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Season’s greetings 

In our final edition of Pānui for 2021, SBC Executive Director Mike Burrell signs off by reflecting on some highlights from the past year. SBC will be closed 23 Dec to 5 Jan, and Pānui will resume in mid-January. Best wishes for a happy and restful holiday to all of our members from the team at SBC.

Unwrapping new climate initiatives 

Recent Government announcements include a new Climate Emergency Response Fund to spend $4.5 billion from the ETS on meeting climate goals, a new Sustainable Biofuels Mandate, to require fuel wholesalers to deploy biofuels as a part of their fuel supply to cut emissions from 2023, and an extension of road user charge exemptions for light Electric Vehicles until 31 March 2024.

Welcome back Kate Ferguson

This week we welcome back Kate Ferguson, our Climate Manager, after a year on parental leave. Kate is looking forward to connecting with members next year and wishes everyone a rejuvenating holiday.

What next for lowering emissions in NZ?

Peter Simons, MD DB Breweries, looks at three fundamental focus areas for New Zealand to make a world-leading transition to a low-carbon economy. Peter has been a valued Board member and Climate Leaders Coalition signatory. We wish him bon voyage at Christmas and all the best in his new role at Heineken in Europe.

Brighter future for climate action

Toitū Envirocare has recognised seven top performing clients for reducing their carbon footprint and minimising environmental impacts with the Toitū Brighter Future Awards, including: 
KPMG New Zealand: Climate Action - medium organisation, Counties-Manukau Health: Climate Action - large organisation, Silver Fern Farms for Climate Action +50k tonnes organisation and the top reducer (volume) categories, and Toyota Financial Services for Environmental Management.

SBTs - Tips from a telco

Spark New Zealand shares its experience setting a science-based target and how a target can help drive reductions in emissions in this thinkstep-anz article.  

Kerbside waste into renewable gas

Firstgas Group and Ecogas are celebrating New Zealand’s first large-scale biogas project, transforming organic kerbside waste into renewable biomethane gas. Once completed, the plant will supply the equivalent of 9,000 homes and businesses, eliminating more than 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. 

Global sustainability story-telling

NZTE works directly with exporters, helping them tell their sustainability story to world markets, and has refreshed its sustainability content online with new resources

Our air includes WHO guidelines   

The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ have published Our air 2021, with the latest data on NZ's air quality. This report includes analysis of the World Health Organization 2021 air quality guidelines released on 23 Sept.

Reporting corner

Wright Communications has released its 2021 Sustainability Report, building on several years of publishing clients’ sustainability reports.
Mindful Fashion NZ's first Sustainability Insights Report baselines 2021 industry sustainability across climate action, materials, waste and worker welfare, based on a member survey.

Leading Women Awards open

WBCSD's Leading Women Awards recognise outstanding female leaders and their work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This video has more on WBCSD’s approach to progress this work with members and partners. Nominations are open until 9 January 2022.

SBC events

We are monitoring Covid-19 developments closely and will advise of any changes to upcoming events.


Sustainability Leadership Programme taster webinar
 Online | Thursday 10 February, 10 – 11am (NZT)
Looking to turbo-charge your sustainability skills? Applications are now open to SBC and CLC members for our flagship leadership programme, created and delivered in partnership with Catapult. Join our free webinar on 10 February to hear from previous participants and find out more about whether this programme is right for you.

Register now


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | 3  –  4 March 2022
The conference, delivered by SBC, CLC and EDS, will focus on the concrete action business is taking to accelerate the pathway to net zero by 2050. Registration and more information.

Other events


Back to Business
National Library Wellington | Wednesday 16 February, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Save the Date for the BusinessNZ annual Back to Business event. A formal invite will be sent in 2022. 

More about SBC events. For other low emissions events, see the Climate Leaders Coalition events calendar.

Please send Pānui stories (30 words plus image) to: by Weds 12pm. 

16 December 2021

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