Environment story

Reducing our carbon emissions

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The environment is one of the pillars of CentrePort’s regeneration, which includes taking up the challenge of reducing carbon emissions.

It’s challenging for a logistics business to balance environmental imperatives with pragmatic business needs. CentrePort’s Carbon Emission Reduction Strategy, adopted by the Board in August 2020, plots our path to reaching our carbon-reduction goals.

These are to reduce emissions by 30 percent (excluding growth) by 2030 and to become a net-zero emitter by 2040. Achieving these goals is not just about planning for the future, it’s about acting now.

This year we’ve implemented a range of initiatives that are already reducing our carbon emissions.

CentrePort’s partnership with New Zealand Green Investment Finance (NZGIF) has provided a ‘green credit facility’ of $15 million. Some of this facility has been applied to the purchase of seven new, 100 percent electric container-transfer vehicles and trailers. These new units will not only reduce our emissions by 230 tonnes per annum but enhance our productivity.

The NZGIF facility has also been applied to the Rail onto Port initiative, which has reinstated rail infrastructure damaged by the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake. This has eliminated the need for ‘road bridging’ cargo from a nearby rail yard and further reduced our emissions.

CentrePort’s lighting system is being progressively upgraded with LED technology and this year electric forklifts and light vehicles have been introduced.

These initiatives are just the start, and CentrePort is exploring exciting new technology involving hydrogen and solar as it continues the journey towards being a net-zero-carbon-emitting business.

Our Goals

reduction in emissions by 2030

reduction in emissions by 2030
(not including growth - 24% including growth)

port emissions by 2040

port emissions by 2040