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No more coal for Silver Fern Farms

Silver Fern Farms has committed to ending coal use across its plants by 2030, ahead of Government targets. Silver Fern Farms secured Government funding in April through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority enabling it to fast-track plans for its plants at Christchurch and Balclutha, which will see it halve its coal consumption by 2023. 

Powering up with organic waste 

Fonterra, Beca, Firstgas Group and EECA have undertaken a study which found that organic waste is a viable alternative to New Zealand’s residential gas supplies, with potential to replace nearly 20% of the country's total gas usage by 2050. Fonterra already has biodigesters at its Tirau and Darfield sites, working to process fats and proteins in wastewater, cleaning it, and creating a gas that can save up to 19 times the emissions. Read the full report.

Green, keen, and clean: Ecostore

Ecostore's general manager of supply chain Tony Morpeth features in the latest episode of the 'This Climate Business' podcast, discussing the company's eco-cleaner and how Ecostore can stay ahead of the competition in sustainability.

Waste Management Wellington 

Waste Management’s Wellington team has taken over the Hutt City Council waste and recycling contract with four new EV trucks. Currently in transit, the trucks' arrival will make Wellington the home of Waste Management’s largest EV fleet in New Zealand. 

Suncorp's community partnerships key to customer support

Suncorp New Zealand shares the work it is doing to support customers experiencing vulnerability in this video, acknowledging the vital role its community partners play in providing customers support at difficult times. 

Te Ara Tupua Alliance launches at Te Tatau o Te Pō Marae

Representatives of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Downer NZ, HEB Construction, Tonkin + Taylor and iwi mana whenua have marked a key milestone, forming the Te Ara Tupua Alliance. Te Ara Tupua is a project to create a walking and cycling link between Wellington and Lower Hutt, enabling more environmentally-friendly transport route options.

Reporting corner: Lion

Lion Co has released its 2020 Sustainability Report, highlighting the progress it is making in emissions and water use reductions, and the success of its Alcohol&Me programme in keeping Kiwis safe when they drink. One of Lion's key achievements last year was becoming New Zealand's first large-scale, Toitū carbonzero certified beverage company.

Welcoming the guiding principles of the ERP

The five guiding principles of the Emissions Reduction Plan, announced yesterday, were a clear pathway for business, a just transition, a commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a science-led approach, and nature-focused solutions. At SBC we have made a just transition a key pillar of our strategy to ensure the future is positive for all New Zealanders, and we look forward to working with government to achieve this. "Having assurance that a policy framework will be signalled early and with cross-party consensus is essential for New Zealand businesses working to reduce their emissions," says Mike Burrell.

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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 | Wednesday & Thursday, 13 - 14 October

SBC, CLC and EDS are partnering to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year, focused on the central role of the business sector in decarbonising Aotearoa. Registration is open now.

SBC member events

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


New Zealand Energy Scenarios webinars

Online | Friday 9, 16, 23, 30 July 2021, 12pm

Each Friday in July, from 12pm-1pm, BEC and EECA will be co-hosting a series of five online webinars focusing on the sectors represented in the New Zealand Energy Scenarios. There will also be time for Q&A with the TIMES-NZ 2.0 team. Register for one or all the webinars here.


The Ying and Yang of sustainability: Value creation and risk

Online | Tuesday 13 July, 3pm

Value creation and risk are essential elements to balanced reporting — the Yin and Yang of sustainability strategy. Martin Fryer, thinkstep-anz, will share first-hand insights from his experience developing Integrated Reports and TCFD reporting, two processes which require reporting on risks and opportunities. Register here.

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

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8 July 2021

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