Case Studies

Taking action on climate change: Make faster progress on your commitments by learning from other Coalition signatories.

The power of consumer choice: Meridian Energy case study

16 Sep 2020 |

What do craft beer, chardonnay, insurance, and breathing masks have in common? Every time you buy them, you are supporting 100% renewable energy. Meridian Energy offers New Zealand businesses a new product for them to show their support for 100% renewable energy, and reduce their Scope 2 emissions at the same time. The product is enabled by the New Zealand Energy Certificate System (NZECS), administered by Certified Energy.

National climate change risk assessment for New Zealand

3 Aug 2020 |

This report presents the findings of New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA). The risk assessment gives a national picture of how New Zealand may be affected by climate change-related hazards. It: identifies the most significant risks and opportunities for New Zealand highlights gaps in the information and data needed to properly assess and manage the risks and opportunities. The risk assessment identifies 43 priority risks across five value domains (natural environment, human, economy, built environment and governance) and highlights 10 risks considered to be the most significant. These are risks from that need to be addressed most urgently. The risk assessment will enable the Government to prioritise action, including through a national adaptation plan. The risk assessment will enable the Government to prioritise action, including through a national adaptation plan which will be developed over the next two years. Further detail on the risk assessment's findings are provided in the technical report, and the method report provides more information on the methodology used. There is also a Snapshot which summarises the main report. See links below.

IAG Climate Change Survey 2020

28 Jul 2020 | IAG

New Zealand on the right track to battle climate change, but COVID-19 stands in the way The third annual IAG New Zealand Ipsos Climate Change opinion poll has found that while New Zealanders are increasingly positive that the government and the country are on the right track to battle climate change, they are concerned the COVID-19 crisis will get in the way. The survey of 1,000 people, commissioned by IAG and conducted by Ipsos Ltd between 18 to 24 June 2020, found that New Zealanders think the Government is doing a better job in responding to climate change and the country is heading in the right direction, but that the response is not moving fast enough.

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.

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.

Asaleo Care case study: Chewing through your carbon emissions

2 Dec 2019 | Asaleo Care; Thinkstep; Westpac

How do you cut the carbon footprint of your products after they have left the factory? Asaleo Care discovered that consumer behaviour could make the biggest difference – with some assistance from a bucket of worms.

OCS (NZ) and Toitū Envirocare

2 Dec 2019 | OCS; Toitū Envirocare

OCS New Zealand is a major employer in the cleaning and facilities management industry, with significant partnerships in government, education and aviation. It has recently been awarded Carbonreduce certification by Toitū Envirocare – the first major company in its industry sector to gain the prestigious endorsement.

In Good Company - How New Zealanders assess the sustainability of brands

22 Nov 2019 | Porter Novelli; Sustainable Business Council; Perceptive

New Zealanders believe electricity retailers and supermarkets are doing the most to be more sustainable, however, they want brands in all industries to be more open and upfront about sustainability, and actively communicate it. The findings of the In Good Company report released today demonstrate that sustainability is not just something they care about when making a purchase, but it is contributing to how they choose what to buy.

FutureFit in Business

14 Nov 2019 | Auckland Council

To help corporates embed low carbon behaviour, we have gone one step further by developing FutureFit in business, a staff engagement tool for large New Zealand businesses. Particularly those who are signatories to the Climate Leaders Coalition and have made a public commitment to measure and reduce their emissions. FutureFit in business enables you to engage your employees to undertake low carbon behaviours. A comprehensive package assists with planning your launch and keeping staff engaged over time. The ability to create teams introduces a competitive edge, and a business-wide leader board lets staff to see how they are tracking within the organisation. Full details about the corporate offering can be found in the attached and at

Oji Fibre Solutions - Eliminating coal and reducing emissions - transforming the Tasman Mill

8 Nov 2019 | Oji Fibre Solutions

With backing from the Oji Group, Oji Fibre Solutions has invested more than $63 million to secure a sustainable future for the Tasman Mill.