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ELECTRICITY

Ecotricity

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All employees at Ecotricity start above NZ's living wage rate but, we want to make this official. By Mid 2019, we are committed to becoming an accredited living wage employer.


OUR IMPACT

 
  Carbon Conscious   Meridian continues to calculate and audit our carbon footprint, and we set targets for year on year reductions. We’ve adopted Cisco Jabber video conferencing to cut down on air travel and are changing our vehicle fleet to EVs.

Recycling

Each year, 78 kilograms of recyclables diverted from landfill.

 
  Supporting Communities   Across our KidsCan, Kākāpō Recovery Programme and Community Funds Meridian gives an estimated $1.5m a year to supporting NZ communities. In addition, our campaigns are specifically created to raise awareness for those we support with strong call to actions to encourage others to donate and support.

Composting

Each year, 70 kilograms of organic waste diverted from landfill.

 
  Diversity Reporting   Meridian reports on gender balance across the business and specifically leadership roles. We support “Girls with High Vis” to actively encourage and support women into technical fields.

Supporting Communities

We're proudly 100% Kiwi and 50% Community Owned. That means 50% of our profits are piled back into building new renewable electricity generation or returned to the community.

 
  Supporting Ecosystems   Our impacts on biodiversity are mostly managed through projects funded by Meridian, designed in collaboration with local stakeholders when our consents were originally granted. We also fund additional projects over and above what is described in our resource consents.

Carbon Conscious

Each year, 5,000 tonnes CO2-e reduced from entering the atmosphere.

 
  Energy Efficiency   Meridian has set an Electric Vehicle (EV) target of 90% for our passenger fleet in 2020 using fully electric cars not hybrids. Each of our main offices is in a modern, energy-efficient building that meets the New Zealand Green Building Council’s 5-star standard.

Carbon Neutral

6 products offered for sale that are carbon neutral.

 
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NZ Made

6 products offered for sale that are made in New Zealand.

 

OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY

 

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“Ecotricity is the only carboNZero 100% renewable electricity in New Zealand. But we're also about educating Kiwis about making smarter choices about types of energy and helping them move away from gas, coal, petrol, diesel and geothermal and into clean or renewable options like solar and electric vehicles.”

- Al Yates, Director

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“It feels great helping our customers to get competitively priced renewable energy and to find out about exciting developments occurring in the sustainability space. Ecotricity is a disrupter to the electricity market and it is exciting to see New Zealander's and progressive companies embracing technological solutions to climate change.”

- Tom Land, Commercial Accounts Manager

 

100% kiwi-owned (50% by the community), we are extremely proud that our business and electricity is 100% carboNZero certified (we are audited and reported on by Enviro-Mark Solutions). We only purchase electricity from hydro, solar and wind and there are no carbon emissions in the fuel source. But we don’t stop there. We also factor in the lifetime carbon emissions from manufacturing the power generation facilities, focussing on carbon emissions from cradle to grave. Where there’s a negative difference, we plant New Zealand native trees annually to offset the impact. This means our customers can feel great knowing they can power their home or business all while reducing their carbon footprint and supporting renewable energy in NZ.

Founders of Ecotricity, Al and Mark, each have three children and their decisions at Ecotricity are driven by the world they’d like to leave for their children and future generations. We really owe it to them to lead the way and proactively address climate change. By providing consumers with the option to purchase 100% carboNZero certified electricity, we are giving New Zealanders the ability to do their bit to address climate change, encouraging the switch away from Fossil Fuels.

Our mission to help protect our environment stretches beyond the electricity sector. We are active supporters of the uptake of Solar energy and electric vehicles (we are proud of our ecoTEC YouTube Channel and EV Buyers Guide we created to show our support and encouragement of this adoption). We dedicate and publish several content pieces around sustainability, recycling, new technologies and ways to save money and energy. We’re also the only electricity provider that encourages our customers to conserve energy and we provide transparent pricing (and charges) to highlight where your money is going and why.

Ecotricity was established with sustainability in mind from the start, but our staff hail from all walks of life. What’s great to see is how, through the exposure to our company values, we can see our staff incorporating ethical and sustainable practices into their own lives by default.

If everyone in NZ switched to 100% carboNZero electricity from Ecotricity we would be able to offset 4,147,000,000 kgs/CO2e from electricity generation. We’d like to see more renewable energy sources across NZ to meet demand, making electricity more affordable and continuing to reduce our carbon emissions.

 
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