Our commitment to the environment

At Stuff, we’re driven by our purpose to help Kiwis connect and thrive in their communities – that guides everything we do as a business, and includes our commitment to the environment. We take environmental sustainability and climate change seriously. We are very proud signatories to the Climate Leaders’ Coalition and constantly look for ways we can reduce our footprint. We also use our role as a trusted media outlet to shine the light on these issues.

In every area of our business, we’re looking at how we can do better by the environment.

We are committed to the sustainable production of our newspapers. Our print plants (in Petone and Christchurch) won a Kodak Sonora Plate Green Leaf Award for their world-class environmentally friendly initiatives. These include: chemical-free plant processing, using recycled waste or by-products and biodegradable vegetable-based ink, recycling of waste paper and aluminium plates, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products and sourcing products that are sustainable and non-toxic and time-sensored LED lights to minimise energy consumption.

Since 2015, we have achieved a 47% reduction in our carbon emissions across the Stuff business. We’ve radically reduced our electricity consumption and waste across our offices and have created an award-winning sustainability strategy across our events portfolio with the goal of diverting 100% of landfill waste from all our events.

We’re challenging the NZ public to do their part as well.

 

 

Taking action

As New Zealand’s biggest news website, Stuff performs a vital role in educating, informing and raising awareness in the community about important sustainability and environmental issues, and in turn influencing the social agenda.

Here are some ways we’re raising awareness and taking action against important environmental issues.

 

Climate Leaders Coalition

Climate Leaders Coalition

Stuff signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition and Statement, run by the NZ Sustainable Business Council, alongside 60 other Kiwi businesses that share the same vision of a low emissions economy and commitment to demonstrating the role businesses play in climate change.

The group of 60 businesses – including Z, Westpac, Vector, Air New Zealand and NZ Post – make up nearly 50 fifty per cent of New Zealand’s emissions. Stuff, along with all of the other business signatories, is acting to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and, in doing so, create a positive future for Kiwis.

Financial Year Total (CO2) Year-on-year change Change since 2015
FY15 1,594.12 n/a n/a
FY16 1,384.37 13.16% 13.16%
FY17 1,198.15 13.45% 24.82%
FY18 988.77 17.47% 37.97%
FY19 844.87 14.55% 47.00%

Table: Stuff carbon footprint – total emissions

 

Editorial Campaigns

Bags Not

As New Zealand’s biggest news website, Stuff performs a vital role in educating, informing and raising awareness in the community about important sustainability and environmental issues, and in turn influencing the social agenda. In August 2019 Stuff, worked with Niwa and the MetService to incorporate atmospheric carbon dioxide readings into our daily weather graphics/data. We are the first NZ media organisation to regularly and routinely publish this information.

We have launched editorial campaigns such as Quick! Save the Planet (November 2018), Thin Ice ( April 2018) and Bags Not ( November 2017) that showcase our global sustainable state and encourage Kiwis to take action on helping reduce emissions.

 

 

Events

Stuff runs some of NZ’s largest and most iconic events, attended by half a million Kiwis each year, including Auckland’s Ports of Auckland Round the Bays, the Central Districts Field Days, the Night Noodle Markets and the national Women of Influence Awards (in conjunction with Westpac).

Stuff aims to be an industry leader in environmental sustainability, with a goal to achieve zero-waste events.

Every Stuff event is committed to being as kind as possible to the planet and landfill diversion from Stuff Events is increasing year-on-year. Onsite signs encourage guests to do their bit to reduce waste via three-stage waste management streams. An initiative as simple as removing single-use cups at the Night Noodle Markets saved over 30,000 cups from going to landfill.

Through a number of recycling and reusing initiatives, Stuff Events diverted 65% of the 78 tonnes of waste from all its FY18 events.