AIR New Zealand has taken more steps toward mitigating its environmental impact, creating a new Chief Sustainability Officer position within its executive.
Kiri Hannifin (pictured) has been appointed to the newly created role this morning, having successfully headed up the reduction of emissions at New Zealand supermarket chain Countdown over the last three and half years.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Greg Foran said sustainability is now the “biggest issue” facing the airline’s future, and requires an increased focus from a leader who will be a passionate public advocate for the changes all stakeholders need to make to deliver real change.
“As we rebuild Air New Zealand, we need to advance the extensive work already undertaken to become a truly sustainable airline,” Foran said.
“Kiri’s experience in driving change across the supply chain, engaging customers via tangible measures such as removing plastic bags from stores and diverting food waste from landfill will help our efforts move to a new level,” he added.
Late last year, the carrier sought help from entrepreneurs to help achieve its goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, flagging zero emissions aircraft within five years (TD 21 Dec 2021).
Hannifin will start in her new role at Air NZ from 05 Dec.