Green Star buildings
Kathmandu currently has three 5-star Green Star buildings including our New Zealand office. The rating measures the overall environmental impact of a building like water use, energy and emissions.
In 2015, we started a program to offset all of our business air travel emissions through the Hinewai Reserve in New Zealand. The Hinewai project focuses on the regeneration of native vegetation and habitat for wildlife.
Located near the Kathmandu Christchurch office, the Hinewai project focuses on the regeneration of native vegetation and habitat for wildlife. Since 1987, the Hinewai Reserve has grown from a 109 hectare block of farmland to 1230 hectares of regenerating native bush.
Hinewai Reserve Manager Hugh Wilson was known as the ‘gorse farmer’ by locals. After farmers spent decades battling invasive plants like gorse, Hugh pioneered a way to use gorse as a shelter plant for regenerating natives.
This forest regeneration, along with predator control, has helped many bird species thrive in the reserve. Bellbirds, grey warblers, tomtits and pigeons are now regularly sighted. Tui, re–introduced in 2009, are also settling in.
Action through awareness
In our stores, offices, and distribution centres, heating and air-conditioning use the most energy. We educate our staff to effectively manage these systems. The same goes for lighting — regular reminders to switch off lights helps to minimise costs and the impact of our operational footprint.
We've also working with Explorer, Environmental Scientist and climate change activist, Tim Jarvis. Tim has taken on the role of Global Brand Ambassador for Kathmandu and is committed to finding solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss.
We work with Toitu Envirocare, a carbon certification company, who verify our carbon measurements to achieve 'Toitu carbonreduce certification' and help us identify ways to reduce emissions.