Foodstuffs

Climate change and carbon emissions

Foodstuffs is 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. 

Foodstuffs Carbon Footprints FY2020

Introduction

In 2019 Foodstuffs (Foodstuffs South Island & Foodstuffs North Island) signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition and committed to reporting their Carbon Emissions at the end of FY2020. The charts below represent our FY2020 profiles. This represents our base year.

The footprints have been audited by a third party in August 2020 to verify they are a robust representation of our carbon emissions and are in line with the required ISO 14064 Protocol

Scope and next moves

For these first carbon footprints we have included within the scope of the report, the elements of the business where we have robust emissions data. This data has been inputted in Toitu Envirocare’s carbon reporting and management software tool ‘Emanage’ to calculate greenhouse gas emissions for different parts of Foodstuffs South Island and Foodstuffs North Island business. Included in the FSNI footprint are Foodstuffs NZ Ltd and Foodstuffs Private Label corporate staff, as they share office space.

We have applied the ‘ownership’ protocol to scope the work and for that reason Four Square, On the Spot and Liquourland have been excluded as they operate under a different business model. Similarly, the manufacturing part of the Foodstuffs Private Label business has also been excluded.

The next part of our low carbon journey has been to set Science Based Targets (SBT’s).
Foodstuffs has decided to be ambitious here and both Foodstuffs North Island and Foodstuffs South Island have signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition 2019 Statement which aligns our 2025 emissions reduction target to keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees of warming by the end of the century. This translates into reducing or our 2020 base year emissions by 21% by July 2025.

The action plans that will help us reduce emissions and meet these targets are already being part implemented and many actions can be seen on this page.

We anticipate expanding the scope of reporting in coming years, in terms of business coverage. This may mean that the total footprint increases, however the reduction targets will still be relevant and will be applied to each individual part of the business to ensure we are meeting our overall goal of reducing carbon emissions.

Foodstuffs South Island Emissions Profile

For FSSI the FY2020 base year (01.03.19-29.02.20) report includes 72 sites;

  1. 12 PAK’n SAVE
  2. 43 New World stores
  3. 5 Trents (Wholesale)
  4. 5 Raeward Fresh
  5. 1 Corporate office
  6. 6 Supply chain transport and distribution centres

Emissions by scope 

  • Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources.
  • Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the reporting company.
  • Scope 3 includes other indirect emissions that occur in a company's value chain.

FSSI GHG emissions -31,650t (CO2e):

FSSI GHG emissions -31,650t (CO2e)

FSSI Emissions Profile 31,650t (CO2e):

FSSI Emissions Profile 31,650t (CO2e)

 

Foodstuffs North Island Emissions Profile

For FSNI the FY2020 base year (01.04.19 - 31.03.20) report includes 170 sites;

  1. 45 PAK’n SAVE
  2. 100 New World stores plus 1 Fresh Collective store
  3. 7 Gilmours (Wholesale)
  4. 3 Corporate offices
  5. 14 Supply chain transport and distribution centres

Emissions by scope

  • Scope 1 covers direct emissions from owned or controlled sources.
  • Scope 2 covers indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, steam, heating and cooling consumed by the reporting company.
  • Scope 3 includes other indirect emissions that occur in a company's value chain.

FSNI GHG Emissions - 84,147t (CO2e):

FSNI GHG Emissions - 84,147t (CO2e)

FSNI Emissions Profile 84,147t (CO2e):

FSNI Emissions Profile 84,147t (CO2e)

 


 

Image005In December 2015, representatives from many countries met in Paris to establish a new international climate change agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. New Zealand ratified the Paris Agreement on 4 October 2016. New Zealand's target is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 and be carbon neutral by 2050. Foodstuffs’ focus is on the two main areas where most emissions have traditionally been generated in supermarket operations that of refrigeration and transport.

Leading on low carbon Natural Refrigeration systems

Supermarket fridge

To reduce our store-based emissions Foodstuffs are transitioning all supermarkets over to natural refrigeration systems.

In 2012 Foodstuffs became the first company in the southern hemisphere to trial CO2 based systems in preference to synthetic gases which are highly damaging in terms of global warming.

Since 2014 all new supermarkets and major refits have had CO2 systems fitted as the default choice. This action, together with a raft of energy efficiency measures has resulted in a 45% decrease in the overall carbon footprint for new and refurbished stores since 2014.

Energy Efficiency

In 2021 Foodstuffs North Island signed up to work with Energy Solution providers (ESP) to monitor and report on energy use in all supermarkets. Detailed analysis of this data will inform stores where and when energy is used and most importantly, how to reduce usage.

In March 2021 Foodstuffs moved into its new head office The Landing near Auckland Airport. The Landing represents a huge step forward in terms of sustainability with the largest rooftop solar array in NZ powering the head office, effectively taking it ‘off grid’. The building was accredited a 5 star rated Green Star building and boasts such features as rain water capture and electric vehicle chargers.

The Landing Exterior

Transport Emissions

Freight deliveries continue to be consolidated and reverse logistics explored where possible to reduce vehicle movements and emissions. Reusable pallets and bins are utilised throughout our distribution networks to reduce waste and transit damage and improve load space utilisation and transport efficiency. 

Electrifying Transport!

Leading on fast charging stations for customers

Foodstuffs is working with Chargenet and the electricity industry to develop Electric Vehicle Rapid charging stations at stores. The first charging station was opened at New World, Northwood in Christchurch in December 2016 (below)

NW NorthwoodPhoto: New World Northwood Rapid Charging Stations - Opened Dec 2016

paknsave electric vanPhoto: Pak'n Save Hamilton Rapid Charging Stations - Opened June 2019

By the end of 2018 we had 56 EV Fast charging stations across the country and by the end of 2020 that figure was 90, as illustrated on the maps and lists below. You can nowdrive electric from Northland to Southland a distance of almost 2000 kms charging at Foodstuffs stores as you go.

Foodstuffs Charging Ahead NI

Foodstuffs Charging Ahead NI Stations

Foodstuffs Charging Ahead SI

Foodstuffs Charging Ahead SI Stations

Electric vehicles

Four Square vans

In addition to putting in the charging infrastructure, we have also been busy purchasing electric vehicles and a full-scale trial of 28 zero emission electric vans commenced in 2017 at stores around the country.

As recognition for our sector leading contribution, Foodstuffs NZ picked up the fleet champion of the year award at the 2018 EV World national event.

PAK’NSAVE Papakura’s new e NV 200 vanPhoto: PAK’NSAVE Papakura’s new e NV 200 van

Craig Neiper at his New World store in Dunedin with his van and Nissan LeafPhoto: Craig Neiper at his New World store in Dunedin with his van and Nissan Leaf

BUT we’re not satisfied with small vans, so we’ve also commissioned the building of three large electric trucks at Blackwell’s at Christchurch.

Using technology supplied by SEA in Australia, Blackwells in Christchurch, have builta 6 tonne and 11 tonne truck for Foodstuffs South Island for use in Christchurch and a 24 tonne refrigeration truck for Foodstuffs North Island to be used in the Wellington region.

 Electric truck Trents

Electric truck New World

In recognition for the progress Foodstuffs have made in this area, we were awarded the National EV Fleet Award at EV World in Auckland in 2018.

Mike Sammons FSNZ Head of Sustainability and Sigurd Magnusson, EV Project Manager receive the Top EV Fleet award Photo: Mike Sammons FSNZ Head of Sustainability and Sigurd Magnusson, EV Project Manager receive the Top EV Fleet award

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