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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.

DETA Webinar Series – Framing up the 2050 Carbon Pathway

1 Apr 2020 | DETA Consulting

DETA's Decarbonisation Webinar Series offers insight into carbon reductions across a range of sectors. This first webinar provides a wide overview, and more sector-specific sessions can be found on DETA Consulting's website.

DETA's Decarbonisation Webinar Series offers insight into carbon reductions across a range of sectors. This first webinar provides a wide overview, and more sector-specific sessions can be found on DETA Consulting's website.

Consultation confirms action on climate change is a critical issue for Tāmaki Makaurau

12 Mar 2020 | EECA

Auckland Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee today voted unanimously to endorse, in principle, changes to the region’s response to climate change based on feedback from Aucklanders. A key change is a focus on three key elements to progress climate action -an overarching Tāmaki response and two core drivers for climate action- reducing our emissions and preparing for change.

Auckland Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee today voted unanimously to endorse, in principle, changes to the region’s response to climate change based on feedback from Aucklanders. A key change is a focus on three key elements to progress climate action -an overarching Tāmaki response and two core drivers for climate action- reducing our emissions and preparing for change.

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.

EV ‘Shout Outs’ popular

2 Mar 2020 | EECA

New Zealand businesses have rushed to have their EV efforts profiled via the Gen Less EV Shout Outs initiative, which champions the use of EVs in business. Businesses already own 23% of the nearly 20,000 registered EVs in New Zealand, and buy most of the new EVs. So Gen Less launched EV Shout Outs, featured in EVtalk, to give organisations across the country an opportunity to ‘shout out’ about their EVs use online and on billboards across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

New Zealand businesses have rushed to have their EV efforts profiled via the Gen Less EV Shout Outs initiative, which champions the use of EVs in business. Businesses already own 23% of the nearly 20,000 registered EVs in New Zealand, and buy most of the new EVs. So Gen Less launched EV Shout Outs, featured in EVtalk, to give organisations across the country an opportunity to ‘shout out’ about their EVs use online and on billboards across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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.

How do you run a sustainable and carbon zero corporation?

11 Feb 2020 | The Warehouse Group

Is it possible for a company to be a large, national corporation and carbon neutral at the same time? The Warehouse Group is marking its first year as a carboNZero business, and says it's about time other companies joined the movement. The Chief Sustainability Officer, David Benattar spoke to The AM Show.

Is it possible for a company to be a large, national corporation and carbon neutral at the same time? The Warehouse Group is marking its first year as a carboNZero business, and says it's about time other companies joined the movement. The Chief Sustainability Officer, David Benattar spoke to The AM Show.

'EV Shout Outs' to feature firms' EV use

11 Feb 2020 | EECA

Businesses across the country are invited to ‘shout out’ about their EV use, in a bid to encourage more organisations to switch their fleets. The newly launched EV Shout Outs is the latest project from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) Gen Less platform and celebrates businesses talking about their EV use on social media by giving them shout outs on prominent digital billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and online.

Businesses across the country are invited to ‘shout out’ about their EV use, in a bid to encourage more organisations to switch their fleets. The newly launched EV Shout Outs is the latest project from the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) Gen Less platform and celebrates businesses talking about their EV use on social media by giving them shout outs on prominent digital billboards in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, and online.

Warehouse Group takes a hardline on carbon-heavy suppliers

7 Feb 2020 | The Warehouse Group

The country's largest retailer says it is "absolutely" prepared to drop suppliers if they don't cut back on their carbon emissions. It is nearly a year since The Warehouse Group went "carbon neutral" – that is, it has completely offset its carbon footprint by cutting back on its own emissions, tree planting and buying carbon credits. In the last year, the company has managed to reduce its overall emissions by 4 per cent.

The country's largest retailer says it is "absolutely" prepared to drop suppliers if they don't cut back on their carbon emissions. It is nearly a year since The Warehouse Group went "carbon neutral" – that is, it has completely offset its carbon footprint by cutting back on its own emissions, tree planting and buying carbon credits. In the last year, the company has managed to reduce its overall emissions by 4 per cent.