Frucor Suntory has been named one of the Top 10 Carbon Reducers by carbon and environmental programme Toitū Envirocare.

Frucor Suntory head of sustainability, Ben Walkley

As a member of Toitū since 2017, Frucor Suntory has been measuring greenhouse gas emissions in almost every one of its departments.

Frucor Suntory head of sustainability, Ben Walkley says the news comes straight after being advised the company had retained its Toitū certification and was recognised for its ongoing commitment to sustainability and reducing carbon emissions.

“At Frucor Suntory, our CO2 emissions stem from several sources, some being obvious such as manufacturing and fuelling lease cars, whereas others (like the running of our fridges) much less so,” he says.

“And we’re taking action to reduce these emissions. Things like replacing our entire sales fleet with low-emissions vehicles not only help us to reduce our carbon footprint, they are also sound business decisions that help to reduce overall operating costs.”

The company also increased its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by becoming a 2020 member of Te Rōpū Kōkiri.

Collectively 2020’s Te Rōpū Kōkiri has avoided 55,979 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents – the same as taking 33,000 cars off Auckland streets for a year.

“Or put another way, to offset 55,979 tonnes with quality New Zealand forestry credits would cost over $2.7million. Either way, it’s a win,” says Toitū’s chief executive Becky Lloyd.

She says Toitū is honoured to support the work and leadership Frucor Suntory is showing in this area.

“We provide the tools and evidence, but it’s the mahi of our collective that deserves celebration. It’s really heartening to see such a varied group in our top 10 for 2020.”