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Absolutely positively climate   

Toitū has launched a new product, climate positive certification, for organisations wanting to set new ambitions in sustainability. Emma Lewisham and Ecoware are the first two New Zealand companies to embrace this new standard.

New member profile: Quadrent 

Quadrent’s vision is to create a different more sustainable future by transforming how technology is used. Quadrent is helping some of New Zealand’s largest organisations to reduce e-waste and to meet their ESG commitments through sustainable technology lifecycle services including leasing and finance, asset management and lease compliance.

What's COP got to do with it? 

As the world gears up for COP26 in Glasgow, and media attention grows, Kate Wilson Butler shares some thoughts about why the UN Climate Conference matters for business action and the "ambition loop".

Race to Zero: thinkstep-anz

As part of the Race to Zero thinkstep-anz was the first company in New Zealand to commit to the Business Ambition for 1.5° campaign. It has published tips on where other organisations can join.

2021 Diversity Awards winners 

At the first digital only Diversity Awards NZ™, supported by CCA NZ, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise won the Leadership Award for a Medium-Large Organisation, with Downer Highly Commended, and Manatū mo te Taiao Ministry for the Environment won the Mātauranga Māori Award for a Medium-Large Organisation. Both EY and Ministry for the Environment were finalists for the Inclusive Workplace Award.

Vector/X collaborate to innovate 

Vector has formed a strategic collaboration with X, (formerly Google X) to work together on the virtualisation of the Auckland electricity grid, in an example of innovation that can help decarbonise and decentralise the electricity system.

High interest in green hydrogen

Meridian and Contact Energy’s Southern Green Hydrogen project has attracted more than 80 responses to its registration of interest process. There is a strong focus on using green hydrogen produced from renewable energy for export and also to decarbonise carbon-intensive sectors including heavy transport, aviation, shipping and agriculture in New Zealand. 
WBSCD has recently published recommendations to help policy makers enable creation of global hydrogen markets.

National Action Plan on Plastics

The Ministry for the Environment released The National Plastics Action Plan on 17 September, to help us speed up our transition to a low-carbon circular economy.


To mark International Coffee Day on 1 October, Fair Trade are spreading the love for fair trade coffee with some coffee-related giveaways.    

SBC events

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


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


Global Women Impact Series 

Online | Wednesday 6 October, 2pm
Andrea Thompson, Catapult joins Amanda Ellis, Mavis Mullins and Dr Caralee McLeish to discuss the UN SDGs, sustainability leadership development and a Te Ao Māori perspective. 
Register now


NEW: Clean energy in the transition to net zero
Online | Tuesday 12 October, 8 – 9 PM NZDT
 The Climate Change Commission and energy economist Michael Liebreich will explore the past, present and future of the global transition to clean energy. This session will look at what a net zero emissions energy system looks like, the role of governments in harnessing and driving innovation, and opportunities for Aotearoa in this space. Register now


NEW: Auckland Climate Festival
Online | 12  31 October
SBC and CLC members will be speaking at multiple events during the festival, including how businesses can calculate and reduce their carbon footprint, what will we do with EV batteries, kai sovereignty, circular economy, and calculating carbon sequestration. More information


Future-Fit Business Benchmark: Leading the way
Auckland CBD | 19  20 October
 Proxima offer a two-day course in how to use the Future-Fit Business Benchmark: an open-source strategic management tool that defines 100% sustainable, informs decision-making and enables practical implementation of the SDGs.
Register now


Auckland and online | 11 12 November
Panels include The Sustainability Imperative, The Future of Energy, and The Primacy of Trust. More information


NEW: Net Zero New Zealand: The Emissions Workshop
Wellington and online | 2 December 
Get practical emissions reduction advice from the organisations actually doing it. The event features international experts and local leaders from across New Zealand, including the retail, logistics, councils, food and beverage, iwi, government, finance and energy sectors. More information

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

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30 September 2021

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