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Emission reductions must be New Zealand’s priority and renewable electricity is the key

27 Mar 2019 | Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy’s Chief Executive Neal Barclay says that reducing gross fossil fuels must be the absolute priority for all New Zealand businesses. This is Meridian’s response to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) report ‘Farms, Forests and fossil fuels: The next great landscape transformation’. “We agree that we must take action now with emissions reduction as the priority. Renewable electricity will provide the solution and this is staring us in the face,” says Neal.

Meridian Energy’s Chief Executive Neal Barclay says that reducing gross fossil fuels must be the absolute priority for all New Zealand businesses. This is Meridian’s response to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) report ‘Farms, Forests and fossil fuels: The next great landscape transformation’. “We agree that we must take action now with emissions reduction as the priority. Renewable electricity will provide the solution and this is staring us in the face,” says Neal.

Synlait opens NZ's first large scale electrode boiler

26 Mar 2019 | Synlait

Synlait announced today New Zealand’s first large-scale electrode boiler, located at its Dunsandel site in Canterbury, is fully commissioned and has been operational for the last two months. “This is an exciting moment for Synlait. It’s a significant milestone in terms of reducing our energy footprint as part of our sustainability commitments,” says Synlait’s CEO, Leon Clement.

Synlait announced today New Zealand’s first large-scale electrode boiler, located at its Dunsandel site in Canterbury, is fully commissioned and has been operational for the last two months. “This is an exciting moment for Synlait. It’s a significant milestone in terms of reducing our energy footprint as part of our sustainability commitments,” says Synlait’s CEO, Leon Clement.

Opinion - Transport businesses must be ready to adapt

25 Mar 2019 | Transport Talk

Anyone who attended last year’s RTF Conference will recall Cameron Bagrie’s stark warning about the plethora of disruptive influences that are going to have an impact on New Zealand businesses in the coming years.

Anyone who attended last year’s RTF Conference will recall Cameron Bagrie’s stark warning about the plethora of disruptive influences that are going to have an impact on New Zealand businesses in the coming years.

Kiwirail graduate joins the fight against climate change

24 Mar 2019 | Stuff

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Malia Vehikite is young, female, and making a name for herself in the energy sector. Vehikite is working hard to help her organisation reduce energy waste and significant carbon emissions in the Strategy and Sustainability team at KiwiRail, as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's (EECA) graduate programme.

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Malia Vehikite is young, female, and making a name for herself in the energy sector. Vehikite is working hard to help her organisation reduce energy waste and significant carbon emissions in the Strategy and Sustainability team at KiwiRail, as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority's (EECA) graduate programme.

Extreme heat, disease and rising seas: how climate change threatens Auckland

21 Mar 2019 | NZ Herald

Aucklanders could be suffering an equivalent of three months of extra-hot days within only a century's time - with residents in southern and western suburbs likely to be hit the hardest. A sweeping, first-of-its-kind assessment, released during a three-day city symposium this week, has laid bare Auckland's possible future under climate change.

Aucklanders could be suffering an equivalent of three months of extra-hot days within only a century's time - with residents in southern and western suburbs likely to be hit the hardest. A sweeping, first-of-its-kind assessment, released during a three-day city symposium this week, has laid bare Auckland's possible future under climate change.

Spark moving to plug in hybrid EVs (story on page 20)

18 Mar 2019 | EV Talk

Digital services provider Spark is introducing Mini Countryman plugin hybrids (PHEVs) to its vehicle fleets – probably the first in Australasia to do so in bulk. The first 30 are due towards the end of March, with a further 40 also ordered, then another 60 or 80 leased PHEVs could be added depending upon demand. It’s part of the company’s EV strategy co-ordinated by Marc Solomon, Spark’s sourcing business partner in charge of fleets.

Digital services provider Spark is introducing Mini Countryman plugin hybrids (PHEVs) to its vehicle fleets – probably the first in Australasia to do so in bulk. The first 30 are due towards the end of March, with a further 40 also ordered, then another 60 or 80 leased PHEVs could be added depending upon demand. It’s part of the company’s EV strategy co-ordinated by Marc Solomon, Spark’s sourcing business partner in charge of fleets.

Big business sets up decarbonisation funds

18 Mar 2019 | Stuff

Big corporates are lining up to prove their carbon credentials, responding to a huge shift in public, and political opinion. The Warehouse has gone carbon neutral by buying carbon credits and planting native trees to "offset" the carbon it emits selling us stuff. Air New Zealand has signed up to the Dryland Carbon partnership with Genesis Energy and Z Energy to plant mainly "exotic" trees like radiata pine to offset emissions.

Big corporates are lining up to prove their carbon credentials, responding to a huge shift in public, and political opinion. The Warehouse has gone carbon neutral by buying carbon credits and planting native trees to "offset" the carbon it emits selling us stuff. Air New Zealand has signed up to the Dryland Carbon partnership with Genesis Energy and Z Energy to plant mainly "exotic" trees like radiata pine to offset emissions.

Ricoh joins the Climate Leaders Coalition

18 Mar 2019 | Ricoh

Ricoh has become the 81st signatory of the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC). The company joins a group of New Zealand businesses who, collectively, represent more than half of New Zealand’s gross emissions, at least a quarter of private sector GDP and employ more than 150,000 New Zealanders. CLC members are committed to measuring and reporting their GHG emissions, setting targets and working with suppliers to reduce those emissions, to help keep global warming within 1.5 degrees.

Ricoh has become the 81st signatory of the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC). The company joins a group of New Zealand businesses who, collectively, represent more than half of New Zealand’s gross emissions, at least a quarter of private sector GDP and employ more than 150,000 New Zealanders. CLC members are committed to measuring and reporting their GHG emissions, setting targets and working with suppliers to reduce those emissions, to help keep global warming within 1.5 degrees.

New frontier for businesses committed to climate change action

18 Mar 2019 | Our Auckland

New Zealand’s work to reduce carbon emissions crossed a new frontier last night with the launch of our first-ever gamified carbon calculator – FutureFit. FutureFit for business is a new sustainability tool with a staff-engagement twist. The aim is to empower staff to reduce their carbon footprints.

New Zealand’s work to reduce carbon emissions crossed a new frontier last night with the launch of our first-ever gamified carbon calculator – FutureFit. FutureFit for business is a new sustainability tool with a staff-engagement twist. The aim is to empower staff to reduce their carbon footprints.