Thinking responsibly and caring about our environment

Rinnai NZ environmental policy

With the world's limited resources, we all have a responsibility to make the most of what we have. In 2013 Rinnai implemented a full environmental program and gained ISO 14001 accreditation. Our environmental program since then has been driven by passionate volunteers who, as well as their day jobs, strive to make sustainable improvements in all areas of the business.

One of Rinnai's seven guiding principles is about our impact on the environment and being socially responsible:

Reducing environmental impact and being socially responsible
It's our planet too. We will minimise any negative environmental impact that we may have and take active steps to support our community.

As well as all the good things maintained as part of ISO 14001, we have also implemented several smaller environmental initiatives, which we hope collectively can make a big difference. Here are a few examples:

Polystyrene recycling
We have partnered with Abilities, a non-profit organisation, to coordinate and implement a process for polystyrene collection. The waste polystyrene is melted/compacted into blocks before being shipped overseas, where it is recycled into interior mouldings.

Bringing the bees back
Rinnai supports a company that rents beehives to businesses, with a focus on getting bees back into the urban ecosystem.

Packaging reuse
High grade cartons used to protect fragile imported components are collected and on-sold at a small cost to a moving company where they are reused.

Packaging used for goods coming into Rinnai are re-purposed by our warehouse team to package spare parts and sent to customers. It might not look pretty, but it's functional.

20 L heavy duty plastic chemical containers used by our paint plant are rinsed and sent back to the supplier for refilling and kept in circulation.

In other activities, we have formalised everything environmental into our induction program with the aim that every individual working at Rinnai knows what part they play in the environmental program—it's amazing what can be done when we all work as one.