AIAL shareholders: Vote to clean up your company’s act
Greenpeace is asking AIAL shareholders for their proxy votes to support a resolution to get the company to clean up its act and close its dirty incinerator.
To explain the options for shareholders, Greenpeace has released a report, Options for Quarantine Waste Treatment at Auckland International Airport, which outlines the benefits for Auckland International Airport Ltd switching from incineration to clean technology for its quarantine waste business.
The report explains the financial, legal, social and environmental implications of the company’s quarantine waste investment decision.
“Auckland International Airport is the gateway to New Zealand. As such it has an obligation to the country and its shareholders to invest in clean technology. Incineration is yesterday’s technology,” said Sue Connor, Greenpeace toxics campaigner.
“A responsible business would be looking ahead and
switching to steam sterilisation, as has occurred in
Wellington.” Greenpeace has purchased a small number of
shares in the company, in order to submit its resolution to
the company’s annual general meeting, to be held this
November 18. The submission, which Greenpeace has asked
other shareholders to support through proxy votes, says:
That the company (AIAL) commit to cease incineration of all
quarantine waste within 12 months and change to steam
sterilisation. “There is little if any material difference
between an incinerator upgrade and installing steam
sterilisation units. But potential future legal liabilities
could add up for AIAL if incineration continues to be the
chosen technology,” Connor says. “The Auckland airport
incinerator emits dioxins, some of the most deadly
chemicals known to science, and has been breaching its
resource consent for two years.” Copies of the report are
available free from Suzette Jackson at Greenpeace tel (09)
630 6317 ext. 849 or by accessing