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100% renewable energy goals within reach for New Zealand businesses

31 Aug 2020 |

New Zealand companies aiming for 100% renewable energy can now use energy certificates to achieve their ambitions. The global RE100 initiative now recognises the New Zealand Energy Certificate System (NZECS), meaning that New Zealand businesses can purchase energy certificates to meet their RE100 commitment of sourcing 100% renewable electricity. Suncorp New Zealand is one New Zealand business that has adopted a Certified Renewable Energy product through Meridian Energy.

New Zealand companies aiming for 100% renewable energy can now use energy certificates to achieve their ambitions. The global RE100 initiative now recognises the New Zealand Energy Certificate System (NZECS), meaning that New Zealand businesses can purchase energy certificates to meet their RE100 commitment of sourcing 100% renewable electricity. Suncorp New Zealand is one New Zealand business that has adopted a Certified Renewable Energy product through Meridian Energy.

Innovation-led LIC Launches ‘Ag-celerator’ Investment Fund

27 Aug 2020 |

Leading agritech and herd improvement cooperative LIC has launched a new fund to support innovations with the potential to positively impact New Zealands valuable dairy sector. LIC has launched an early-stage investment fund, named the LIC AgCelerator

Leading agritech and herd improvement cooperative LIC has launched a new fund to support innovations with the potential to positively impact New Zealands valuable dairy sector. LIC has launched an early-stage investment fund, named the LIC AgCelerator

$3.2m EECA funding for 24 e-mobility projects

25 Aug 2020 |

Electric truck, bus and bike projects are sharing in a $3.2 million government funding allocation. The eighth round of the low emission vehicles contestable fund has been announced by energy and resources minister Dr Megan Woods with 24 successful applicants. Recipients contribute a total $5m themselves under the fund administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Electric truck, bus and bike projects are sharing in a $3.2 million government funding allocation. The eighth round of the low emission vehicles contestable fund has been announced by energy and resources minister Dr Megan Woods with 24 successful applicants. Recipients contribute a total $5m themselves under the fund administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Climate change needs Covid-level urgency from politicians

24 Aug 2020 |

Z Energy chief executive, and CLC convenor, Mike Bennetts – the first guest on Stuff’s One Hot Minute video and podcast series – sets a challenge for the next Government. It was part of the company’s move to renewable energy and to reduce emissions as it worked towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Z Energy chief executive, and CLC convenor, Mike Bennetts – the first guest on Stuff’s One Hot Minute video and podcast series – sets a challenge for the next Government. It was part of the company’s move to renewable energy and to reduce emissions as it worked towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Clemenger Group NZ take environmental action

24 Aug 2020 |

Clemenger Group New Zealand, which includes Colenso BBDO and Porter Novelli, has been award a Toitū carbonreduce certification, awarded to those making a viable effort to reduce their carbon footprint. The group went under an evaluation which showed where it sat in terms of its footprint, and provided active measures the group could take to reduce it. Jim Gall, CEO, says this is the next best step to ensure they have not only their clients needs in mind, but the country’s as well.

Clemenger Group New Zealand, which includes Colenso BBDO and Porter Novelli, has been award a Toitū carbonreduce certification, awarded to those making a viable effort to reduce their carbon footprint. The group went under an evaluation which showed where it sat in terms of its footprint, and provided active measures the group could take to reduce it. Jim Gall, CEO, says this is the next best step to ensure they have not only their clients needs in mind, but the country’s as well.

Industrial buildings worth billions could become stranded assets, warns new report

10 Aug 2020 |

Billions of dollars of industrial buildings face becoming ‘stranded assets’ warns a new report by the Australian and New Zealand Green Building Councils today. Green Star in focus: The case for sustainable industrial buildings warns of the increasing risk of significant industrial assets becoming stranded if they can’t show that they are low or zero carbon. The report finds that new Green Star certified industrial buildings produce 66% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard buildings and shows that a minimal 2% upfront cost to support green design can result, on average, in lifecycle savings of 20% of total construction costs. The report underscores that the technology, design, materials and expertise are available now to build more sustainable buildings which will meet investors’ growing demand for future-proofed investments that uphold environmental and social governance principles.

Billions of dollars of industrial buildings face becoming ‘stranded assets’ warns a new report by the Australian and New Zealand Green Building Councils today. Green Star in focus: The case for sustainable industrial buildings warns of the increasing risk of significant industrial assets becoming stranded if they can’t show that they are low or zero carbon. The report finds that new Green Star certified industrial buildings produce 66% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than standard buildings and shows that a minimal 2% upfront cost to support green design can result, on average, in lifecycle savings of 20% of total construction costs. The report underscores that the technology, design, materials and expertise are available now to build more sustainable buildings which will meet investors’ growing demand for future-proofed investments that uphold environmental and social governance principles.

Fonterra's first wood pellet-fuelled plant will fire up in September

9 Aug 2020 |

Fonterra is one step away from pushing the go button on its first factory to convert from coal to wood pellet energy. The dairy company’s Te Awamutu plant in the Waikato is putting the finishing touches on the $11 million power source conversion which could be used as a blueprint for its other factories around the country. It was part of the company’s move to renewable energy and to reduce emissions as it worked towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Fonterra is one step away from pushing the go button on its first factory to convert from coal to wood pellet energy. The dairy company’s Te Awamutu plant in the Waikato is putting the finishing touches on the $11 million power source conversion which could be used as a blueprint for its other factories around the country. It was part of the company’s move to renewable energy and to reduce emissions as it worked towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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.

Kiwis happier with Government's response to climate change - poll

28 Jul 2020 | IAG

New Zealanders are more satisfied with the Government’s efforts to combat climate change than they were a year ago. But fewer than half rate the effort as good, according to the latest Ipsos poll for insurer IAG. 46 per cent think the Government’s actions in response to climate change are good, up from 35 per cent last year. Only one in five rated the Government’s response as poor, down from 28 per cent last year – an overall improvement in the Government’s standing.

New Zealanders are more satisfied with the Government’s efforts to combat climate change than they were a year ago. But fewer than half rate the effort as good, according to the latest Ipsos poll for insurer IAG. 46 per cent think the Government’s actions in response to climate change are good, up from 35 per cent last year. Only one in five rated the Government’s response as poor, down from 28 per cent last year – an overall improvement in the Government’s standing.

Brewing beer without fossil fuels

28 Jul 2020 | DB Breweries

The brewery behind Heineken, Monteith’s and Tui has big plans to cut its carbon footprint. Between the arrival of the ingredients and the departure of the product, each litre of beer or cider produces the equivalent of 0.076 kilograms of carbon dioxide. By the end of the decade, DB Breweries wants to slash that figure in half. All up, the brewer’s processes emitted 8,149 tonnes of carbon dioxide last year, according to its just-released sustainability report – roughly what’s produced when 1045 passengers fly return from Auckland to Heathrow. Compared with 2018, the company shaved 1,032 tonnes (or 11 per cent) off its production footprint.

The brewery behind Heineken, Monteith’s and Tui has big plans to cut its carbon footprint. Between the arrival of the ingredients and the departure of the product, each litre of beer or cider produces the equivalent of 0.076 kilograms of carbon dioxide. By the end of the decade, DB Breweries wants to slash that figure in half. All up, the brewer’s processes emitted 8,149 tonnes of carbon dioxide last year, according to its just-released sustainability report – roughly what’s produced when 1045 passengers fly return from Auckland to Heathrow. Compared with 2018, the company shaved 1,032 tonnes (or 11 per cent) off its production footprint.