Reducing our Non Generation Footprint
Genesis Energy is constantly striving to improve its operational footprint - the impact we have on the environment on a day-to-day basis as we undertake our work.
Annually we set objectives and targets which seek to minimise our operational footprint. These are published in our annual report.
Various initiatives are being implemented in the daily operation of our business to ensure we work towards achieving these objectives and minimise our footprint.
Genesis Energy has a waste minimisation program which aims to reduce waste to landfill from all its office buildings
The first step of the waste minimisation program involved undertaking waste audits at all of our sites. Following on from this, work programs have been developed which include a comprehensive recycling program and waste minimisation awareness campaign.
These practises led to a 68% reduction in waste to landfill from the Greenlane site in the 2007 - 2008 year.
Genesis Energy recognises its purchasing has an impact on its own and New Zealand’s footprint.
Sustainable purchasing guidelines have been developed and are being constantly implemented in our day to day business to influence purchasing decisions.
We regularly engage with our product suppliers and service providers to address sustainable purchasing.
The sustainable purchasing guidelines are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they are in line with best practice.
Sustainable Building Guidelines for Refurbishment
Genesis Energy has sustainable building guidelines in place which aim to reduce energy consumption and improve resource efficiency.
The guidelines have helped to inform our decisions on office fit outs and refurbishments and have been utilised in the refurbishment of the Greenlane and Energy Online Auckland and Hamilton offices.
The guidelines are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are in line with best practise.
Genesis Energy seeks to ensure it is a responsible consumer of electricity and has set a target requiring that office energy performance is within the EECA low typical usage benchmark of 200 - 280 kWh/m2.
Accordingly Genesis Energy implemented a number of energy efficient initiatives such as delamping, energy saver lamps, light sensors in meeting rooms and installing a number of technology improvements.
Energy audits were undertaken in all our offices in 2008. The audits confirmed that Greenlane and Hamilton office had achieved our target.. We continue to strive towards lower office energy consumption.
Carbon Offset of Non Generation Activities
Genesis Energy is regularly reviewing its energy audits and work practises to ensure that it is reducing its carbon footprint. Our emphasis is on genuinely reducing emissions from our non generation activities. The purchase of carbon credits is only undertaken for those emissions which cannot be offset through changing work practices.
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