We work closely with our customers to introduce sustainable solutions that reduce their impact on the environment. This extends beyond our own operations to our supply chain.
Sustainability in practice
OCS New Zealand is ISO 14001 certified (Northern Regional office/National Support Office only). We are a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition and the Sustainable Business Council and our Managing Director, Gareth Marriott, is a member of its advisory board.
As signatories to the Climate Leaders Coalition, we are acting on climate change now, to create a future that is low-emissions, positive for our businesses and the economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders.
We are committed to the Paris Agreement target to keep warming below 2 degrees and to further pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees.
By being a signatory to the Coalition, OCS is actively:
- Measuring our greenhouse gas footprint, having the data independently verified by a third party and making the information publicly available;
- Adopting targets grounded in science that will deliver substantial emissions reductions so our organisations contribute to New Zealand being carbon neutral by 2050. These targets will be considered in current planning cycles;
- Assessing our climate change risks and publicly disclosing them;
- Proactively supporting our people to reduce their emissions, and
- Proactively supporting our suppliers to reduce their emissions
In 2019, OCS became a Toitū Envirocare carbonreduce certified organisation in line with ISO 14064-1. We measure our greenhouse gas emissions and are committed to managing and reducing our emissions in respect of all operational activities of our organisation within New Zealand.
In 2020, lockdowns and movement restrictions across our country forced a new way of working, fast tracking efforts to adopt more flexible working options and reducing our air and road travel.
Working with Toitū Envirocare (formerly Enviro-Mark Solutions) across both our New Zealand and Australian businesses, we took the leap in 2020 and made the decision to become carbon neutral, offsetting our carbon emissions and achieving Toitū carbonzero certification.
This is not to say that we will take our eye off the ball to reduce greenhouse gasses - we're continuing our target to reduce emissions YOY by 5% each year through to 2024 - but we realised there is only so much where we can adopt energy efficiency measures.
We are committed to being the most environmentally sustainable business in our sector by 2030. Along with a reduction in CO2 we will implement waste reduction and elimination across our value chain, and work to better the lives of our people and the communities in which we work, live and play.
For more information on our sustainability practices, read the OCS New Zealand and Australia Sustainability Report 2020.
For past reports, please click on the links below:
- OCS New Zealand and Australia Sustainability Report 2019
- OCS New Zealand and Australia Sustainability Report 2018
- OCS New Zealand Sustainability Report 2017
From 2017 to 2018 we reduced our carbon emissions by 18%, as detailed in this case study.