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Briefing on Climate Action Priorities

21 Oct 2020 |

In a briefing released today, 150 business leaders are urging the incoming Government to work in partnership with business to build momentum towards achieving New Zealand’s zero carbon goal. The briefing, commissioned by the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC), represents the collective views of their members and signatories on climate action priorities.

Need For Community And Collaboration May Drive A Shift In Office Space Use Following Covid-19

21 Oct 2020 | Suncorp

A survey of employees at Suncorp New Zealand, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, has revealed that community and connection (79%) and collaboration and problem solving (66%) are the main drivers for employees wanting to return to the office at least part time following a period of working at home due to Covid-19.

A survey of employees at Suncorp New Zealand, one of the country’s largest insurance companies, has revealed that community and connection (79%) and collaboration and problem solving (66%) are the main drivers for employees wanting to return to the office at least part time following a period of working at home due to Covid-19.

Business leaders unite in support of climate action

13 Oct 2020 | Climate Leaders Coalition; Sustainable Business Council

Two climate-focused business groups, The CEO-led Climate Leaders' Coalition, and the Sustainable Business Council have got together to share resources, amplify their message and accelerate climate action. Kathryn Ryan talks to Mike Bennetts, Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition & CEO of Z Energy and Mike Burrell, Executive Director of the SBC about how it can be done without losing jobs. After the election, the combined group plans to present its prioritised recommendations to the next Government about policies on emissions and investments it would like to see.

Two climate-focused business groups, The CEO-led Climate Leaders' Coalition, and the Sustainable Business Council have got together to share resources, amplify their message and accelerate climate action. Kathryn Ryan talks to Mike Bennetts, Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition & CEO of Z Energy and Mike Burrell, Executive Director of the SBC about how it can be done without losing jobs. After the election, the combined group plans to present its prioritised recommendations to the next Government about policies on emissions and investments it would like to see.

Summerset – Toitū carbonzero Case Study

1 Oct 2020 |

The first retirement village operator to be Toitū carbonzero certified, Summerset's climate action story shows the organisation’s commitment to continually reducing their environmental impacts. he retirement village operator started its journey by committing to the Toitū carbonreduce certification programme in 2018. A Toitū carbonreduce certification means Summerset measured their emissions, set a reduction plan, and got third-party verified as per international best-practice. Though this was a great start, it was only the first step. The programme was a way for Summerset to start monitoring its emissions, increase efficiency and reduce operational costs. The certification process helped bring focus to key insights like emissions from the use of fertilisers, waste per person and business travel - all seen as opportunities to be more efficient. Summerset's sustainability initiatives quickly gained traction and the organisation decided to further bolster its commitment by offsetting their carbon emissions, gaining them the Toitū carbonzero certification.

The first retirement village operator to be Toitū carbonzero certified, Summerset's climate action story shows the organisation’s commitment to continually reducing their environmental impacts. he retirement village operator started its journey by committing to the Toitū carbonreduce certification programme in 2018. A Toitū carbonreduce certification means Summerset measured their emissions, set a reduction plan, and got third-party verified as per international best-practice. Though this was a great start, it was only the first step. The programme was a way for Summerset to start monitoring its emissions, increase efficiency and reduce operational costs. The certification process helped bring focus to key insights like emissions from the use of fertilisers, waste per person and business travel - all seen as opportunities to be more efficient. Summerset's sustainability initiatives quickly gained traction and the organisation decided to further bolster its commitment by offsetting their carbon emissions, gaining them the Toitū carbonzero certification.

CLC Strategy 2020-2025

24 Sep 2020 |

The Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC) was established in July 2018 to promote business leadership and collective action on the issue of climate change. Its strategy for 2020-2025 outlines the future direction of the organisation.

Business leaders join forces to ensure climate action stays top-of-agenda

24 Sep 2020 |

More than 150 New Zealand business leaders have joined forces to collaborate on a collective vision for a sustainable, zero carbon New Zealand. Leading business organisations, the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC), today launched their new strategies with a shared vision bringing more opportunities for them to partner on key climate action initiatives.

More than 150 New Zealand business leaders have joined forces to collaborate on a collective vision for a sustainable, zero carbon New Zealand. Leading business organisations, the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC), today launched their new strategies with a shared vision bringing more opportunities for them to partner on key climate action initiatives.

SBC Guest Blog: When is net-zero really net-zero?

24 Sep 2020 |

While the spotlight last week was on the climate change risk reporting announcement from the Government, there was another significant announcement that went overlooked in New Zealand, but will change how you set credible and meaningful net-zero targets. Barbara Nebel has the details. Even in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, the list of companies, investors, universities, and cities leading the Race to Zero continues to grow. For some, this translates to setting ambitious carbon reduction targets, while others opt for a net-zero target. But how can a net-zero claim based on offsets move the needle on climate change? What criteria does it have to meet?

While the spotlight last week was on the climate change risk reporting announcement from the Government, there was another significant announcement that went overlooked in New Zealand, but will change how you set credible and meaningful net-zero targets. Barbara Nebel has the details. Even in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, the list of companies, investors, universities, and cities leading the Race to Zero continues to grow. For some, this translates to setting ambitious carbon reduction targets, while others opt for a net-zero target. But how can a net-zero claim based on offsets move the needle on climate change? What criteria does it have to meet?

EECA energy end use database

17 Sep 2020 |

The updated Energy End Use Database estimates national energy consumption broken down by fuel type, sector, end use and technology. National data is available for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 calendar years. The database allows researchers, policy makers and the business sector to explore how energy is used by fuel type, sector, end use and technology. EECA has revised and improved data for a number of sectors in the database, including residential, and a range of industrial sectors.

The updated Energy End Use Database estimates national energy consumption broken down by fuel type, sector, end use and technology. National data is available for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 calendar years. The database allows researchers, policy makers and the business sector to explore how energy is used by fuel type, sector, end use and technology. EECA has revised and improved data for a number of sectors in the database, including residential, and a range of industrial sectors.

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.

Suncorp New Zealand a finalist for Sustainable Business Awards

10 Sep 2020 |

Suncorp New Zealand has been named as a finalist for the Sustainable Business Network’s Climate Action Leader Award for 2020, for its commitment to renewable energy generation and reducing emissions. The Sustainable Business Awards have been running for 18 years and recognise and celebrate success in sustainability. The Climate Action Leader award is presented to an organisation that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale with climate action. In 2020, Suncorp Group joined RE100, and made a commitment to use 100% renewable energy by 2025. In July Suncorp New Zealand joined Meridian Energy’s Certified Renewable Energy programme, which allowed the business to report near zero emissions for Scope 2* and reach its target five years early. “We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Climate Action Leader Award for our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and support sustainable energy generation in New Zealand,” said Suncorp New Zealand acting CEO Jimmy Higgins. “Sustainable growth and lowering our environmental impact reflects our values of a resilient community, and our vision to protect what matters to New Zealanders.”

Suncorp New Zealand has been named as a finalist for the Sustainable Business Network’s Climate Action Leader Award for 2020, for its commitment to renewable energy generation and reducing emissions. The Sustainable Business Awards have been running for 18 years and recognise and celebrate success in sustainability. The Climate Action Leader award is presented to an organisation that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale with climate action. In 2020, Suncorp Group joined RE100, and made a commitment to use 100% renewable energy by 2025. In July Suncorp New Zealand joined Meridian Energy’s Certified Renewable Energy programme, which allowed the business to report near zero emissions for Scope 2* and reach its target five years early. “We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Climate Action Leader Award for our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and support sustainable energy generation in New Zealand,” said Suncorp New Zealand acting CEO Jimmy Higgins. “Sustainable growth and lowering our environmental impact reflects our values of a resilient community, and our vision to protect what matters to New Zealanders.”