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Climate Change

Climate change is starting to impact all businesses and Sealord is committed to playing our part in addressing some of the causes and also adapting our business as appropriate. To this end, we recognise that climate change response can be grouped into two broad areas:

  • Mitigation (e.g. measuring, setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint through changing our operational approach)
  • Adaptation (understanding and responding to climate risk – e.g. developing plans to adapt to extreme weather and rising sea temperatures)

Sealord is committed to disclosing our progress in the reduction of Sealord’s carbon footprint and is a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition, Aotearoa Circle and Nelson Businesses for Climate Action.

Carbon footprint

In 2020, as part of the sustainability policy, Sealord undertook to measure our carbon footprint. This is to better understand our impact on the environment and to develop programs to reduce this over time in line with our commitment to address Climate Change. 

In the year ending Sept 30, 2020, Sealord’s carbon footprint was 119,694 tonnes CO2e (Scope 1 95,521 tCO2e, scope 2 4,763 tCO2e, Scope 3 19,410 tCO2e). Just over 78% of Sealord’s carbon footprint is driven by vessel fuel.  In the year ended Sept 30, 2020, Sealord’s carbon footprint reduced by 4.6% driven by lower fuel usage as well as less sea freight. 

Several initiatives are now in place to reduce Sealord’s carbon footprint over time in line with science-based targets aligned with the Paris Agreement to reduce carbon emissions. In 2020, Sealord achieved its science based targeted reduction. The business is on track to deliver the 2021 target. 

Plastics and waste

It is clear that plastics are having an environmental impact on both land and in water.

Sealord is committed to reducing plastic from the way the ingredients we buy are packaged, to the equipment we use in our operations, through to how we package products to our customers and consumers. Where possible, we will remove plastics or move to compostable formats. Where plastic is the only option, Sealord will move to ensure the plastic includes a percentage of recycled plastic as well as being ultimately recyclable.

Within New Zealand this does rely on appropriate recycling streams being available, however we will support as appropriate any new waste streams that are initiated.

An area of equal focus is to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill from our processing sites and our offices. We are working with our waste management partners to assess and separate waste going off sites. Measures in place to assess waste diversion rates (the percent recycled).

Water Use and Water Quality

Within our operations area, Sealord uses water as part of our processing operations – for example when filleting fish, daily clean down processes. We recognise that water is a valuable resource that must not be wasted.

Sealord will comply with all relevant regulation with regards to use of, and discharging of, water. We will also measure water usage to minimise our use in operations. We are looking to develop water recycling programs where appropriate on all Sealord sites.

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