Our 5-step pathway provides tailored tools and resources to help commercial bakeries lower their emissions and unlock business benefits.


All commercial bakeries in New Zealand can access this pathway for free.

Your decarbonisation journey starts here

Welcome to the Commercial Baking Decarbonisation Pathway. It provides tailored tools and resources to help bakeries lower your carbon emissions.

Go to our tools and resources page to start your journey now.

The climate impact of the commercial baking sector

The commercial baking sector is made up of approximately 7 medium to large sized bakeries across the country.

Energy emissions across the sector are estimated at more than 30,000T CO2e per year, which is equivalent to the annual emissions of 11 thousand cars.  

Use of natural gas

The sector uses high amounts of natural gas across a range of areas in the baking process – primarily for direct-fire ovens. Gas is also used to fuel boilers to produce steam for processes such as proofing, or for heating water for the cleaning and sterilisation of equipment, such as crates and mixers.

This pathway focuses on reducing energy-related carbon emissions from commercial baking, which ultimately means reducing the use of fossil fuels across the baking process.

The business good of decarbonisation

Switching away from fossil fuels can have many benefits for business, beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Cost savings – reduce operating costs through energy efficiency and fuel switching.
  • Social license – improve your reputation with socially responsible consumers and investors.
  • Brand value – tap into new markets, spark innovation and create business opportunities.
  • Employee engagement – attract and retain talent.
  • Compliance – stay ahead of regulation for climate change mitigation.

The sooner the switch, the greater the reward

The earlier businesses make changes, the faster potential cost-savings can be unlocked. By switching to low-emissions solutions soon, you can protect your business from potential fossil fuel supply and cost uncertainty. In addition, by acting quickly, businesses may be able to get ahead of the pack for popular technologies – particularly if there is competition for limited resources.

Get started

Ready to begin? Explore our resources for commercial bakeries and start your decarbonisation journey.