The Climate Leaders Coalition was launched in July 2018 to promote business leadership and collective action on the issue of climate change.
On a mission to reduce emissions in Aotearoa, 117 Chief Executives have so far signed the original joint statement, which commits their organisations to take voluntary action on climate change.
This includes measuring and publicly reporting their greenhouse gas emissions, setting a public emissions reduction target, and working with suppliers to reduce their emissions.
The second part of the statement sees Coalition members support the Paris Agreement and New Zealand’s commitment to it, the introduction of a Climate Commission and carbon budgets enshrined in law.
In July 2019 to mark its first anniversary, the Coalition launched a second higher ambition pledge. The new pledge reflects the latest science that illustrates the need to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees and aligns with the Government’s ambitions in the Zero Carbon Bill. The new pledge shows the Coalition is ambitious about reducing emissions with the intention of educating its people, suppliers, customers and the wider public along the way. The Coalition hopes to transition new and existing signatories to this more ambitious pledge over time.
The Coalition's goal is to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and, in doing so, create a positive future for New Zealanders, business, and the economy.
The Coalition also represents a unique opportunity for businesses to work together and learn from each other to reduce their emissions.
Organisations from all sectors of the economy are represented in the Coalition and together the signatories make up 60% of New Zealand's gross emissions.
The Coalition demonstrates the significant leadership direction being taken by businesses on the issue of climate change. Now, the CEOs involved are calling for other leaders to join them.