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Latest IPCC report - 'it's now or never' 

The latest IPCC report on mitigation of climate change serves as yet another urgent reminder for climate action, outlining 'it's now or never' when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions if we are to give the world a change of limiting future warming to 1.5 degrees. Read the full report here.

SBC is looking forward to seeing the detail of the Government's first Emissions Reduction Plan, due out next month. 

Energy independence for NZ 

In this NZ Herald piece Genesis CEO, and interim SBC Advisory Board Chair, Marc England writes that the Ukraine war's effect on energy supplies and prices has focused many countries on the need for energy independence, saying New Zealand is better placed than most to reach this goal. 

Christchurch Airport: Creating space for future generations

As we build towards the Climate Change and Business Conference, we continue to showcase businesses leading out on climate action. Hear from Christchurch Airport about how they're putting people and a just transition at the heart of their planning for a low-emissions future. Register to join Christchurch Airport at the Conference, taking place 19-20 September in Auckland.  

Adaptation and building resilience to climate change 

With the Government due to release its draft National Adaptation Plan for consultation this month, SBC's Principal Advisor Climate Action and CLC Manager Laurette Siemonek reflects on the criticality of adaptation, the work SBC and CLC are already doing in this space, as well as the upcoming engagement process for developing a joint response to the plan.

Toyota welcomes new partner 

Toyota New Zealand is taking major steps to prepare itself for an innovative future including the areas of circular economy and environmental innovation, through the appointment of a new partner, Louise Aitken.

Making travel more accessible

Air New Zealand and Auckland Airport are ensuring that travelers with disabilities can have a smoother, more accessible experience in the airport and aircraft by implementing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyard programme. 

Moving Beyond Diversity 

Following SBC's 2021 Thriving People 'Moving Beyond Diversity' series of Hui, SBC speaks to CLC Signatory Watercare's Larisa Kamysheva about how this important mahi is continuing to thrive within their organisation. Check out the interview here.

Farewell Nic 

SBC is farewelling our Communications Adviser Nic Blanchard who is moving back to her hometown of Dunedin. All the best Nic, and thank you for all the important mahi you have contributed over the last year, we will miss you! 

Are you a well-known commerce brand?

Kantar wants to interview e-commerce managers/experts within large businesses to understand the experiences and challenges related to adopting e-commerce amongst NZ merchants. Learnings will be used to identify potential opportunities to assist the future utilisation of e-commerce. Online interviews will take 45 minutes and be incentivised with $90 cash or a charity donation. Contact for more information. 

Climate Response Accelerator 2022 

This week we profile Solid, one of the teams participating in the 2022 Climate Response Accelerator. Solid make sustainable toothpaste and oral care products, pushing the boundaries of what sustainable oral care can look like. 

Nominating Committee vacancy - Climate Change Commission 

Minister of Climate Change James Shaw has opened a call for nominations to fill the vacancy created by Dean Moana's retirement from the Nominating Committee for the Climate Change Commission. Position specifications can be found here. Queries can be sent to Nominations close 13 April. 

Board vacancy - Environmental Protection Authority 

Minister for the Environment David Parker has opened a call for nominations to fill an upcoming vacancy on the EPA Board, replacing Gerda Kuschel who is retiring. Position specification can be found here. Queries can be sent to Nominations close 22 April. 

Job opportunities 

EnviroNZ: Sustainability Manager, Auckland. 
Fonterra: Environmental Adviser and Sustainable Dairying Adviser, Southland/Invercargill.

SBC events

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


NEW: CLC Masterclass Series - Using TCFD to assess and disclose your climate change risks and opportunities  

Online | Thursday 28 April, 10am - 11am (NZT)

Join us for the launch of our monthly CLC Masterclass Series to help signatories and SBC members make faster progress in their climate action.
With Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (modelled off the TCFD Framework) to be mandatory for the country's largest financial and insurance market participants from 2023, as well as a proposed requirement of the Coalition's new Statement of Ambition being consulted on, hear from Meridian Energy's Head of Sustainability Tina Frew with insights from practical experience leading Meridian's Climate-Related Financial Disclosure process.
Regardless of where you are on the journey, this is a session focused on those interested in embedding climate-related financial disclosure processes in their organisation.
This event is open to CLC signatories and SBC members only.


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | 19 - 20 September 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


Germany - New Zealand Energy Dialogue | Information Session

 on H2Global 
Online | Tuesday 12 April, 6pm - 7:30pm

The German-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce is holding an information session on the H2Global program, a funding instrument developed by the German government to support the rapid market ramp-up of hydrogen and Power-to-X value chains internationally. Register here 


Launch: Circular Economy Directory
Online | Tuesday 12 April, 12:30pm

Join the Sustainable Business Network for the launch of its Circular Economy Directory, which will connect businesses seeking circular solutions to businesses that can help design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use and regenerate nature. Register here 


International Speaker Series: Adaptation and resilience 

to climate change 
Online | Wednesday 27 April, 7-8pm

The Climate Change Commission welcomes global climate expert Professor Sam Fankhauser for the first international speaker series of 2022 to share how the UK has approached adaptation to date, and what's important for us to learn here in Aotearoa as we turn our focus more towards adaptation. Register here


Using input-output LCA to measure your carbon footprint

Online | Thursday 28 April, 3pm

Join thinkstep-anz and Michael Burgess from Fletcher Building in this webinar on using Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment to calculate emissions factors for carbon footprints. Register here


Discover B4SI: Maximising Social Impact (APAC)  

Online | Tuesday 3 May, 2pm - 3pm 

Join Corporate Citizenship for this webinar introducing the B4SI Framework. This will enable you to measure the impact of your activities in society using the B4SI Framework, a defacto industry-leading standard which is used by over 200 of the biggest companies around the world. Register here.

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

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7 April 2022

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