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Renewable energy park for Chch  

Christchurch Airport has announced it will use 400 hectares of land to generate renewable energy. Stage one will deliver a 220-hectare solar array able to generate 150 megawatts – enough for 30,000 homes, or about 20% of Christchurch’s current residential electricity use.

Welcome to Mandira Shailaj 

We’re pleased to welcome Mandira as SBC’s summer intern. Having completed an undergraduate biological science degree, Mandira is undertaking a Masters of Climate Change Science and Policy. She is passionate about mitigating climate impacts and accelerating the transition to a low carbon future.

Cutting infrastructure carbon  

WSP in New Zealand has committed to halving the carbon footprint of its infrastructure designs and advice by 2030. The company sees the biggest contribution it can make to 2050 net zero ambitions is working with clients and partners to halve the carbon footprint of infrastructure designs and advice. WSP has already made the commitment in the UK, Denmark and Sweden.

Making EV charging smoother

Genesis Energy is working with Christchurch-based company Evnex to trial new EV smart charging technology. Evnex’s smart charger can safely reduce overnight charging to a few hours and communicate with the grid to smooth demand. Charging accessibility is seen as a key to boosting EVs from 30,000 now to 1.5m by 2035.

Thriving through to 2022

From webinars to shared knowledge platforms, podcasts and ERP responses, our Thriving People Manager Rob Perry reflects on his top five highlights for 2021, and looks forward to what’s coming up in 2022.

Every claim a silver lining

AMI customers replacing damaged items after a claim can now choose to donate their used, but still useable, goods to community housing provider, Habitat for Humanity New Zealand.

Sustainability Leadership for NfP

Catapult is delighted to be offering scholarships for the Not for Profit sector on the 2022 Sustainability Leadership Programme, giving Not for Profit leaders the skills, confidence and connections for your organisation, community and planet to thrive now and into the future. 

Awards season

CoGo and NZ Post were recognised for their climate action in the Sustainable Business Network 2021 Awards last week, with CoGo winning the Climate Action Innovator category and New Zealand Post commended in the Climate Action Leader category.
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited won the Public sector and non-listed category, and Transpower New Zealand the Newcomer category, in the CPA Australia Integrated Reporting Awards New Zealand
And Christchurch International Airport Ltd was a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards for both the Tourism New Zealand Industry Collaboration Award and the Toitū Envirocare Environment Award.

Mind the reporting gap 

thinkstep-anz looks at the closing gap between EU sustainability and financial reporting, with a looming impact for Australian and New Zealand businesses too. In this webinarCaroline Lambert, Head of Trade for the Delegation of the EU to Aotearoa New Zealand, outlines the EU’s new rules for company reporting and disclosure. 

Reporting corner

Earlier this year OCS achieved Toitū carbonzero certification across both its Australian and New Zealand businesses. Read more in their latest sustainability report. And Synlait Milk's third sustainability report shows how they achieved a significant improvement in the milk nutrition company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Growing regenerative food production 

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development and partners have announced Regen10, an ambitious collective action plan to scale regenerative food production systems, worldwide within a decade. The initiative involves more than 500 million farmers, with about USD $60 billion per year deployed to finance the transition.

Watch again: Taking the Lead series: Partnerships post COP26 

Last week we heard from Professor Jan Peter Balkenende (Prime Minister of the Netherlands 2002-10; Chair of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition), discussing what Aotearoa-New Zealand can learn from the Netherlands in developing successful private-civil-government partnerships to ensure a just transition. Watch again.  

Closing the Pacific pay gap

In 2022, the Thriving People programme will be exploring how to lift the living standard of employees. One of the central topics is the pay gap. The Human Rights Commission last week hosted an event exploring how to close the Pacific pay gap. Watch again

Job opportunities 

B Lab Australia & New Zealand -  Aotearoa-New Zealand Manager

New Zealand Productivity Commission - Inquiry Director 

Transpower - Sustainability Analyst

SBC events

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


New: What New Zealand business can learn from COP26 
 Online | Friday 3 December, 11am – 12pm (NZT)
Hear from Warehouse Group Chief Sustainability Officer David Benattar and other Kiwi climate action leaders as they discuss the COP26 Insights Report outlining New Zealand’s transition to Net Zero. Joining the panel will be Mike Burrell – Executive Director, SBC, Dave Rouse – Founder, CarbonClick, Andrea Blair – President of the International Geothermal Association and co-founder of Upflow, and Craig Weise – CEO, NZ Green Investment Finance.

Register now


New: 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

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

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02 December 2021

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