and new projects such as our first ever electric bin and truck washes at our new facility in East Tamaki in Auckland.

Q3 2019: Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In our last update, we detailed how Waste Management is the first waste company in New Zealand to achieve independent certification for managing and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions through the CEMARS® (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) certification.

This quarter Waste Management has run workshops to identify actions for our first greenhouse gas reduction plan and commenced monthly operational carbon footprint reporting for three of our four divisions (Lower North Island, South Island and Technical Services), with reporting for the final division to commence shortly.

Q2 2019: Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Marking a first for the waste industry in New Zealand, Waste Management achieved independent certification for managing and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions in May.

Our team worked for over two years to complete CEMARS® (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) certification, measuring all greenhouse gas emissions and joining 53 companies from other sectors in New Zealand who have taken this step.

The CEMARS® programme is New Zealand’s leading internationally accredited greenhouse gas certification scheme. It provides tools for organisations, products, services and events to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and optionally offset it.

As an original launch member of the Climate Leaders Coalition, Waste Management has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement for a future low carbon economy.

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Q1 2019: Drive sustainable procurement

Our sustainable Procurement Policy has been updated and includes a new sustainability section and we now also have a new supplier performance management framework containing reporting on sustainability for the first time.