Environmental monitoring

Napier Port is committed to operating our business in a sustainable way

By focusing our efforts on those issues that we are in the best position to influence and improve, we believe we can make a measurable, meaningful and enduring contribution to sustainability. We continue to make good progress in our commitment to sustainability, with a focus on embedding sustainable practices throughout our operations. 

Sustainability Strategy

Our Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan implemented in 2021 identifies over 100 measurable workstreams across four pillars of people, planet, prosperity and partnerships stretching across a 10-year implementation timeframe (this can be found on our Investor Centre www.napierport.co.nz/investor-centre

During FY23 additional workstreams previously in planning began, resulting in 61.4% of all workstreams in the strategy now started or ongoing, compared to last year’s 47.1%. This demonstrates our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and embracing sustainable practices.

As an example, our annual Employee Recognition Scheme includes a measurable sustainability goal that all port employees work towards. This ensures we keep thinking and acting sustainably in our day to day work.

This year, every team was asked to identify initiatives they could implement during the year that would be ongoing. Our teams came up with 124 different initiatives, which were then consolidated by a cross-functional group and prioritised. By aligning these with our wider business strategy and utilising data and technology, some of these initiatives are already producing immediate, measurable results, for example:

  • Marine Operations are maximising the use of lower consumption tugs where possible
  • Container Operations are using data driven planning to reduce equipment idle time
  • Warehouse Operations procured a battery electric sweeper used to mitigate pulp dust
  • Fleet Services are segregating waste and using an aerosol puncture device to
    recycle used cans
  • Infrastructure are replacing HID lights with LED units to lower consumption and reduce risk; and
  • Corporate Office partnered with Sustainable Coastlines and Litter Intelligence to participate in community litter reduction initiatives; and segregated domestic waste to reduce total volume to landfill.

Further details are available in our FY23 Annual Report here.

Emissions Reduction in Action

Our total carbon emissions for this financial year were 8,772 tonnes, a 10% reduction from last year’s 9,744 tonnes. This was in line with reduced cargo following Cyclone Gabrielle.

Scope 1 emissions reduced from 7,155 tonnes to 6,279 tonnes, due to less fuel usage by forklifts, cranes and diesel generators. This was offset by the marine fleet (tugs and pilot boat) whose fuel usage increased due to the return of cruise ships as pandemic restrictions eased.

Scope 2, purchased electricity, reduced from 1,759 tonnes to 1,487 tonnes due to less refrigerated containers (‘reefers’) on power during the year.

Scope 3 emissions increased from 829 tonnes to 1,007 tonnes due to a range of factors. Our employee commuting data collection evolved which increased what is measured. Other smaller increases related to air travel as pandemic restrictions eased and container freight movements by road, while a key rail bridge was being repaired following Cyclone Gabrielle.

Addressing Climate Change

This year, we published our third Climate Change Related Disclosure Report, providing an understanding of the potential financial implications of climate change on the business.

The main focus of our third disclosure report is to highlight updates to Napier Port’s climate change ‘physical risks’ and ‘transition impacts’ following the refresh of our climate change risk assessment (CCRA). It adopts newly available climate change data and builds on the scenario modelling used in the previous two reports. The other key focus area is reporting and analysing our certified emissions output for the 2023 financial year against our benchmark 2022 financial year.

Climate Change Related Disclosure Report

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

The 2023 financial year (FY23) saw our emissions inventory being audited for a second time by Toitū Envirocare.

This external certification (link available to the right) has been collected and certified on the same basis as FY22, with a wider range of scope 3 emissions including freight and employee commuting.

The certification means we’ve measured and managed the operational emissions of our organisation in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2018 and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (2004).

Toitū Independent Audit Opinion

Toitū Independent Audit Opinion FY23