United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals

We've chosen to align our activity to four of the United Nations' SDGs where we can make the most impact and generate the most synergy with our strategic direction. In this way we believe we will add the most value and have the largest impact on business performance.


Employee Relations, Welfare, Diversity and Inclusion

Promote a positive workplace for WEL staff through a commitment to best practice employment processes

  • Implementation of a diverse workforce and inclusive work environment
  • Monitor and deliver gender equality across the business
  • Deliver ongoing wellbeing initiatives for staff and implement an overarching wellbeing framework

Sustainable Community

Invest in the future of the local community and address energy hardship through the provision of affordable, reliable and safe supply of electricity

  • Operate the OurPower retail platform to provide cheaper retail electricity to the wider Waikato community
  • Reduce the risk of harm in the community through the ongoing effective implementation of a public safety management system across the network assets
  • Support the expansion of EV charging infrastructure throughout the network to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles

Resilient Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure and promote sustainable and innovative development of network assets 

  • Monitor and reduce SAIDI (customer outage time) through a resilient network
  • Develop nano-grid technical infrastructure to better understand how to optimise sources of generation attached to the network
  • Install solar panels and a grid battery at the WEL depot in support of the nano-grid
  • Investigate options for grid scale renewable energy generation 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

WEL has undertaken an initial assessment of its greenhouse has emissions with a view to reducing the relative impact of its emissions over time.

WEL has used the 2018 - 2019 financial year as the baseline against which future appraisals will be compared. All measurements will be validated by Toitū Envirocare. Emissions from vehicles, staff travel and energy consumption form the majority of WEL's emission profile.

  • Toitū carbonreduce certification*
  • Change over 75% of the WEL pool vehicle fleet to electric vehicles (EV)
  • Operate and evaluate the fully electric powered elevated work platform truck (the first 100% electric EWP truck in New Zealand

On 25 September 2015, United Nations member countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.