Lion NZ is New Zealand’s leading alcohol and beverage company. Lion NZ holds Toitū carbonzero certification for its full organisation (including all breweries and manufacturing sites, venues, and administration sites). Additionally, their full Steinlager beer range has earned Toitū carbonzero product certification.
Lion NZ Limited: Toitū net carbonzero certified organisation
Lion NZ is New Zealand’s leading alcohol beverage company with brands including Speight’s, Steinlager, Mac’s, Panhead, Emerson’s, Lindauer, Wither Hills and Havana Coffee Works. The company employs around 1,000 people across its head office and The Pride in Auckland, Speight's, Emerson’s, Little Creatures and Panhead breweries, the Wither Hills winery and Havana Coffee Works. Lion is proud to be New Zealand’s first large-scale carbon zero certified beverages company, a member of the Climate Leaders Coalition, Sustainable Business Council and Sustainable Business Network and has won many awards for embedding flexible working into the business and its action to improve diversity, inclusion and gender pay equity. It is a member of responsible drinking charity Cheers!, runs its own alcohol education platform called Alcohol&Me and provides funding to support the Health Promotion Agency’s moderation programmes.
At Lion, we take a view that climate change needs to be tackled from both an emission reduction and adaptation perspective. In terms of adaptation, we need to invest in research and development that ensures the resilience and supply of raw materials. We are also starting to evaluate the location of our manufacturing sites to understand how the impacts of sea level rise can be mitigated.
In terms of our ambition for emission reduction, we have a company-wide target which covers all of Lion’s New Zealand and Australian operations. This target aims to reduce emissions by 30% by 2026 from F15 levels. It is based on a science-based approach aligned to the Paris agreement which flows on from our parent company, Kirin, who had their Science Based Target approved in 2017.
The Steinlager beer range: Toitū carbonzero certified products
Steinlager is a beer brewed by Lion New Zealand, predominantly at The Pride Brewery located in Auckland New Zealand, with some relatively small production at Speights Brewery located in Dunedin in the South Island. Steinlager has a rich history in New Zealand, first being produced in 1958 and continues to be a popular brand within the New Zealand and international marketplace today. Steinlager consists of several product brands including, Classic, Pure, Tokyo Dry and Black.
The Pride Brewery, where Steinlager is brewed and packaged, has a strong sustainability culture and performance, including ongoing implementation of energy and water efficiency projects, staff training and environmental teams, awareness campaigns and reporting tools. The Pride is certified to an international standard for environmental management systems (ISO 14001) and continues to look for opportunities to continually improve their environmental performance. Opportunities for improving the sustainability of materials used within the brewing and packaging of our brands are reviewed and implemented with the relevant teams across the Lion network such as Lions packaging technical team and raw materials teams.