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We are committed to reducing our environmental footprint

We are conscious of our responsibility for minimising the impact of our refinery on the surrounding environment and are continually looking to lift our environmental performance.

This is underlined by a ‘no spill’ policy and our $25 million investment in site cleaning, preventing hydrocarbons leaving the refinery, and bolstering the resilience of our water treatment systems.

We are committed to working with Government on climate change to understand how we can contribute to New Zealand meeting its obligations. At the same time, we are committed to improving our energy performance and hence, improving our carbon emissions profile.

  • Refining NZ was the first New Zealand company to enter into a Negotiated Greenhouse Agreement (NGA) with the Crown, putting us on a path towards world best practice in managing our greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Our $365 million investment in Te Mahi Hou has improved energy efficiency across the refinery and reduced our carbon emissions by around 120,000 tonnes a year (the equivalent of carbon emissions from 60,000 Toyotas).
  • Increased use of natural gas has further reduced our emissions profile.
  • Partnering with EECA (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) on energy saving projects is helping to lift our energy performance.
  • As well as reducing our own emissions we are working with Government and others to help New Zealand meet the key challenges of reducing carbon emissions from long haul, heavy trucking and aviation. Together we are making inroads into establishing a domestic biofuels industry.

We operate to the highest Health and Safety, Environment and Quality systems and standards

Our responsibility to the environment is woven into our day-to-day activities.

We maintain management systems to the requirements of Occupational, Health and Safety (NZS 4801), Environment (ISO 14001) and Quality (ISO 9001). Audits of these systems are undertaken regularly by third parties:

  • Jet A1 manufacture
  • Operation and maintenance of the Refinery to Auckland Pipeline
  • ISO 9001 Quality Systems
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Systems
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Systems for the RAP Pipeline
  • HSNO compliance
  • Metrology and calibration for hydrotest gauges and relief valves