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Consultation confirms action on climate change is a critical issue for Tāmaki Makaurau

12 Mar 2020 | EECA

Auckland Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee today voted unanimously to endorse, in principle, changes to the region’s response to climate change based on feedback from Aucklanders. A key change is a focus on three key elements to progress climate action -an overarching Tāmaki response and two core drivers for climate action- reducing our emissions and preparing for change.

Auckland Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee today voted unanimously to endorse, in principle, changes to the region’s response to climate change based on feedback from Aucklanders. A key change is a focus on three key elements to progress climate action -an overarching Tāmaki response and two core drivers for climate action- reducing our emissions and preparing for change.

COP 25 Insights

3 Mar 2020 | The Warehouse Group; Climate Leaders Coalition

Last December The Warehouse Group attended the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid. This was at the invitation of Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, to be part of a New Zealand business delegation. COP is the yearly forum where governments, non-government organisations and businesses progress regulation and drive commitments to combat climate change. We were invited because of our sustainability leadership in New Zealand and to represent the Climate Leaders Coalition, which our group CEO Nick Grayston co-founded, and whose members collectively represent 30% of New Zealand’s GDP, and 60% of New Zealand’s GHG emissions. Both Nick Grayston and I attended COP25 to hear global perspectives on how businesses can address climate change, learn from best-in-class sustainability leaders, and take learnings back to our business and the New Zealand business community at large. As part of our trip we were given the opportunity to share what New Zealand and the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC) have done here already in the form of a panel discussion in the Blue Moana Pacific Pavilion, which hosted New Zealand and our pacific island neighbours. The panel was introduced by Hon James Shaw and with participation by David Tong from WWF New Zealand, Dr. Ann Smith from Toitu Envirocare, and moderated by Kera O’Regan from Käi Tahu. This paper is part of the process of sharing our learnings. We hope it inspires further climate action.

EV ‘Shout Outs’ popular

2 Mar 2020 | EECA

New Zealand businesses have rushed to have their EV efforts profiled via the Gen Less EV Shout Outs initiative, which champions the use of EVs in business. Businesses already own 23% of the nearly 20,000 registered EVs in New Zealand, and buy most of the new EVs. So Gen Less launched EV Shout Outs, featured in EVtalk, to give organisations across the country an opportunity to ‘shout out’ about their EVs use online and on billboards across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

New Zealand businesses have rushed to have their EV efforts profiled via the Gen Less EV Shout Outs initiative, which champions the use of EVs in business. Businesses already own 23% of the nearly 20,000 registered EVs in New Zealand, and buy most of the new EVs. So Gen Less launched EV Shout Outs, featured in EVtalk, to give organisations across the country an opportunity to ‘shout out’ about their EVs use online and on billboards across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Sustainable Business Council and Colmar Brunton Better Futures Presentation 2020

12 Feb 2020 | Sustainable Business Council; Colmar Brunton

The Colmar Brunton and Sustainable Business Council Better Futures Report provides key insights into consumer perspectives on sustainability and the social and environmental issues that are important to Kiwis. It also looks into how this has changed over time.

'EV Shout Outs' to feature firms' EV use

11 Feb 2020 | EECA

Businesses across the country are invited to ‘shout out’ about their EV use, in a bid to encourage more organisations to switch their fleets. The newly launched EV Shout Outs is the latest project from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) Gen Less platform and celebrates businesses talking about their EV use on social media by giving them shout outs on prominent digital billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and online.

Businesses across the country are invited to ‘shout out’ about their EV use, in a bid to encourage more organisations to switch their fleets. The newly launched EV Shout Outs is the latest project from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) Gen Less platform and celebrates businesses talking about their EV use on social media by giving them shout outs on prominent digital billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and online.

How do you run a sustainable and carbon zero corporation?

11 Feb 2020 | The Warehouse Group

Is it possible for a company to be a large, national corporation and carbon neutral at the same time? The Warehouse Group is marking its first year as a carboNZero business, and says it's about time other companies joined the movement. The Chief Sustainability Officer, David Benattar spoke to The AM Show.

Is it possible for a company to be a large, national corporation and carbon neutral at the same time? The Warehouse Group is marking its first year as a carboNZero business, and says it's about time other companies joined the movement. The Chief Sustainability Officer, David Benattar spoke to The AM Show.

Warehouse Group takes a hardline on carbon-heavy suppliers

7 Feb 2020 | The Warehouse Group

The country's largest retailer says it is "absolutely" prepared to drop suppliers if they don't cut back on their carbon emissions. It is nearly a year since The Warehouse Group went "carbon neutral" – that is, it has completely offset its carbon footprint by cutting back on its own emissions, tree planting and buying carbon credits. In the last year, the company has managed to reduce its overall emissions by 4 per cent.

The country's largest retailer says it is "absolutely" prepared to drop suppliers if they don't cut back on their carbon emissions. It is nearly a year since The Warehouse Group went "carbon neutral" – that is, it has completely offset its carbon footprint by cutting back on its own emissions, tree planting and buying carbon credits. In the last year, the company has managed to reduce its overall emissions by 4 per cent.

Foodstuffs building country's largest solar panel roof

27 Jan 2020 | Foodstuffs

Foodstuffs is building the country's largest solar panel farm to power its new North Island distribution centre. The distribution centre, which will serve all Pak 'n Save, New World and Four Square supermarkets in the North Island, will include the equivalent of 14 netball courts of solar panels. The building is currently under construction near Auckland International Airport.

Foodstuffs is building the country's largest solar panel farm to power its new North Island distribution centre. The distribution centre, which will serve all Pak 'n Save, New World and Four Square supermarkets in the North Island, will include the equivalent of 14 netball courts of solar panels. The building is currently under construction near Auckland International Airport.

Westpac NZ and Contact Energy agree first sustainability-linked loan

16 Jan 2020 | Westpac NZ & Contact Energy

Westpac NZ and Contact Energy have entered into a $50 million, four-year sustainability-linked loan facility, the first such loan issued by Westpac NZ and one of the first of its kind in New Zealand. Contact Energy will receive a discounted interest rate on the sustainability-linked loan if it meets ambitious targets linked to its environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating determined by the independent ratings agency RobecoSAM. Conversely, Contact will pay higher interest costs if it doesn’t meet the rating targets agreed with Westpac.

Westpac NZ and Contact Energy have entered into a $50 million, four-year sustainability-linked loan facility, the first such loan issued by Westpac NZ and one of the first of its kind in New Zealand. Contact Energy will receive a discounted interest rate on the sustainability-linked loan if it meets ambitious targets linked to its environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating determined by the independent ratings agency RobecoSAM. Conversely, Contact will pay higher interest costs if it doesn’t meet the rating targets agreed with Westpac.

Blue skies thinking needed for low carbon tourism in NZ

18 Dec 2019 | Thinkstep

Creative solutions will be needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the New Zealand tourism sector by 2050, says thinkstep-anz following a comprehensive study done for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Tourism was responsible for 9% of New Zealand’s national emissions in 2017, and we outsource a further 6% of our domestic emissions to the world through the international flights taken to get here and in the production of the goods and services that tourists purchase while in New Zealand.

Creative solutions will be needed to reduce the carbon footprint of the New Zealand tourism sector by 2050, says thinkstep-anz following a comprehensive study done for the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. Tourism was responsible for 9% of New Zealand’s national emissions in 2017, and we outsource a further 6% of our domestic emissions to the world through the international flights taken to get here and in the production of the goods and services that tourists purchase while in New Zealand.