Our social responsibilities and the principles that guide us, are instilled within our business and symbolised through our Koru.
Our Koru reflects and inspires who we are as Air New Zealanders. Linking us to our beautiful country and gives us a sense of place. Reminding us of our responsibility to nurture and maintain our precious resources for future generations. We are acutely aware of the importance of maintaining and growing New Zealand's "100% Pure" reputation internationally.
We are committed to meeting the highest standards of environmental responsibility.
'Our goal is to be the world's most environmentally sustainable airline.'
We take our role in environmental sustainability very seriously; we have even been named the most energy-efficient company in New Zealand by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
Air New Zealand is a world-leader in examining every aspect of flight operations to reduce carbon emissions by saving fuel. Management of our fuel use to benefit the environment has been a priority for many years. Modelling of fuel performance is sophisticated and well understood. Ensuring Air New Zealand can predict fuel usage with a high degree of confidence and that we can measure progress extremely accurately. We cut fuel use by 15% - a big achievement in the energy intensive aviation industry.
Air New Zealand has committed over $2.5 billion to updating our fleet with Boeing 777-300ERs and Boeing 787-9s. This will ensure we gain the significant carbon emission reductions that these fuel efficient aircraft make possible. With the Dreamliner aircraft arrival in 2014, we will have the youngest and most fuel-efficient commercial fleet in the world. We were the first carrier in the world to gain regulatory permission to use routes shorter and more fuel-efficient flight tracks. On the ground, our support vehicles at Auckland, Blenheim and Christchurch airports are running on 20% biodiesel.
We successfully completed the world's first commercial aviation test flight powered by the sustainable second-generation bio fuel jatropha, which has played an important role in the certification of aviation bio fuels for airlines globally. This was a joint initiative between Air New Zealand, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell UOP, and was carried out as part of commercial aviation's drive for more sustainable air travel for future generations and used the highest blend of any type of bio fuel in a test flight.
Travellers wanting to help offset their personal carbon emissions can now do so through the Air New Zealand online calculator. The scheme, allows travellers to pay via the Air New Zealand website towards offsetting their carbon footprint. Customers can also assist the environment in New Zealand by making a donation to the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. The Air New Zealand Environment Trust helps communities, support projects, give grants, as well as fund research and development into ways to enhance New Zealand's environment.
The first project of the Trust is a conservation programme involving approximately 40 hectares on Mangarara Station in Hawke's Bay. The Trust has financially contributed to the purchase and planting of 85,000 trees over the past three years to create the conservation reserve, which is being placed under covenant to protect it for future generations. By re-planting native forests the Trust will not only contribute to creating efficient 'carbon sinks', but also create new areas that may - one day - house our endangered species in ecological comfort and, more importantly, in safety. The owners of the station, Greg and Rachel Hart, are keen to develop a model sustainable farming system, which includes a native reforestation project, pastoral tree planting and a holistic approach to soil management.
Many Air New Zealanders are taking on the drive for environmental responsibility. Thousands of Air New Zealanders have joined the "Air New Zealand Green Team" and have signed up to help reduce both their own, and our company's, environmental impact. Key areas are waste management and more efficient energy use. We are also investigating how to reduce our energy use across all our operational facilitates.
Sustainability is more than a state of mind - it is a business-wide Air New Zealand way of doing things.