Sustainability at Ravensdown

Our operations and those of our customers are dependent on natural resources, which is why it’s critical to continually improve how efficiently we are using them, for the benefit of future generations.


Integrated Report

Integrated reporting is about creating value over time. It helps us to better engage with and understand our stakeholders, identify and respond to current and future challenges and to employ resources and develop relationships to enable improved decisions.

Integrated Report

Environmental Policy

Ravensdown is committed to helping farmers reduce their environmental impact and just as determined to tackle its own.

Ravensdown Environmental Policy 

Climate Action

Our Footprint

Ravensdown reported its first carbon footprint in 2017.  We have set a reduction target of 30% of 2017/18 levels by 2030, following a science-based approach.  In 2019 we broadened the scope, removed sources of uncertainty from the datasets and improved our calculation methods.  The carbon footprint profile of our wider operations (scope 1, 2 and 3) is shown below.  Total core (scope 1 and 2) emissions for 2019 were 14,905tCO2e.  Our 2020 carbon footprint will be issued shortly. 

The carbon footprint profile of our wider operations is shown below.

Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group’s work is a great example of community collaboration between industry (Ravensdown’s Ngarua lime quarry), farmers and community to protect a valuable natural area.

What our Sustainability Programme is Achieving

Surveying Suppliers on Sustainability

Our 2020/21 supplier sustainability survey signalled to suppliers the importance of sustainability, recognised good performance and stimulated new sustainability conversations.

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Supplier Evaluation Criteria

It is important that we engage with suppliers who share our vision and values, and support our suppliers on their own sustainability journey

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Advocating for our Shareholders

We engage frequently with local and national government bodies to contribute to practical and pragmatic legislative and regulatory processes.  We believe this influence is important in shaping the regulatory agenda and shaping New Zealand for the better. 

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Sharing our Experiences

Our goal is to show leadership in sustainability among other businesses and within the agri-sector. 

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Developing Staff Knowledge

We aim to increase knowledge and awareness of sustainable practices amongst our staff.

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Carbon Reduction Roadmap

We have taken a science-based approach to set an appropriate and ambitious 2030 carbon reduction target and put in place roadmaps at the business unit level to plan for achieving it.

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Switching to Renewable Fuels

Investigation into alternative fuels for drying lime has been in-depth and is ongoing as part of the carbon reduction roadmap.

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A Takeback Scheme to take Responsibility for our Packaging

Ravensdown has been committed to a take-back scheme for bulk fertiliser bags for many years which ensures that all bags that are returned are recycled at our cost.    

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One Stop Shops for Farmers to Dispose of Rural Waste

We partner with Agrecovery for safer and more responsible care of agricultural waste streams on farm.

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Minimising Waste throughout Ravensdown Activities

We are putting effort into reducing not only our packaging waste but the waste we generate operationally in a number of ways. 

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Urea replaced with N-Protect at 45 sites

Ravensdown develops and promotes coated fertiliser products that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions and improved environmental outcomes. 

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Trusted Advisors

Ravensdown has a team of certified advisors who are farm nutrient and farm environmental experts. 

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Proof of Placement

Technological solutions are focused on accurate planning and recording of precise placement of fertiliser to optimise value from the land while minimising environmental externalities.

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Focused Investment to Improve Stormwater Quality

Recognising the shared value of water resources, we are engaging more with stakeholders, gathering more and improved data on environmental quality indicators and investing in site infrastructure upgrades across the network. 

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Dipton Planting Project

It is expected that Dipton Lime’s native forest project is the first of many native forestry projects, designed to promote biodiversity, sequester carbon, enhance the landscape and have a positive impact on the local community. 

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Takaka Hill Biodiversity Partnership

We have a close and developing partnership with the Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group, resulting in significant environmental benefits at our Ngarua Lime Quarry and throughout the Takaka Hill ecosystem. 

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Catchment-level Environmental Management

Catchment-wide engagement and smart decision support technology are increasingly utilised to improve downstream environmental outcomes and select mitigation options for a sustainable farming model.

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Lend a Hand Day

Ravensdown recognises the communities we work within and wants to give something back, so all staff are granted the option of an additional day of leave per year to be spent contributing to a community project. 

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