Climate change and carbon emissions

Foodstuffs is actively exploring opportunities to decarbonise our operations where possible, in line with the New Zealand Government’s wider efforts to meet its international obligations and drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


In 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 current target is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Foodstuffs’ focus is on the two main areas where most emissions have traditionally been generated in supermarket operations - refrigeration and transport - as detailed below.

Store Based Emissions

We’ve installed natural refrigeration systems in all new stores and major refurbishments since 2014. These new systems use CO² rather than synthetic gases, reducing refrigeration related greenhouse gas emissions by 99%. 

This action, together with a reduction in energy use, has resulted in a huge 45% decrease in the overall carbon footprint for stores with transcritical refrigeration systems.

Transport Emissions

Freight deliveries continue to be consolidated and back-loaded 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.

Whenever practical, our stores have links to public transport and provide bike racks as alternatives to car travel for our customers.


Electric Vehicles

Foodstuffs is currently working with experts to develop Electric Vehicle Rapid charging stations at selected stores. The first charging station was opened at New World, Northwood in Christchurch in December 2016, followed by Otaki New World and Petone PAK’nSAVE. 

A full-scale trial of 28 zero emission electric vans will commence in 2017 at stores around the country.



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

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