Silver Fern Farms

Silver Fern Farms is New Zealand’s leading processor and marketer of beef, lamb, mutton, venison and associated products to more than 60 countries.

It is owned in equal partnership by Shanghai Maling Aquarius Ltd and Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Limited.

The company’s vision: Inspirational Food Created by Passionate People.

The company operates processing facilities throughout the country, employing more than 7,000 staff.

Key markets in North America, China, the United Kingdom and Europe, Asia, the Middle East and New Zealand are supported through a network of international offices.

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Kiwi Property is tapping into sun-power with 672 solar panels at Northlands Mall

14 Jun 2019 | Stuff

Kiwi Property has flicked the switch on 672 solar panels at Northlands Mall in Christchurch as part of New Zealand's largest solar power programme. The leading property company is partnered with Meridian Energy to install almost 2500 rooftop solar panels on its shopping centres - in Christchurch at Northlands, at the Plaza in Palmerston North, The Base in Hamilton and Lynn Mall in Auckland.

Reflections from Al Gore's #climatereality training - Meridian Energy

13 Jun 2019 | Meridian Energy

Fresh from the three day Australian Climate Change Conference with Al Gore, Meridian CFO Mike Roan says it’s time to step up. “I like to think of myself as an eternal optimist. And, as a Dad, I’m conscious of the future our children will face from the actions (and inaction) my generation is responsible for. If there’s one thing I gained from this conference, it was the absolute clarity of what we must achieve – for our sake and for the sake of our planet. We are incredibly lucky to be at a juncture in time where we can make a difference.

The Warehouse Group - making good on our EV commitment

13 Jun 2019 | The Warehouse Group

The future of transportation has arrived at The Warehouse Group. Today, we’re excited to share that our commitment to transition 30% of our light vehicles fleet to Electric Vehicles (EV) by end of this year (as announced in 2016) is on track. To date, 60% of our cars have been ordered and allocated to us, which equates to 43 of the 70 total vehicles which will be replaced.

Contact invests in Simply Energy

12 Jun 2019 | Contact Energy

Contact Energy has invested in an innovative energy solutions company to help commercial and industrial customers reduce their carbon footprint and accelerate our strategy to decarbonise New Zealand’s energy system.

Top tips for Kiwis wanting to limit harm to the environment while on holiday

12 Jun 2019 | TVNZ

n the second of a 1 NEWS series on being a more sustainable consumer, Jenny Suo looks at how Kiwis are going about reducing their environmental impact while on holiday.

Toyota steps up EV plans

11 Jun 2019 | EV Talk

Toyota aims to accelerate its electrified vehicle plans by five years, now planning to have half its global sales comprising these by 2025 instead of 2030.

Auckland Council declares climate emergency

11 Jun 2019 | Our Auckland

“By unanimously voting to declare a climate emergency we are signalling the council’s intention to put climate change at the front and centre of our decision making,” says Mayor Phil Goff

Kiwirail - Collaborative approach to Regional Freight Hub

7 Jun 2019 | Kiwirail

Collaboration is key to the successful development of a new Regional Freight Hub near Palmerston North, KiwiRail Deputy Chief Executive Todd Moyle says. In November 2018, KiwiRail was awarded $40 million through the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund to design, designate and purchase land for the hub.

Unilever open letter - responsible engagement in climate policy

7 Jun 2019 | Unilever

An open letter from Unilever CEO Alan Jope to our trade associations and business groups Climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face, as a society and as a business. If we are to avoid the catastrophic consequences of global heating, urgent action is required to shift our economies onto a zero carbon pathway. Like many businesses, we are seeking to accelerate climate action within our own operations and within our wider value chain.

Auckland Transport - Free public transport to celebrate 100 million passenger trips milestone

6 Jun 2019 | Auckland Transport

Aucklanders have made 100 million trips in the past year, making this the biggest year for public transport in the city since 1951. Mayor Phil Goff says, “To mark the occasion, Auckland Transport has announced that on Sunday 23 June the public can travel free on buses, trains and most ferry services. It’s a gesture by AT to say thank you to Aucklanders and to encourage new commuters to try out public transport.” The Mayor says the switch to public transport is happening faster than was estimated, with the 100 million target being achieved months ahead of time.

Survey - how should Stuff cover climate change?

6 Jun 2019 | Stuff

Stuff launched Quick! Save the Planet in November 2018, with the goal of making climate change feel tangible, urgent and unignorable. Since then, we've greatly increased the quality and quantity of our climate crisis journalism. We're committed to ongoing coverage, and we want to make sure it's relevant and meaningful to New Zealanders. So, we're asking for your feedback on better climate change coverage. We'd be grateful if you'd answer a few questions in our survey to help guide our future coverage.

SKYCITY reveals first low carbon menu at the Sugar Club

5 Jun 2019 | SKYCITY

SKYCITY’s The Sugar Club is combining fine dining and climate change action with New Zealand’s first ever low carbon menu developed with Enviro-Mark Solutions.Expertly created by Executive Chef, Josh Barlow, in partnership with Enviro-Mark Solutions and WWF-New Zealand, the three-course menu has been measured and assessed as low carbon using only locally sourced ingredients. The low carbon menu will be revealed tonight at an exclusive event, in celebration of World Environment Day.

Fonterra - celebrated brothers turn their brains to dairy problems

30 May 2019 | Newsroom

Small fleets of robots cleaning up cow poop, fertiliser travelling at the speed of a jet plane, a computer-simulated rumen. Two eminent New Zealand scientists - who happen to be brothers - are applying their brains to finding high-tech solutions to farming pollution.

Two months to go - one day event to galvanise business action on climate change

24 May 2019 | Embark

The Sustainable Business Council together with the Climate Leaders Coalition, EECA, Ministry for the Environment, and WWF New Zealand invite you to a one-day event to empower business action on climate change. EMBARK is being held at SKYCITY Auckland on July 24 and is designed to help businesses learn practical ways to reduce their emissions.

Cost of cutting the footprint in dairy

24 May 2019 | NZ Farm Life Media

Onfarm greenhouse gas emissions represent the greatest proportion of dairy’s environmental footprint, Fonterra sustainable value manager Lara Phillips says. From a glass of milk, 90% of the emissions come from onfarm, 9% is from manufacturing and 1% of the footprint is from international distribution. While New Zealand dairy farmers have one of the lowest environmental footprints in the world, they can’t rest on their laurels, she says.

OCS NZ and Au releases Sustainability Report 2018

23 May 2019 | OCS

Every business – large or small – has the opportunity to make a positive difference when it comes to sustainability, says OCS ANZ Managing Director, Gareth Marriott. Mr Marriott made the comments with the release of the company’s first integrated sustainability review, covering both of its Australian and New Zealand operations.

What five NZ companies are doing to clean up with EV power

23 May 2019 | Stuff

Nearly a year ago, key New Zealand businesses formed the Climate Leaders Coalition - a group committed to measuring and reporting its greenhouse gas emissions and working towards keeping global warming within two degrees, as specified in the Paris Agreement. So far, 89 Kiwi CEOs have signed the Climate Change Statement. The companies collectively represent half of NZ's gross emissions, 25 per cent of private sector Gross Domestic Product and Employ over 130,000 people. Transport emissions are a key target for the Coalition, representing 18 per cent of NZ's emissions. Here are five ways member companies are greening their fleets.

Auckland Transport - transitioning buses from diesel to electric

22 May 2019 | Auckland Transport

This case study looks at the role Auckland Transport is playing in transitioning buses from diesel to zero emissions.

The story of a revolution: How public transport transformed Auckland

22 May 2019 | The Spinoff

Public transport in Auckland looks set to hit an all-time of 100 million passengers this year. Patrick Reynolds looks back at how we got here and what next to expect for the future of transport.

EVtalk checks out ‘AT Local’

22 May 2019 | EV Talk

An EV rideshare trial is about half way through its year’s “test and learn” on Auckland’s North Shore. So EVtalk’s Sophia Wang tried Auckland Transport’s AT Local service in the lower Devonport peninsula which aims to reduce congestion for those travelling to and from the area’s three ferry terminals.

Waste Management sets NZ sector benchmark for carbon reduction

22 May 2019 | Waste Management

Marking a first for the waste industry in New Zealand, Waste Management NZ has achieved independent certification for managing and reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Waste Management Managing Director, Tom Nickels, said today. The company has worked over two years to complete CEMARS® (Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme) certification, measuring all greenhouse gas emissions and joining 53 companies from other sectors in New Zealand who have taken this step.

Pukekohe's Wastewater Treatment Plant receives solar energy boost

20 May 2019 | Stuff

Franklin residents are one step closer to an eco-friendly flush with the addition of a new solar array at the Pukekohe Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Freightways case study - fewer, faster and bigger planes for greater sustainability

20 May 2019 | Freightways

By investing in a more modern and efficient air-fleet in collaboration with NZ Post, Freightways managed to reduce emissions by more than 20% for every item that travelled in the air.

Meridian - NZ's car 'mindset' needs change

20 May 2019 | NZ Herald

E-scooter system may provide a path to getting more electric vehicles on our roads. Within 10 years many Kiwis could be car-sharing in much the same way they do now with electric scooters and bikes. Nick Robilliard, property and procurement manager of Meridian Energy says he sees a shift coming in vehicle ownership, a model he believes will change significantly in the next 10 years.

3R - Zero Carbon Bill welcome news for Hawke's Bay

17 May 2019 | 3R

The release of the Zero Carbon Bill is welcome news, particularly in Hawke’s Bay where the effects of coastal erosion and weather events due to climate change are already being felt, says Hawke’s Bay sustainability expert and Chief Executive of 3R Group, Adele Rose.

DB Breweries case study - solar heating

16 May 2019 | DB Breweries

How DB Breweries harnesses the power of the Nelson sunshine to sterilise bottles at their Redwood Cidery.

thinkstep has science-based target approved

16 May 2019 | Thinkstep

At thinkstep it is in our DNA to enable organisations to succeed sustainably. This means that we cannot just advise other companies to do the right thing in sustainability; we strongly believe that we have to do our share. To ensure that our low-carbon transformation is aligned with climate science, we decided to do this with a target verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Our target was approved by SBTi in April 2019.

Ngāi Tahu share climate change ideas with UN Secretary-General

14 May 2019 | te ao Maori News

Ngāi Tahu hosted United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his last meeting in Aotearoa before he heads to the Pacific Islands for further UN discussions. The iwi will put forward what they're doing to combat climate change in the hope that ideas and initiatives may be taken up by the UN.

How Fonterra will deal with 'ambitious' emissions targets

10 May 2019 | NZ Herald

Fonterra supports the Government's intention to lower New Zealand's emissions says chief operating officer for NZMP, Kelvin Wickham. He told The Country Early Edition's Rowena Duncum, Fonterra believed it can work with the targets and still maintain a profitable business model.

Collaborative launched to boost regional innovation

10 May 2019 | Scoop

Microsoft, The Collaborative Studio, Massey University,Scion, Kordia and The Factory have today announced an initiative to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies and enable more collaborative innovation across New Zealand’s regions and primary industries.

Raising the bar on climate: how to create ambition loops

10 May 2019 | Unilever

No business or government is big enough to tackle climate change alone. But when companies and regulators work together and commit to clear, ambitious goals, then real change takes shape – and the good news is that we’re seeing it happen. This kind of collaboration is something we call an ambition loop, and at Unilever we believe it’s a vital way to accelerate progress towards a zero-carbon economy around the world.

CHEP New Zealand: a CEMARS case study

9 May 2019 | Enviro-Mark Solutions

CHEP’s service increases efficiency for its customers while reducing operating risk and product damage. Their focus on environmental sustainability led them to seek CEMARS® (Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme) certification from Enviro-Mark Solutions. Enviro-Mark Solutions and CHEP have worked together since 2012 to measure and formulate a programme to reduce CHEP’s carbon emissions; their goal was a 10% reduction in CHEP’s emissions intensity (the amount of carbon emissions by revenue) within five years.

WSP experts react to the Zero Carbon Bill

9 May 2019 | WSP Opus

WSP Opus experts across Environment, Power, Property and Buildings and Agriculture share the opportunities that the Zero Carbon Bill will bring to New Zealand.

Toyota NZ supports introduction of Zero Carbon Bill

8 May 2019 | Toyota New Zealand

Toyota New Zealand welcomed today’s introduction of the Zero Carbon Bill to Parliament as an urgently-needed piece of legislation to address climate change. As an original signatory to the Climate Leaders Coalition and long-time member of the Sustainable Business Council (SBC), Toyota NZ is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable business development.

Christchurch Airport supporting action on climate change

8 May 2019 | Christchurch Airport

Chief Executive Malcolm Johns says the airport company recognises the Paris agreement and supports establishing an independent Climate Change commission and targets enshrined in law.

KiwiRail ready to play part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

8 May 2019 | KiwiRail

KiwiRail has welcomed today’s Zero Carbon Bill announcement, and is ready to play its part in reducing New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. “As a company we are committed to helping New Zealand move to a low-emissions future and meet the reduction targets,” says Group Chief Executive Greg Miller.

New Zealand business leaders welcome Zero Carbon legislation  

8 May 2019 |

The Climate Leaders Coalition welcomes the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Bill announced today. Read more

Synlait supports Zero Carbon Bill

8 May 2019 | Synlait

Synlait (NZX: SML; ASX: SM1) applauds the government’s bold Zero Carbon Bill announcement today, including new methane targets. These targets are aligned with Synlait’s commitment to sustainability announced in June 2018. Synlait has committed to achieve on-farm reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 35% per kilogram of milk solids (kgMS) by 2028, including a reduction of methane by 30%.

Meridian Energy welcomes Zero Carbon Bill

8 May 2019 | Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy welcomes the introduction of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill to Parliament as a milestone step in New Zealand’s climate change leadership. Chief Executive Neal Barclay says the Bill will give business and industry the certainty they need to plan for the transition to net zero carbon emissions in New Zealand

IAG praises climate change adaptation milestone

8 May 2019 | IAG

New Zealand's leading general insurer, IAG, has praised the introduction of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill to Parliament today as a milestone, as the country grapples with the issue of adapting to the consequences of climate change.

Air New Zealand urges more passengers to offset travel

2 May 2019 | AirlineRatings

Air New Zealand is urging more passengers to join the war on climate change as its Fly Neutral voluntary carbon offset scheme passed the $NZ1 million milestone. The Kiwi carrier offsets staff travel and since late 2016 has allowed passengers to tick a box to offset the carbon emissions associated with their flight.

Increasing focus on low emission supply chains an opportunity

29 Apr 2019 | Sharechat

Increasing pressure on firms globally to reduce emissions throughout their supply chain is a genuine opportunity for New Zealand, Contact Energy says. Chief generation and development officer James Kilty says there has always been a level of interest from firms overseas keen on seeing whether they could establish businesses here to take advantage of the country’s geothermal energy and its high – and growing – share of renewable electricity.

Ten tips for businesses who want to transition their company fleets to electric vehicles

23 Apr 2019 | Idealog

More and more businesses are considering going down the road of electric vehicles. While it’s a good way to show business leadership on climate change, reduce emissions, and help create the critical mass of demand necessary to truly launch the EV market in New Zealand, it’s not quite as simple as replacing your company fleet with EVs and installing a few plugs. Here, some of New Zealand's biggest corporates and members of the Climate Leaders Coalition, such as Meridian, Spark, Orion and Westpac, share what they've learnt when it comes to transitioning their corporate fleets into EVs.

'The equivalent of taking 18,500 cars off the road': Fonterra's latest move to reduce carbon emissions

18 Apr 2019 | Newshub

Dairy giant Fonterra believes its latest initiative to cut carbon emissions could make the difference of the equivalent of taking 18,500 cars off the road. The co-operative's Te Awamutu site has just completed a trial to run its existing coal boiler exclusively on wood pellets.

New NZ Post delivery vehicles in Tawa

18 Apr 2019 | NZ Post

Tawa residents will now be able to see New Zealand Post’s new electric delivery vehicles in operation as driver training has started. NZ Post has worked closely with the Wellington City Council to gain approval to operate the Paxster electric delivery vehicles on a 12 month trial. The rollout of these vehicles around the country started in 2017, and the vehicles have now arrived in Tawa.

Why carbon measurement matters

17 Apr 2019 | National Business Review

"With employees and board members becoming increasingly aware of climate risks and motivated to protect the environment, measurement of carbon emissions will soon be a standard practice for New Zealand businesses." Rob Campbell tells the National Business Review why SKYCITY Entertainment Group and Summerset Group Holdings Limited are measuring their carbon footprint with Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited (Subscription access).

Contact Energy commits to science based emissions reduction targets

16 Apr 2019 | Contact Energy

Contact Energy has become the first energy company in New Zealand to have its emission reduction targets approved by the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi). This verifies the company’s commitment to reduce its emissions in line with what is required to achieve global targets in the Paris Agreement.

Fuji Xerox leads the way for a more sustainable future

16 Apr 2019 | IT Brief

Sustainability is becoming one of the most important ways by which consumers choose to purchase from a particular company – one that doesn’t display sustainable business practices and an environmental mindset will find itself at a disadvantage to those companies that are doing their part to create a circular economy. Office multifunction devices and consumables like toner cartridges can generate a significant amount of waste, but with sustainable business practices and processes, that doesn’t have to be the case. Fuji Xerox is a company that is leading the print industry in sustainable business practices and it has already made waves by creating contributing toward a circular economy that works.

Ngai Tahu Tourism investigating electrifying jetboats

16 Apr 2019 | Mountainscene

One of Queenstown’s biggest tourism players is looking to make waves in the eco-tourism sector. Ngai Tahu Tourism, which owns Shotover Jet, confirms it’s investigating how to power its famous jetboats with electric engines. Chief executive Quinton Hall says: “We currently have a project investigating how to electrify our jetboats, so hopefully we will see electric power in the not-too-distant future.”

Fight climate change in the streets, shops and casinos

15 Apr 2019 | Newsroom

The responsibility for fighting climate change doesn't just rest with farmers - urban businesses and city dwellers need to take action too, writes Rod Oram. He hopes the example of some leading businesses will inspire more companies and urban households to get involved.

Global Toyota enjoys a strong local reputation

12 Apr 2019 | Toyota

In the 2019 Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index released today, in partnership with Wright Communications, Toyota New Zealand is the only international brand to figure in the top 10 companies. It is also the only vehicle supplier in the top 20 most reputable companies. Sitting in fourth position amongst Kiwi brand icons such as Air New Zealand and The Warehouse is great news for Toyota and reaffirms its decades-long commitment to New Zealand and providing Kiwi motorists with reliable and affordable vehicles. Notably the Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index is based on the global RepZ framework and measures four standard attributes to arrive at a total reputation score.

ANZ launches new sustainable home loan product

12 Apr 2019 | NZ Adviser

ANZ has announced a new home loan product for customers wanting to upgrade their homes to higher, more sustainable standards. The Healthy Home Loan Package offers a 0.70% discount off ANZ’s standard fixed home loan rate and 1.00% off standard floating and flexible home loan rates, along with fee waivers across a range of accounts. It is available for new builds or upgrades to homes with a Homestar rating of six or above.

Why Toyota doesn't really sell electric vehicles

10 Apr 2019 | Stuff

Everybody's talking about electric vehicles (EVs) in New Zealand at the moment and it seems like almost every major carmaker is focused on EV power in some way. NZ is theoretically the ideal environment for EVs, with over 80 per cent renewable electricity. So you might think it strange that Toyota, NZ's number one car brand and a pioneer of alternative eco-power with its hybrid engines, doesn't have any pure EVs and only one plug-in of any kind: the rather niche Prius Prime.

Toll committed to climate action

9 Apr 2019 | Transport Talk

Opinion piece from Toll on the work they're doing to reduce their emissions and be smarter when it comes to driving, energy, fuel efficiency, planning & facilities. *Article on p33

The Warehouse Group's Nick Grayston on why businesses must get used to environmental scrutiny

8 Apr 2019 | Idealog

The Warehouse Group recently made the decision to go carbon zero, making it one of three major retailers that have done the move worldwide – a bold move by any standards. Chief executive Nick Grayston shares why the retailer made this decision, why it isn't just a greenwashing strategy and its plans to expand on this in the future.

It's not just The Warehouse going carbon neutral; people are doing it too

8 Apr 2019 | Stuff

​Courtney Simpson spent $22,000 on an electric car to bring down her carbon footprint. By the time she's finished paying it off the Nissan Leaf, she will only be marginally ahead financially compared to running a petrol-guzzling car, but that's not the point. "Driving an EV, or cycling has a much higher emotional return," she says.

What is the carbon footprint of international tourism?

5 Apr 2019 | Stuff

Campervan company Tourism Holdings, which owns the Britz and Maui brands, trialled electric campervans for the first time this summer. It has five two-berth, self-contained motorhomes in Auckland and Queenstown, with 10-day itineraries built around having chargers every 50-100km. The Auckland itinerary takes in the Coromandel and Raglan, while the Queenstown trip heads to Dunedin.

Cars are no longer just cars - Meridian Energy

5 Apr 2019 | NZ Herald

In a shift likened to the iphone revolution, cars with names like NIO or Byton may be the future. Back in the late 80s there was the cellphone: a big brick of a thing, out of the reach of many. Within no time, there was a monumental shift. Who can do without one now? Today's equivalent to those early Motorolas is the electric vehicle (EV) industry, says Nick Robilliard, procurement manager for Meridian Energy.

Toll launches electric trucks in Japan

3 Apr 2019 | Transport Talk

Home / News / Toll launches electric trucks in Japan Toll launches electric trucks in Japan Nigel Moffiet April 3, 2019 News No Comments Toll is introducing the first two electric vehicles to be used in its Japan operations. The light-duty all-electric Fuso eCanters trucks from Daimler will operate pickup and delivery services in Tokyo.

Soar Print family beats disruption and turns carbon neutral

2 Apr 2019 | NBR

NBR entrepreneurs series on three siblings running a business.

How startups are leading the business community’s response to climate change

2 Apr 2019 | The Spinoff

When 60 CEOs signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition in July 2018, much was made of the presence of the big players like Air New Zealand, Spark, Fonterra and Vector. The Spinoff caught up with the nimble smaller companies leading from the back. Since the launch of the Climate Leaders Coalition last year, 82 CEOs have signed the joint statement committing their organisations to take voluntary action on climate change. Since then much focus has been on the big players, and just how committed they are to a carbon zero future that demands difficult questions of their status quo.

Otago Polytech opinion - Our people make a difference

1 Apr 2019 | Otago Daily Times

In light of last month's climate change action by high school pupils, Jen Rodgers, sustainable practice adviser at Otago Polytechnic, provides a stocktake of her institution's initiatives in this area.

Watercare releases its climate change strategy

1 Apr 2019 | Watercare

The global impacts of the changing climate will bring significant direct and indirect changes and challenges. For Watercare these include extreme weather events, prolonged dry periods, rising seas and increased coastal flooding. Our climate change strategy sets out our future direction as we embark on a journey to operate a low carbon organisation that is resilient to climate impacts

Fujitsu green building case study

29 Mar 2019 | Fujitsu

When Fujitsu moved to a new office in Auckland, it wanted to reduce its impact on the environment. Since the move, energy use has been cut by 64%, 24 tonnes of CO2e been saved annually, and more than 8,250kg of eWaste diverted from landfill.

How to cut your contribution to climate change by offsetting your emissions

28 Mar 2019 | Stuff

Living a carbon-free lifestyle can feel impossible, considering emissions are produced by everything from travelling to eating to heating buildings. Each person's carbon footprint – the amount of greenhouse gases your activities release – is different. A vegan's emissions are likely to be lower than a meat eater's on dining habits alone, but a meat eater who cycles to work will produce less carbon dioxide than a vegan who drives.

Rob Campbell - Why Measurement Matters

28 Mar 2019 | Enviro-Mark Solutions

For Rob Campbell, Chair of SKYCITY Entertainment Group and Summerset Group, there are at least two reasons why Boards and Directors should endorse and support carbon measurement in their affiliated companies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Air New Zealand, Z Energy and Contact Energy join forces to establish a forestry portfolio to sequester carbon

14 Mar 2019 | Dryland Carbon

Climate Leaders Coalition signatories Air New Zealand, Z Energy, Contact Energy together with Genesis Energy have joined forces to establish a forestry portfolio to sequester carbon. The partnership is a great example of Coalition signatories coming together to mitigate climate change.

Enviro-Mark calculator helps families measure household emissions

11 Mar 2019 | Stuff

Dave Bryce started monitoring his family's carbon dioxide emissions about 12 years ago. At the time, they were emitting something close to the average for a New Zealand family. These days, he and his wife are emitting about one-eighth of the emissions of an average family, he says. Bryce knows this because he uses Landcare Research's Household Emissions Calculator, a free online tool that captures electricity use, transport and household waste and estimates CO2 emissions in kilograms.

Naylor Love joins the Climate Leaders Coalition

11 Mar 2019 | Naylor Love

Naylor Love has made a genuine and profound commitment to be the leader in sustainable construction practices and the champion of sustainable construction products in New Zealand. We’re delighted to announce that Naylor Love has joined the Climate Leaders Coalition, a group of 80 New Zealand businesses who have committed to tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions.

Businesses lead the charge on EVs

8 Mar 2019 | NBR

The barriers to switching may not be as great as they seem. Note: premium content

Fuelled by biodiesel

5 Mar 2019 | Fonterra

The Co-op has been working closely with Z Energy since 2014 to help introduce biodiesel to New Zealand as part of its commitment to reduce emissions across its operations. Fast forward to 2019, Fonterra now has its 156 tankers in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty area producing 4% less emissions per year.

Meridian plugs in to global EV community

4 Mar 2019 | Meridian Energy

Meridian Energy’s commitment to EVs has gone global with the company joining the international EV100 initiative by pledging to operate a 100% electric fleet by 2030. Meridian joins overseas companies like Baidu, DHL and HP as well as local companies including Air New Zealand and Christchurch Airport.

Vector achieves strong result in CDP disclosure report

1 Mar 2019 | Vector

Emissions reductions initiatives, governance and value chain engagement were among the company’s highest scoring categories. Vector, the country’s largest electricity distributor, was yesterday given the ‘best first-time performance’ award, and an above average overall score for the sector and region, at an event marking the release of the CDP 2018 Regional Disclosure Report Launch.

Urgent call for business to act on rising sea levels

28 Feb 2019 | NBR

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Unilever deemed most prepared large consumer company for climate change according to new report from CDP

27 Feb 2019 | Bloomberg

Among the world’s biggest consumer companies, Europe’s Unilever NV, L’Oreal SA and Danone are best prepared for the effects of climate change relative to their peers, according to a report from the nonprofit CDP.

How extreme weather is changing the way your electricity is delivered

22 Feb 2019 | Vector

Climate change has already affected how electricity gets delivered to customers, and it’s only going to get more challenging. Vector’s Chief Networks Officer Andre Botha outlines what the lines company is doing to respond.

Meridian case study - Electrifying your fleet

18 Feb 2019 | Meridian

Electrifying our vehicle fleet is one way that we can demonstrate our commitment, and also learn – and then share those learnings with the broader business community.

CarboNZero case study - The Warehouse Group

18 Feb 2019 | The Warehouse Group

There are three elements to TWG's carbon neutral strategy: 1. Purchase Gold Standard international carbon credits to offset emissions generated by the business 2. Reduce carbon emissions 3. Regenerate as many as 2,700 hectares of land back to native forests.

Z invests in permanent forest project to offset emissions

15 Feb 2019 | Stuff

A regenerating native bush block owned by former Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown is not only providing biodiversity and a haven for birds, it's also generating income in the form of carbon credits.

The Warehouse Group becomes 1st major NZ company and 3rd retailer in the world to be carbon neutral

15 Feb 2019 | The Warehouse Group

We’re the largest company in New Zealand – and only the third major retailer globally - to be carbon neutral. We’re doing this because we care about the health of our people, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the planet. We are committed to this journey. Our target is to reduce emissions by 32 percent by 2030 (from our 2015 base level). This is in keeping with the target of staying within 2⁰C of warming, based on pre-industrial levels, set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Ecostore top of mind in sustainable brands for 5th year

13 Feb 2019 | Scoop

For the fifth year in a row, ecostore has come out on top of the unprompted list of sustainable brands in New Zealand. The Colmar Brunton Better Futures report, released yesterday evening, asked New Zealanders which brands were leaders in sustainability and ecostore was again mentioned unprompted by those surveyed as being leaders in sustainability. Furthermore, when prompted, eighty-three percent of those surveyed named ecostore as a leading sustainable brand in New Zealand. Use of renewable resources, care for the environment through business practice, and a focus on quality natural ingredients were among the reasons people thought of brands as sustainability leaders.

SKYCITY unveils green fund, will be carbon neutral in NZ this year

13 Feb 2019 | SKYCITY

SKYCITY Entertainment Group has revealed its climate change strategy that will see the company’s New Zealand sites carbon neutral by the end of this year, with Adelaide following next year. SKYCITY will be among the first major New Zealand companies to go carbon neutral with its plan to set up a green fund, paid for via an internal carbon levy on all its emissions.

Toyota has a long-term view on product responsibility

12 Feb 2019 | Toyota

Toyota has a global vision of future ‘eco-cars’ which have no negative environmental effects and help the transition to a low carbon society. Transport is New Zealand’s second largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and we rank fifth highest among OECD member countries per capita. New Zealand's vehicle fleet is among the oldest in the developed world, and one of the least fuel efficient.

3R - a carboNZero case study

11 Feb 2019 | Enviro-Mark Solutions

3R Group’s core business is focussed on minimising the impact of business on the environment. They develop programmes to recycle or responsibly dispose of used products and packaging. From businesses with a specific waste issue, to industry-wide projects looking at the full product life cycle, they are experts in product stewardship solutions and circular economy thinking. 3R have been reimagining waste for more than 13 years. As waste is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, their business is an integral part of the solution. Their creative approach of combining imagination and science to repurpose waste, has led them to develop recycling programmes for consumers and industry, and help individual businesses reduce their waste to landfill.

OPINION - How to start a climate change movement

7 Feb 2019 | Stuff

There's an old TED Talk from 2010 about how to start a movement, illustrated by a video of a "lone nut" dancing at a music festival. It stuck with me, not just because of the lone nut's unique sense of rhythm, but because it's much the same way I view the movement of business leaders taking voluntary action on climate change.

Vector and Chargetrip partner to ease 'range and charge anxiety' among EV Users

7 Feb 2019 | Vector

Auckland energy company Vector and Dutch start-up Chargetrip have teamed up to ease ‘range and charge anxiety’ among New Zealand’s rapidly growing number of electric vehicle (EV) users. Range anxiety is a term often used to describe the stress EV users experience when their destination is or could be further than their car battery’s range, and they fear they could end up stranded on the side of the road. Charge anxiety is caused by the uncertainty of waiting lines at charge stations. Both are considered major barriers keeping people from switching to electric driving.

Wright Communications joins Climate Leaders Coalition

25 Jan 2019 | Wright Communications

Sustainability-focused PR agency, Wright Communications, has joined the Climate Leaders Coalition as part of its on-going commitment to sustainability and reducing climate change. Managing Director Nikki Wright said as well as ensuring the agency was committed to reducing its own carbon footprint, its overarching business purpose is to encourage and empower its clients to become better corporate citizens.

Vector to explore benefits of vehicle-to-home technology in Piha community

22 Jan 2019 | Vector

Auckland’s popular west coast surfing mecca Piha Beach will soon become home to a cutting-edge trial into the broader customer benefits of electric vehicle (EV) technology. Auckland electricity lines company Vector has today been approved for co-funding from the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund to explore the potential network and customer resiliency benefits of vehicle-to-home (V2H) technology.

Ngai Tahu Tourism goes electric

22 Jan 2019 | Maori Television

One of New Zealand’s leading tourism operators, Ngāi Tahu Tourism, will adopt electric vehicle chargers at some of its businesses, helping to expand the national electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Ngāi Tahu Tourism is a subsidiary of Ngāi Tahu Holdings, which is governed by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.

Meridian to expand EV charging thanks to the Government’s Low Emissions Vehicles Contestable Fund

22 Jan 2019 | Meridian Energy

Electric vehicle leaders, Meridian Energy, are proud to have been approved for co-funding through the Government’s Low Emissions Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand. Meridian’s Chief Customer Officer, Julian Smith says that the company is thrilled to receive support from the fund, which will enable more people to experience the benefits of electric vehicles which helps our country to combat climate change.

Ports of Auckland to receive EECA co-funding for Hydrogen Vehicles

22 Jan 2019 | Ports of Auckland

Ports of Auckland is delighted to learn today that it has been approved for part-funding for the purchase of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from the Government's Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund (LEVCF), administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Ports of Auckland, along with its project partners Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and KiwiRail will procure a hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) bus and three HFC cars as part of its wider project to build a hydrogen fuel production plant. The fund will be providing 14% of the estimated cost of these vehicles.

Air New Zealand crowned ATW Eco Airline of the Year

18 Jan 2019 | Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is the first airline in the world to scoop two awards at the Air Transport World Airline Industry Awards. The awards, which are considered the 'Oscars of the airline industry', will be presented in New York in March. Air New Zealand has been crowned ATW Eco Airline of the Year and won the Passenger Experience Achievement award for recent upgrades to its Economy Skycouch seats. The Eco-Airline of the Year award recognises Air New Zealand's portfolio of sustainability work. This includes the airline's commitment to reducing waste through its Project Green initiative, engagement with and support for regional New Zealand communities and reducing carbon emissions both within the airline's own operations and encouraging travellers to do the same through its voluntary carbon offsetting programme, FlyNeutral.

Biz must just get on with the climate opportunity

10 Jan 2019 | ANZ

It’s easy to get distracted by the politics of climate change. For business, the best approach is to push past the emotion and join the rest of the world – or at least most of it – in assessing both the business risks and opportunities, a key expert says. " Focus on [climate] as a business risk and a business opportunity because this is where people will make money or lose money over the next 20 to 30 years.”

Leading the Industrial Re-revolution

10 Jan 2019 | Architecture Now

What is the Industrial Re-revolution? Industry has progressed us forward as humans but the implications for the environment have been detrimental at best. The idea of the Industrial Re-revolution is to acknowledge the fact that industry is necessary for the way the economy works in the human world but to explore new ways of making it work that do not cause harm and, in fact, drive positive change for the Earth. In order to meet the carbon emission targets needed to combat catastrophic climate change, the corporate sector must change the way it works. A key way for corporations to ensure they stay within carbon emission targets is through the use of organisations such as thinkstep, which helps to assess a company’s environmental footprint and set a clear pathway for sustainable growth with a reduced impact on the Earth.

10 business benefits of settings science based targets

9 Jan 2019 | Thinkstep

Beyond the obvious ethical reasons for working to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, here are some powerful arguments for why businesses should set science-based targets.

10 tips for business to reduce their emissions

7 Jan 2019 | Stuff

For some businesses, especially small businesses, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to reducing your emissions. That's why members of the Climate Leaders Coalition have pulled together 10 top tips of practical things businesses can be doing right now to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

OPINION: I was a late convert to being a climate change leader for business and I'm not alone

5 Jan 2019 | Stuff

OPINION: There are those who see business as responsible for climate change.I don't see a lot of point in arguing about that, there is not the time. We have already wasted too much time arguing about whether human activity as a whole is responsible. I take a simple view. It is beyond time for humanity to react to the negative consequences of climate change. Since much of what we do which impacts that change is conducted through the businesses we often work in it seems a good if not exclusive spot to take action.

Global recognition for Auckland leadership on climate action

20 Dec 2018 | Auckland Council

Auckland’s ambitious targets and leadership on tackling climate change have earned C40 Innovator City status from the global C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The C40 Innovator City status acknowledges Auckland’s innovation and initiatives to lower the city’s carbon emissions and protect the environment.

Vector releases EV charging guide for commercial, mixed use and residential properties

19 Dec 2018 | Vector

Vector has today released a how-to guide to make it easier for tenants and residents of business, commercial and apartment buildings to switch to electric vehicles (EVs). Vector’s ‘Connecting Electric Vehicle Chargers’ guide offers best-practice advice for installing EV chargers – including ensuring chargers are compatible with a wide range of EVs now and into the future.

The new $100m green investment fund could help upcycle older buildings

19 Dec 2018 | Stuff

Commercial building specialists are eyeing the Government's new $100 million "green" investment fund to help upcycle New Zealand's old buildings. Engineering consultants Beca said there was a huge opportunity to improve New Zealand's building stock, now believed to be belching out 20 per cent of New Zealand's carbon pollution.

Countdown launches its first electric vehicle charging stations

18 Dec 2018 | Waikato Business News

Countdown, in partnership with WEL Networks, has installed three charging sites at five of its Waikato supermarkets – a first for the retailer. Electric vehicle (EV) users can charge their cars for free at either Countdown Hamilton, Countdown Bridge Street, Countdown Claudelands, Countdown St James or Countdown Huntly.

Why we’re not moving climate change from our agenda

18 Dec 2018 | Fonterra

Chief Operating Officer for Global Operations Robert Spurway talks about the changes our manufacturing sites are making to improve their environmental footprint. Small changes can add up to big impacts.

Farming sustainably

17 Dec 2018 | Farmers Weekly

Tiaki, the sustainable dairying programme launched by Fonterra last year, is ticking all the boxes for farmers. The programme, which helps farmers farm in more sustainable ways, has been in place for a year. At its launch Fonterra set an initial target of having 1000 farm environment plans in place.

Climate change: why business action counts

10 Dec 2018 | Sustainable Business Council

Two-thirds of New Zealanders agree that climate change is the biggest problem the world is facing today, according to a 2017 Colmar Brunton survey. And in the Deloitte BusinessNZ Pre-Election Survey, climate change was one of the top 10 government-related issues for business, and more than 40% of respondents thought that climate change would affect the costs of input to their business.

Ecostore case study - tackling the plastic problem

7 Dec 2018 | Ecostore

Most plastic is made from non-renewable petrochemicals. The extraction process and conversion into plastic releases carbon into the atmosphere, adding to climate change. So in 2014 we challenged ourselves to find a packaging alternative that goes beyond reducing emissions, and actually takes carbon out of the atmosphere. We found a packaging solution that can help to combat climate change. It’s plastic made from sugarcane.

Tiwai Expansion showcases New Zealand’s renewable advantage

6 Dec 2018 | Meridian Energy

As well as being a good for our business and great for the Southland region, this new contract helps Meridian to take action on climate change. The more aluminium that is produced in New Zealand using mainly renewable energy, the more this displaces production of aluminium using fossil fuel alternatives overseas.

Z Energy says EV take-up will drive charger installs

6 Dec 2018 | Z Energy

Source: Sharechat
Speaking at the New Zealand Emissions Workshop on Wednesday, Sustainability and community manager Gerri Ward says Z Energy is ready for the rapid expansion of electric vehicles.

Ports of Auckland to build Auckland’s first hydrogen production and refuelling facility

4 Dec 2018 | Ports of Auckland

In a first for Auckland, Ports of Auckland has committed to build a hydrogen production and refuelling facility at its Waitematā port. The company, and project partners Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail, will invest in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles including port equipment, buses and cars as part of the project.

New tool helps farmers gauge carbon footprint

4 Dec 2018 | Meridian Energy; Westpac

Meridian Energy and Westpac NZ are proud to support a new carbon calculator that gives farmers a guide to the size of their carbon footprint. The tool has been developed by Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) and Agrilink NZ, with financial assistance from Meridian Energy and Westpac NZ. It is available at www.lincoln.ac.nz/carboncalculator.

Have yourself a very sustainable Christmas

3 Dec 2018 | Enviro-Mark Solutions

It’s that time of year again! We know that you’ve been working hard on your carbon, energy and environmental management through the year, so don’t blow out at Christmas! Our team have put together a list of the top tips to help you increase the fun whilst reducing your environmental impact.

energyclubnz - 10 small steps for families to join the fight against climate change

30 Nov 2018 | Stuff

Families often feel overwhelmed by the scale of the climate challenge issue. They are told there is a major problem but are not often helped on what they can do to help. This was my view a few years ago.

Toyota joins New Zealand Hydrogen Association

29 Nov 2018 | Toyota New Zealand

Toyota New Zealand has become one of the first vehicle manufacturers to join the recently established New Zealand Hydrogen Association. Hydrogen fuel cell development is a key component of Toyota’s commitment to alternative fuel sources and sustainable motoring. Toyota New Zealand Chief Executive Alistair Davis said joining the new Hydrogen Association was a first step towards developing an eco-system for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in New Zealand.

Countdown reduces carbon emissions by 8.8%

29 Nov 2018 | Countdown

Reducing its carbon emissions by 8.8 per cent, was a highlight included in Countdown’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which was released today. The 2018 report publicly tracks Countdown’s progress towards meeting its 20 ambitious Corporate Social Responsibility goals, which were set in 2017 to be achieved by 2020.

KPMG joins the Climate Leaders Coalition

29 Nov 2018 | KPMG

Source: Voxy
KPMG has committed to measuring and making further reductions across the full scope of its emissions, as well as working with suppliers to reduce their emissions, by 2020. Meanwhile, the firm has committed to becoming fully carbon neutral - through the offsetting of unavoidable emissions - by 2030 at the latest.

Quick! Save the Planet: We must confront climate change

28 Nov 2018 | Stuff

Stuff launches a long-term project – Quick! Save the Planet – to report the latest science on the local impacts of climate change; catalogue the tools available to mitigate the causes of global warming; examine how people, communities, businesses and governments are adapting; and discuss how individuals can make a difference.

Enviro-Mark Solutions second in NZ with science-based carbon reduction targets

28 Nov 2018 | Enviro-Mark Solutions

Enviro-Mark Solutions is now only the second New Zealand company to have their science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction target approved by the international Science Based Targets Initiative. Enviro-Mark Solutions has committed to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 74% by 2030 from a 2017 base-year. They have also committed to reducing absolute scope 3 emissions from business travel and employee commuting by 57% by 2030, from a 2017 base-year.

NZ Post case study - Planning to reduce your emissions

27 Nov 2018 | NZ Post

To assist our path finding we have developed a ‘decarbonisation roadmap’ that will help guide actions across the business – not just in operations – but in the way the whole organisation thinks about reducing carbon. From People teams to IT to Procurement, everyone will need to be involved.

Ngāi Tahu launches climate change strategy

26 Nov 2018 | Ngāi Tahu Holdings

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu has launched a strategy that will help Papatipu Rūnanga further prepare for the effects of climate change. He Rautaki Mō Te Huringa o Te Āhuarangi - the Ngāi Tahu Climate Change Strategy - provides the overall framework that will support decision making within the tribe in the years ahead.

IAG case study - Energy efficient buildings

23 Nov 2018 | IAG

Reducing energy use in our commercial buildings is an important part of our response to climate change. That’s why we are proud that our Christchurch office currently has the highest NABERSNZ whole building rating in New Zealand.

Orion signs up to Climate Leaders Coalition

21 Nov 2018 | Orion

Joining with 70 of New Zealand’s business leaders, Orion’s membership of the Climate Leaders Coalition signals its dedication to measuring and reporting its greenhouse gas emissions, setting targets and working with suppliers to reduce greenhouse emissions, to help keep global warming within two degrees. Orion CEO Rob Jamieson, says: “This is an important step in making sure our business is doing all it can to contribute to a sustainable future for New Zealand, and the world.

Projects reveal potential for low-carbon future in Waitematā

20 Nov 2018 | Auckland Council

Projects funded and pioneered over the past three years by Waitematā Local Board have revealed the low-carbon potential for the ward. As part of the board's plan to ensure that the natural environment is valued, protected and enhanced, funding has been allocated to projects looking at low-carbon lifestyles and multi-unit dwellings, reducing food waste from businesses and the Waitematā Low Carbon Network.

Suncorp New Zealand joins Climate Leaders Coalition

20 Nov 2018 | Suncorp New Zealand

“Being part of the Climate Leaders Coalition represents our commitment to view climate change as an opportunity to innovate and create a positive future for New Zealanders,” said Suncorp New Zealand CEO Paul Smeaton. “Climate change has a direct impact on Suncorp New Zealand’s operations and we have first-hand knowledge of how it is affecting our customers through things like extreme weather events. I am thrilled that we will be collaborating with other businesses to find ways to address climate change.”

Co-firing on all cylinders - Fonterra Brightwater site to reduce emissions by 25 percent

19 Nov 2018 | Fonterra

Fonterra’s Brightwater milk processing plant in Nelson is now co-firing on wood after the site’s newly converted boiler was officially switched on by the Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods, today.

Countdown launches its first electric vehicle charging stations

19 Nov 2018 | Countdown

Countdown, in partnership with WEL Networks, has today installed three charging sites at five of its Waikato supermarkets – a first for the retailer. Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Kiri Hannifin, said today's launch was another step in the right direction towards the business meeting its commitment to help create a cleaner and greener Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Tackling Climate Change - 60 Kiwi Businesses at a Time

16 Nov 2018 | 4sight Consulting

When it comes to tackling climate change it’s often hard to know where to start, it’s such a massive subject and it’s easy to get lost in all that it entails. Communication around it seems to come in ebbs and flows as well, and as a business we have always tried to maintain the ‘flows’, as sustainability, lowering our carbon emissions and reducing our carbon footprint have been long-term goals of ours. But we still ask ourselves what else can we do to make a difference, and even though we recently became re-certified as a CEMARS certified business and have been certified for 8 years now (read our blog post), it’s still a work in progress and it’s a constant, ever-evolving process for us.

Wellington Zoo achieves carboNZero certification for the 6th year

15 Nov 2018 | Wellington Zoo

We are thrilled to have achieved our carboNZero certification again, after becoming the first Zoo in the world to be carboNZero certified in 2013. As part of our carboNZero certification, we've made a commitment to continually work on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. Over the past six years, we've implemented a range of initiatives to cut back on our power use and waste generation.

Auckland Council reaffirms commitment to tackling climate change

13 Nov 2018 | Auckland Council

Auckland Council has recommitted to membership of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group with the council’s Environment and Community Committee endorsing Auckland’s reapplication for C40 affiliation. Councillor Penny Hulse, chair of the Environment and Community Committee, says the C40 report stresses that cities and nations must commit to bold and coordinated climate action in the next few years.

Creating a positive drive: Decarbonisation of New Zealand’s transport sector by 2050

8 Nov 2018 | thinkstep

Transport has a key role to play in New Zealand’s low-carbon future. thinkstep has published a new report presenting four future visions for New Zealand in which the carbon footprint of transport is reduced by up to 90% of 2015 levels by 2050 through a combination of new vehicle technologies and behavioural changes.

So Flick's CarboNZero certified...

7 Nov 2018 | Flick

But what does that mean? How (and when) did Flick become carboNZero certified? And what has Flick done to reduce emissions?

My SKYCITY kitchen rules

7 Nov 2018 | SKYCITY Entertainment Group

Diverting food waste from landfills can help companies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Courtney Simpson, Group Manager Environment, tells the Sustainable Business Council how SKYCITY Auckland diverted the equivalent of 142 buses of food from landfill, reducing their emissions by 15% in one year.

Waste Management launches sustainability strategy

31 Oct 2018 | Waste Management

Waste Management today launched our sustainability strategy called For Future Generations which provides the foundation for the future sustainability of our company and the communities in which we operate across New Zealand. In developing For Future Generations, Waste Management engaged external and internal stakeholders to identify those issues considered material for us to address in order to be sustainable for the future.

Working group formed to tackle end of life batteries

30 Oct 2018 | Vector

A group of local and international businesses has joined forces to stop mountains of e-waste being created by the rising number of large lithium-ion batteries in New Zealand. Led by energy company Vector, the Battery Leaders Group aims to find circular economy solutions for the batteries that are powering everything from electric vehicles to Vector Lights when they reach their end of life.

TIL Logistics signs hydrogen transport MOU with Hiringa Energy

26 Oct 2018 | TIL Logistics Group

Source: Voxy
New Zealand freight and logistics company TIL Logistics Group Limited (NZX: TLL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New Plymouth-based Hiringa Energy Limited to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology transport solutions in New Zealand. The project has the potential to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from TIL’s national fleet of 900 trucks, 310 forklifts and 170 light vehicles.

Leading eco building latest evidence New Zealand is switching to solar

12 Oct 2018 | Vector

A charity events space committed to producing 105% of its energy needs is already beating this by more than 50%, thanks to solar and battery solution from energy company Vector. Just one week into a year-long assessment period for the Living Building Challenge, the Sustainable Coastlines Flagship Education Centre is already generating 164% of its energy needs.

Mondiale case study

10 Oct 2018 | Mondiale

Mondiale Freight Services Ltd, a leading New Zealand based International Freight Forwarding, Warehousing and Logistics Company, is committed to operating in a sustainable manner and is actively working to reduce its carbon footprint.

First locally converted electric truck

9 Oct 2018 | Waste Management

Waste Management’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Innovation Hub has recently completed our first local and 100% electric truck conversion! Our electric box body truck yesterday commenced operating out of our Technical Services branch in East Tamaki, Auckland, collecting medical waste from Middlemore and Greenlane Hospitals.

Ecostore saves 4,500 tonnes of carbon through biobased sugar plastic

4 Oct 2018 | Ecostore

Ecostore has announced that more than 80% of its packaging is made with renewable, sustainable sugar, and thanks to this significant investment, ecostore has helped save 4,485 tonnes of carbon from being released into the atmosphere since the company converted its packaging from petrochemical plastic to biobased ‘sugar’ plastic four years ago. The total savings achieved to date are equivalent to the amount of carbon emitted during 8,500 car journeys from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Climate leaders now include town and gown

27 Sep 2018 |

With new signatories including Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Panuku Development Auckland and Otago Polytechnic, the Coalition is pleased to welcome the first local council and first educational institution to join the growing ranks of organisations wanting to commit to climate action. Read more

WSP Opus joins Climate Leaders Coalition

27 Sep 2018 | WSP Opus

Source: Scoop
Saul Chambers, WSP Opus Manager Sustainability & Climate Change Solutions, is genuinely excited about the opportunity CLC presents to solve the challenging issues around climate change. “There’s no doubt that we’re in a time of unprecedented change as a business, local and national governments and cities get to grips with climate change, but that also brings the opportunity to collaborate for better outcomes. There’s a lot of positivity about how we can approach solutions and it’s a great time to take a breath and decide how, as a nation, we want New Zealand to be in the future.”

Thousands of trees planted to help prevent power outages

21 Sep 2018 | Vector

Vector today launched a new programme to raise awareness of the need to keep trees well clear from power lines, by planting thousands more of them to launch the initiative. The Vector Urban Forest initiative means the power company will replace every tree it must cut down for network management or safety purposes, with two new natives, planted in areas that help with local ecological restoration schemes.

Leaders commit to tackling climate change

21 Sep 2018 | Auckland Council

Auckland Council, Watercare, Auckland Transport and Panuku Development Auckland have joined over sixty leading New Zealand businesses committed to addressing the issue of climate change. By joining the Climate Leaders Coalition, the council and wider council whānau have agreed to collaborative action on the coalition’s commitments.

Z Energy case study - Reporting on your emissions

11 Sep 2018 | Z Energy

Read about Z Energy’s approach to sustainability reporting and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

New Zealand - cleaner, greener and lower in emissions

5 Sep 2018 | 4sight Consulting

It was with great pride that we became signatories of the Climate Leaders’ Coalition in July of this year, joining forces with 60 other like-minded businesses from across New Zealand to work towards changing behaviours in the workplace, and everyday life, in order to reach a collective goal of reducing New Zealand’s emissions and ultimately a cleaner, greener New Zealand. But is it possible for the rest of New Zealand and the New Zealand government to take action and change a long-standing mindset? To support a low emissions economy where people still prosper? The Productivity Commission thinks so.

Companies are looking at how to reduce their carbon emissions

4 Sep 2018 | NZ Herald

Initiatives and announcements made in recent weeks show how the New Zealand business community is embracing the climate change challenge. The Climate Leaders' Coalition, launched in July, is a group of chief executives and businesses committed to the measurement and reporting of their greenhouse gas emissions. The group has publicly supported the Government's zero carbon goals to set regular carbon "budgets" and establish a Climate Change Commission. This follows hard on the heels of the agri-food sector giving support to the Government's goal of New Zealand achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Lower emissions needed for a zero-carbon future

4 Sep 2018 | Toyota New Zealand

Toyota New Zealand is on a pathway to lowering its fleet’s emissions and preparing for a zero-carbon future as recommended by the Productivity Commission’s final report on a low emissions economy. “The actions our business has already started taking, demonstrate our commitment to action on climate change,” says Alistair Davis, the CEO of Toyota New Zealand. “We take our responsibilities to the environment seriously.”

Long story short

4 Sep 2018 | Z Energy

Gerri Ward, Sustainability Manager at Z Energy, looks at the recommendations in the Productivity Commission's report and what they might mean for New Zealand.

Useful events

28 Aug 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition

Opportunities for companies to learn, find solutions or hear how others are tackling the challenges of measuring and reducing emissions. Read more

CEOs committed to change impact

22 Aug 2018 | Ravensdown

When 60 CEOs of large New Zealand companies recently committed to a transition to a low emissions economy, some environmentalists were wary. While prepared to take the CEOs at their word, many rightly said they were keen to see evidence of the commitment.That position is understandable. These companies are responsible for more than 50% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Despite this voluntary initiative, some may think the commercial world has appeared slow to turn around. It’s not for lack of desire. Everyone wants to be able to say they tried to leave the planet in better shape.

Otago Polytechnic joins Climate Leaders Coalition

20 Aug 2018 | Otago Polytechnic

Otago Polytechnic continues to demonstrate its commitment to making a better world, becoming the first tertiary institution in New Zealand to join the Climate Leaders Coalition.

Auckland Airport employees help create new reserve

27 Jul 2018 | Auckland Airport

Source: Scoop
Auckland Airport employees are joining businesses across the airport precinct, local students and community groups, Auckland Council and government agencies over the next two days at a Million Trees / Matariki Tu Rākau community tree planting event on Puhinui Reserve in Wiri.

How to meet the commitments

25 Jul 2018 |

There are a range of options to help businesses at each stage of their journey to achieve the commitments in the Climate Change Leadership Statement. Read more

Climate Leaders Coalition launch highlights

25 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition

Photos from the event launch

24 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition

Photos of the Climate Leaders Coalition founding leaders, signatories, and the launch event on 12 July 2018. Read more

TIL Logistics Group signatory to Climate Leaders Coalition

17 Jul 2018 | TIL Logistics Group

Source: Scoop
TIL Logistics Group welcomes the stance being taken by the coalition to drive positive change, with CEO Alan Pearson saying: “TIL is proud to be one of the first signatories of the Climate Leaders Coalition. We are committed to working together as part of the coalition to create a sustainable future for New Zealand and make it a great place to live and work - now and for future generations. This not only makes good sense for our country, but also good economic sense for our business.”

Kiwi Property Signs Climate Change Statement

16 Jul 2018 | Kiwi Property

Kiwi Property has today joined more than 60 New Zealand companies to sign the Climate Change Statement and deliver a resounding message to corporate New Zealand and the world – the time is now for affirmative action on climate change.

Synlait takes up climate change challenge

16 Jul 2018 | Synlait

Synlait has signed the CEO Climate Change statement released today by the Climate Leaders Coalition (NZX: SML; ASX: SM1).

Stuff amongst leading Kiwi businesses tackling climate change

16 Jul 2018 | Stuff

On a mission to reduce carbon emissions in New Zealand, 60 CEOs, including Stuff’s Sinead Boucher, have formed the Climate Leaders Coalition with the Sustainable Business Council, signing a joint statement committing their companies to action and demonstrating the role that business can play in bringing about change.

KiwiRail: We can't be complacent on climate change

13 Jul 2018 | Kiwirail

Source: Stuff
KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy was one of 14 New Zealand chief executives who came together last year to look at what they could do about climate change. Along with 59 others, he has signed the CEO Climate Change Statement, aimed at reducing carbon emissions in New Zealand. He explains why.

Climate Leaders Coalition

12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition

KiwiRail joins Climate Leaders Coalition

12 Jul 2018 | KiwiRail

KiwiRail has today committed to help New Zealand move to a low-emissions future, through improving its own operations as well as helping other businesses reach their own sustainability targets. Read more

Business leaders embrace the opportunity of a low-carbon future, says Meridian

12 Jul 2018 | Meridian Energy

Business leaders embrace the opportunity of a low-carbon future, says Meridian. Meridian Energy is proud to be one of 60 businesses that today have signed the CEO Climate Change Statement, the first step taken by the Climate Leaders Coalition to drive positive change. Read more

Watch the launch event on July 12

12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition

Watch the Climate Leaders Coalition launch event, which occurred on July 12, 2018. Read more

From Z to Air New Zealand: New Zealand’s leading businesses take up the climate change challenge

12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition

60 businesses making up nearly fifty percent of New Zealand’s emissions have joined forces to tackle the issue of climate change.

It’s a significant move by the New Zealand business community, being praised as “strong” and “unprecedented” by local and global organisations.

On a mission to reduce emissions in New Zealand, the group of 60 CEOs have formed the Climate Leaders Coalition, recognising the role that business can play in bringing about change and signing a joint statement, which commits their companies to action. Read more

Background on the Climate Leaders Coalition

12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition

Supporting the announcement of the Climate Leaders Coalition and the signing of the CEO Climate Change Statement, the following document has been created to provide an overview of the Coalition, the case for a low emissions economy, and the background of Coalition members, business leaders, and their sentiment and action in this space. Read more

SKYCITY commits to action on climate change

12 Jul 2018 | Skycity

Source: Scoop
SKYCITY Entertainment Group has today joined with other major New Zealand businesses in committing to tackling climate change. Chief Executive Graeme Stephens today signed the Climate Change Statement, officially committing SKYCITY to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with New Zealand’s obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Ravensdown helps kick off Climate Leaders Coalition

12 Jul 2018 | Ravensdown

Ravensdown is one of 60 leading New Zealand businesses whose CEOs have signed a commitment to measure and publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions and work with suppliers to reduce their emissions.

Auckland’s Port joins coalition to fight climate change

12 Jul 2018 | Ports of Auckland

Ports of Auckland Chief Executive Tony Gibson has today joined with the leaders of 60 Kiwi business to fight climate change. "Climate change is the issue of our time, and how we meet this challenge will define us. We can't expect 'The Government' to solve the problem alone, we all have to roll our sleeves up, get stuck in and fix this," said Mr Gibson.

Deloitte joins with other Kiwi businesses committing to ambitious action to address climate change

12 Jul 2018 | Deloitte

Today Deloitte joins the Sustainable Business Council and some of New Zealand’s largest and most influential businesses in demonstrating our support for ambitious action by the private sector to inclusively and equitably address climate change.

Taking a stand on climate change

12 Jul 2018 | 3R

3R Group has signed up to the Climate Leaders Coalition, joining a group of businesses dedicated to “forging a path to create a future that is low-emission, positive for our businesses and economy, and inclusive for all New Zealanders”.

Climate Leaders Coalition explained - an introductory video

12 Jul 2018 | Climate Leaders Coalition