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The Warehouse supports ETNZ to become the first America's Cup team to go carbon-zero

by Emirates Team New Zealand 17 Feb 20:03 NZDT
Emirates Team New Zealand has partnered with The Warehouse to make their campaign for the 36th America's Cup carbon zero. © Emirates Team New Zealand

The Warehouse has partnered with Emirates Team New Zealand to offset the team's carbon emissions for its 36th America's Cup campaign.

The partnership will see Emirates Team New Zealand become the first America's Cup syndicate to have a Toitu carbonzero certified campaign.

The team's emissions will be measured from July 2017 to the end of their campaign in 2021 and offset through investing in permanent native New Zealand forestry projects, in partnership with Toitu Envirocare's carbon-zero programme.

Further to this, the partnership has supported tree planting programmes with Trees that Count around the Firth of Thames, to help restore local waterways and native flora and fauna.

The Warehouse founder and Sustainability Champion, Sir Stephen Tindall says the combination of The Warehouse and Emirates Team New Zealand working together to play a part in combatting climate change is a good example of business and sport coming together to tackle such an important issue.

"The Warehouse and Emirates Team New Zealand are dear to my heart and it gives me great pride in seeing these two iconic Kiwi organisations taking action on climate change."

"Both organisations have calculated their carbon footprints and will continue on a journey to not only offset these in the short term, but will use technology and innovation to further reduce carbon and CO2 dramatically over the next decade."

"We hope other Kiwi businesses and sports organisations will join us, as it is not as difficult as it may seem."

The Warehouse is part of the wider The Warehouse Group, which is taking responsibility for its impact on the environment. In 2019 the Group, also compromising Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming, TheMarket.com, 1-day.co.nz and Torpedo7 - became the first large organisation in the country and third major retailer in the world, to go carbon zero.

Chief Executive Nick Grayston says it is a privilege to support Emirates Team New Zealand with its environmental efforts.

"We believe that good businesses need good societies and environments to function successfully. "As a large New Zealand retailer with millions of customers through our doors every year, we are doing all we can to take responsibility for our impact on the environment and to help New Zealanders address climate change.

"Alongside Emirates Team New Zealand, we hope to encourage more action in this area and continue to do our part for the ongoing health of Kiwis, and the planet." Emirates Team New Zealand Chief Executive Grant Dalton says the team is pleased to take this step to measure and take responsibility for its emissions with a long-term view of carbon reduction for New Zealand's natural environment.

"As a team that spends so much of its time on the water, we have always been conscious of our environment and doing what we can to minimise our impact on it as best we can.

"We are first to say we aren't perfect by any stretch, but we are prepared to measure our emissions. This is a step in taking responsibility for the carbon footprint we create by becoming carbon-zero certified."

"To be able to work with The Warehouse as well as Toitu Envirocare to help us measure and offset our emissions is something that means a lot to everyone in the team."

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