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Better Futures 2021 launched

Colmar Brunton’s Better Futures report, in conjunction with SBC, has just been released. The report reveals New Zealanders are anxious about the cost of living and housing affordability in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. On a positive note, Kiwis’ commitment to sustainability continues to gain momentum with 36% of Kiwis committed to living a sustainable lifestyle. You can watch the replay of the launch event here.

Kicking out carbon emissions 

Meridian Energy has started work with three New Zealand companies targeting the removal of more than 15,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from their process heat production per annum, through the Process Heat Electrification Programme. It's the equivalent of removing over 8,000 cars from the road, and 'shows there’s a willingness from businesses to embrace electricity as the energy source of the future,' says CE Neal Barclay.

Profile: Laurette Siemonek

Laurette has joined the SBC team as our principal adviser on climate action.  As part of this role, she will take over from Emily Townsend at the end of this month as Climate Leaders Coalition programme managerLaurette spent the last three years seconded to the office of Hon. James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change, advising on climate change policy.

New member profile: NZTE

Te Taurapa Tūhono | New Zealand Trade and Enterprise is the New Zealand government's international business development agency, supporting New Zealand exporters in order to grow a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy.

SBC events

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


Leading the Charge: The CFO Climate & Sustainability 2021 Programme
Auckland | Monday 15 March
The CFO and Sustainability training programme is open to Pānui subscribers. Developed in partnership with Deloitte, this short course empowers CFOs to take the lead in managing climate change risk. It builds on our 2020 pilot programme developed specifically at the request of CFOs and shaped by their insights.
Register and more information 


BCSDA Trans-Tasman event
Online | 2pm, Wednesday 31 March
Join us for the launch of a new Trans-Tasman initiative where we will engage on business and sustainability issues with our Australian colleagues. Register and find out more here.

Other sustainability events


HRNZ Virtual Summit

Online | 9am - 1:30pm, Thursday 18 March
HRNZ's first Virtual Summit for 2021 is focused on navigating your workplace through Covid-19, bringing a range of speakers, panel sessions and workshops to help businesses build a workplace roadmap for the changes associated with the pandemic. More information and how to register.



An audience with Lord Deben – Chair of the UK Committee on Climate Change

Online | 8pm - 9pm, Wednesday 17 March
Join Lord Deben – Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change – and Commissioner Dr Harry Clark as they discuss the importance of timely climate action and how change can be achieved.

Register here.



Webinar invite: Net Zero Grid Pathways

Online | 4pm - 5pm, Monday 22 March
Transpower's Net Zero Grid Pathways work programme is a series of initiatives, together ensuring the national grid can support an increasing balance of renewable generation and growing electrification. This webinar updates the conversation around those initiatives. Register here.


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

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