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
Key initatives to improve our operational footprint include:
Genesis Energy has a waste minimisation program which aims to reduce waste to landfill from all its office buildings.
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.
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.
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. Achieving this has required energy efficient initiatives such as delamping, energy saver lamps, light sensors in meeting rooms and installing technology improvements.
Carbon Offset of Non Generation Activities
In recent years Genesis Energy has been measuring and reducing its CO2 equivalent emissions from its non generation activities. Genesis Energy regularly reviews its energy audits and work practises to ensure that it is reducing its carbon footprint.
As New Zealand's primary thermal electricity generator, Genesis Energy recognises the need to understand and reduce the impact of our activities on climate change.
Genesis Energy is taking action to reduce emissions while balancing climate change considerations, New Zealand's increasing energy demand profile and the need to make sure our customers have a reliable energy supply.
Genesis Energy's climate change strategy is a comprehensive whole-of-company approach. Our goal is to responsibly manage our impact on climate change both through our own activities and emissions and in partnership with our customers and stakeholders.
The company's climate change strategy has been developed so Genesis Energy can effectively operate in a carbon constrained world. We place importance on measuring and reporting on our greenhouse gas emissions so we can monitor our progress against targets.
Reducing the carbon intensity of Genesis Energy's activities
Our key sustainability objective is to reduce the carbon intensity of our Genesis generation portfolio over time.
We are also focused on reducing the carbon intensity of our non-generation activities. Our emphasis is to reduce the amount we use, with offsetting an option only after other avenues have been explored. We have targets in place to help us achieve this objective with actions published in the Annual Report.
Encouraging customers to reduce their greenhouse
We encourage our customers to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and environmental footprint. Key initiatives include:
Genesis Energy developed Schoolgen to provide students, teachers and parents with a hands-on learning experience that teaches them about renewable energy and climate change. It enables over 90 selected schools to generate some of their own electricity using a photovoltaic system. All schools in New Zealand also have access to freely available teaching resources and real-time generation data from the solar panels on the Schoolgen website.
Energy Efficiency advice and product offers
Genesis Energy continues to provide energy efficient offers and advice to customers to assist them in reducing their carbon footprint.
Adapting to a carbon constrained world
New Zealand has introduced an Emissions Trading Scheme that has far reaching impacts for Genesis Energy. We have increased our focus on our climate change strategy.
Genesis Energy continues to actively participate in the development of national climate change policy. For more information refer to Genesis Energy Submissions on Climate Change Bills.
Genesis Energy has compliance obligations under any New Zealand Emissions Trading scheme. For every two tonnes of CO2 Genesis Energy emits, we are required to procure one carbon unit and surrender it to the government at a later date.
Measuring and reporting our emissions
A high level of importance is placed on measuring and reporting our greenhouse gas emissions. Measurement allows us and our stakeholders to see our performance against the objectives and targets we have set ourselves.
During the financial year 2015/2016 for the 6 months to 31 December 2015, Genesis Energy was responsible for:
- 1,071,000 tonnes of CO2 from electricity generation
- A generation portfolio with a carbon intensity of 317 tonnes C02 per GWh