Port takes out green award for ini­tia­tive

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - KATY JONES

The suc­cess of a Port Nel­son ini­tia­tive to re­duce the car­bon foot­print of New Zealand’s grow­ing wine in­dus­try, has been recog­nised with an­other national award.

The com­pany’s ‘‘QuayCon­nect’’ ser­vice has more than halved truck jour­neys be­tween the port and the coun­try’s largest wine pro­duc­ing re­gion of Marl­bor­ough, since it be­gan in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Un­der the scheme, four trucks are ded­i­cated to trans­port­ing empty bot­tles to Marl­bor­ough and full bot­tles back to the port, mean­ing trucks no longer travel one leg of the jour­ney empty or only partly full.

The trans­port model had saved 348,436 litres of fuel and 1,602 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide equiv­a­lent in its first year, the com­pany said.

Port Nel­son’s CEO Martin Byrne col­lected the lat­est award from the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Trans­port (CILT) in Auck­land on Wednesday night.

‘‘Port Nel­son is the main hub through which the vast ma­jor­ity of [New Zealand] wine trav­els around the coun­try, and to the world,’’ said Byrne.

‘‘Sus­tain­abil­ity is an im­por­tant strand to the New Zealand wine brand story, so play­ing our part in re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print of the coun­try’s wine in­dus­try while dra­mat­i­cally im­prov­ing lo­gis­tics ef­fi­ciency, is ex­tremely im­por­tant to us.’’

New Zealand’s wine in­dus­try has over­taken seafood as the coun­try’s fifth largest ex­port com­mod­ity.

Wine was an in­creas­ing pri­or­ity as a cus­tomer sec­tor, the com­pany’s gen­eral man­ager of busi­ness devel­op­ment, Eu­gene Beneke, said.

Port Nel­son’s wine-in­dus­try re­lated vol­umes had hit a new high of 204,000 tonnes in the last fi­nan­cial year, break­ing the pre­vi­ous year’s record of 178,000 tonnes.

In­fra­struc­ture like the Patterson Lo­gis­tics Cen­tre wine stor­age had meant the com­pany had been able to han­dle the in­creased vol­umes, said Byrne.

‘‘When the Patterson Lo­gis­tics Cen­tre II is com­pleted in De­cem­ber we will be able to hold a fur­ther 32,000 pal­lets.’’

In June, QuayCon­nect helped Port Nel­son win the Re­silience to Cli­mate Change prize in the national 2017 Green Rib­bon Awards. The trans­port model was also a fi­nal­ist in this year’s 2017 Deloitte En­ergy Ex­cel­lence Awards.

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