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When the rubber hits the road for emissions

8 Jul 2020 | Countdown; EECA; Fonterra; Lyttelton Port Company; New Zealand Post; Ports of Auckland; The Warehouse Group; TIL; TOLL; Z Energy

When the rubber hits the road, will we be on track for smooth sailing? That’s the question a group of heavy transport companies are currently asking themselves. As part of an SBC collaboration, they’ve set an incredibly ambitious objective to develop a low emissions pathway that will halve emissions from the domestic freight sector by 2030, and be net zero by 2050.

When the rubber hits the road, will we be on track for smooth sailing? That’s the question a group of heavy transport companies are currently asking themselves. As part of an SBC collaboration, they’ve set an incredibly ambitious objective to develop a low emissions pathway that will halve emissions from the domestic freight sector by 2030, and be net zero by 2050.

One day a week at the home office can save the country 84,000 tonnes of carbon

2 Jul 2020 | EECA

If one in five Kiwis opt to work from home once a week, we’d prevent 84,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to taking 35,000 cars off the road, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). The country could also cut our transport emissions by another 65,000 tonnes if business travellers flying between Auckland and Wellington chose to swap their meeting for a Zoom, Google or Teams video chat, the authority calculated.

If one in five Kiwis opt to work from home once a week, we’d prevent 84,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to taking 35,000 cars off the road, according to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). The country could also cut our transport emissions by another 65,000 tonnes if business travellers flying between Auckland and Wellington chose to swap their meeting for a Zoom, Google or Teams video chat, the authority calculated.

Guide: Carbon Roadmap to 2050

2 Jul 2020 | DETA Consulting

Understand what strategies you can put in place now to ensure your business is still providing value to stakeholders in 2030 and beyond. Click the link to head to DETA Consulting's website and download its carbon roadmap guide.

Understand what strategies you can put in place now to ensure your business is still providing value to stakeholders in 2030 and beyond. Click the link to head to DETA Consulting's website and download its carbon roadmap guide.

The Forever Project explores NZ’s ‘Green Rebound’ post Covid-19

26 Jun 2020 | Stuff

Life in lockdown prompted many of us to consider what’s really essential in our lives; which adaptations we might keep, and what we can do without. Stuff’s second issue of The Forever Project magazine – out today – explores how New Zealand can bounce back from Covid-19 in a climate-friendly way. The Forever Project is the new home for New Zealand’s most ambitious environmental reporting and climate coverage. It includes daily reporting across all of Stuff’s platforms, as well as the carbon-neutral, quarterly print publication.

Life in lockdown prompted many of us to consider what’s really essential in our lives; which adaptations we might keep, and what we can do without. Stuff’s second issue of The Forever Project magazine – out today – explores how New Zealand can bounce back from Covid-19 in a climate-friendly way. The Forever Project is the new home for New Zealand’s most ambitious environmental reporting and climate coverage. It includes daily reporting across all of Stuff’s platforms, as well as the carbon-neutral, quarterly print publication.

Pilot trial to identify possibility of lower-methane emitting cows gets underway

9 Jun 2020 | LIC

A pilot trial seeking to identify a possible link between the methane cows produce and their genetics has got underway in the Waikato. The trial involving dairy breeding bulls is believed to be a world-first and is being run by Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and CRV which together sire 90% of the New Zealand dairy herd through their artificial breeding bulls. The project has received funding from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGGRC).

A pilot trial seeking to identify a possible link between the methane cows produce and their genetics has got underway in the Waikato. The trial involving dairy breeding bulls is believed to be a world-first and is being run by Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) and CRV which together sire 90% of the New Zealand dairy herd through their artificial breeding bulls. The project has received funding from the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGGRC).

Uniting business and governments to recover better

20 May 2020 | thinkstep-ANZ

thinkstep-anz together with 155 leading companies worldwide advocate for governments to prioritise climate action aligned with the Paris Agreement in their economic recovery plans. Released earlier today, the aptly named ‘Recover Better’ statement is organised by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition. It asks businesses and governments to pair their economic response to Covid-19 with ambitious climate action to recover better together.

thinkstep-anz together with 155 leading companies worldwide advocate for governments to prioritise climate action aligned with the Paris Agreement in their economic recovery plans. Released earlier today, the aptly named ‘Recover Better’ statement is organised by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition. It asks businesses and governments to pair their economic response to Covid-19 with ambitious climate action to recover better together.

ASB Officially Endorsed As Carbon Zero

18 May 2020 | ASB

ASB has achieved a major step towards its climate goals, by achieving carboNZero certification from Toitu Envirocare. The certification validates ASB's plan to reduce its carbon emissions in line with international targets.

ASB has achieved a major step towards its climate goals, by achieving carboNZero certification from Toitu Envirocare. The certification validates ASB's plan to reduce its carbon emissions in line with international targets.

Investing in a sustainable recovery

11 May 2020 | Sustainable Business Council

Future-focused, sustainable investment will get us out of the immediate crisis, and the one that follows, writes Mike Burrell of the NZ Sustainable Business Council

Future-focused, sustainable investment will get us out of the immediate crisis, and the one that follows, writes Mike Burrell of the NZ Sustainable Business Council

Coronavirus: Should you work from home after the Covid-19 pandemic to save the planet?

20 Apr 2020 | Sustainable Business Council

As of this month, much of the population is involved in a mass experiment in home working. Even employers – and employees – previously resistant to the idea have been forced to try it. As all non-essential workplaces are closed to prevent a widespread outbreak, employees' carbon emissions are plummeting.

As of this month, much of the population is involved in a mass experiment in home working. Even employers – and employees – previously resistant to the idea have been forced to try it. As all non-essential workplaces are closed to prevent a widespread outbreak, employees' carbon emissions are plummeting.

Coronavirus: Will lockdown air quality improvement inspire us to go greener?

3 Apr 2020 | Auckland Council

Sharp improvements in Auckland's air quality due to big cuts in traffic volumes under Covid-19 restrictions are being seen as a pointer to a need for new thinking on climate change initiatives. In some suburban areas, nitrogen oxide levels had fallen to almost zero in the first days of the coronavirus month-long lockdown. While no one is wishing a prolonging of the restrictions, the ability to turn off transport-generated greenhouse gases is intriguing.

Sharp improvements in Auckland's air quality due to big cuts in traffic volumes under Covid-19 restrictions are being seen as a pointer to a need for new thinking on climate change initiatives. In some suburban areas, nitrogen oxide levels had fallen to almost zero in the first days of the coronavirus month-long lockdown. While no one is wishing a prolonging of the restrictions, the ability to turn off transport-generated greenhouse gases is intriguing.