Environmental sustainability

Protecting Aotearoa's environment for future generations

As one of New Zealand's largest businesses with a nationwide network of supermarkets, four distribution centres, three processing plants and two support offices, reducing the environmental impact as our business grows has meant a concerted effort across all areas of the business. Since 2016, we’ve reduced our emissions by 21 per cent and in 2019 we announced our new target, which is to reduce emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 versus 2015 levels. 

With the introduction of more energy efficient refrigeration systems, LED lighting, freezers that reduce cold air loss, and heat reclaim technology we've taken huge steps in energy reduction. We’ve also reduced our food waste, diverting it from landfill and donating any that is still fit for consumption to our Food Rescue partners. Over the last year, we’ve donated 10.4 million meals worth of food to Kiwis in need. 

In 2017, we launched 20 commitments out to 2020 which focus on sustainability. These goals fall under the three categories of People, Planet and Prosperity, and align with the United Nations’ 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. You can learn more about those 2020 commitments here and read our latest Sustainability report here.

Gen Less

Countdown marked Climate Week in 2019 by announcing we were the first supermarket brand to join Gen Less, an initiative encouraging Kiwis from all walks of life to reduce their emissions.

Gen Less encourages individuals, organisations, businesses and government to live and work in more climate friendly ways and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from energy use.  

We joined Gen Less after announcing our ambitious new carbon emissions reduction target, which is to reduce emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 versus 2015 levels. 

For more information about Gen Less, or to join the movement, visit: www.genless.govt.nz

Find out more about our Environmental initiatives below