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ANZLF strengthens partnership

The 14th annual Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum concluded in Sydney with a strong commitment to accelerate joint initiatives in many fields, such as supply chain resilience, innovation and science, climate change, and labour/skill shortages. SBC Executive Director Mike Burrell moderated a session on trans-Tasman opportunities around net zero with Andrew Petersen, Chief Executive of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia. Read more on their thoughts of the role business can play.

Climate Change Poll 2022

78% of New Zealanders agree that climate change is an important issue for them personally, with 91% expecting to see more frequent and extreme flooding events, according to the latest IAG-Ipsos Climate Change Poll
Looking back over their five years of data, IAG found overall, New Zealanders are saying that the importance of this issue is not matched by the leadership, action or progress that is needed if we are all to successfully adapt to the inevitable impacts of our changing climate. 

IAG joins Net-Zero Alliance

IAG has also joined the United Nations-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA) as part of its overall commitment to achieving net zero. NZIA members aim to transition their insurance and reinsurance underwriting portfolios to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Joining the NZIA supports IAG’s Driving to Zero focus area outlined in its Climate and Disaster Resilience Action Plan.

Refreshed program for Climate Change and Business Conference

Alongside the Environmental Defence Society and Climate Leaders Coalition, we’re excited to share the refreshed final programme for this year’s Climate Change & Business Conference. Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this important discussion and hear first hand from businesses leading out on climate action - register now and join us on 19 & 20 September, Aotea Centre, Auckland.

Closing charging gaps

Five new South Island locations will receive EV fast-charging stations in a partnership between Meridian Energy and the Low Emissions Transport Fund. The new charging stations will close key gaps in the public EV charging network to make travel around the South Island more accessible.

Building on change

In the latest ‘moving faster’ blog, thinkstep-anz Technical Director Jeff Vickers argues that manufacturers need to offer lower-carbon options, specifiers need to choose them, and architects need to optimise design and available materials.

Jolie Hodson on TodayFM

Listen to new Climate Leaders Coalition Convenor Jolie Hodson discussing the Coalition’s new goals on TodayFM (she begins speaking at -46:30). 

New member: University of Auckland

Welcome to new SBC member, the University of Auckland. For the fourth year the University has ranked in the top 10 in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, measuring how universities worldwide are performing against the SDGs. The University has a strong commitment to sustainability and making a positive social impact through its partnerships, research, teaching, operations, community engagement and knowledge transfer.

SBC events

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

NEW: Climate Risk Governance Lab Series - Material risk and opportunity 

Online | Wednesday 27 July, 1pm - 3pm 
Join Deloitte, SBC and Toitū Tahua for a session on unpacking double materiality disclosure obligations set out under the XRB’s CRD, with practical guidance on ensuring that your organisation is folding materiality analysis into climate risk assessments. The session will also cover investor expectations on materiality and disclosure, and how to assess your Board’s climate risk governance readiness against international best practice.

RSVP to and find out about the full programme here.


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

International Speaker Series: Climate action in the Pacific Islands with Patricia Mallam 

Online | Thursday 4 August, 12pm - 1pm 
Join Commissioners Dr Tanira Kingi, and Professor James Renwick in hearing from Patricia Mallam, a senior strategic communications professional working at 350 Pacific, a youth-led grassroots movement working with communities to fight climate change on the frontline of the climate crisis in Fiji. This session will cover what the crisis means for the Pacific Islands, and how Aotearoa can work together with its Pacific neighbours on climate change. Register here.

Fair Enough? with Anthem and Talbot Mills Research 

The Commons, 1 Albert St Auckland | Monday 22 August, 5 - 7pm
Join Anthem and Talbot Mills Research as they kick off their new event series, Fair Enough? This event will be an in-person discussion on the topicIs it fair for houses to be built, bought or sold in areas that are known to be adversely affected by climate change?” David Talbot will take you through the research insights, followed by a discussion with Fletcher Building CEO Steve Evans, NZ Banking Association CEO Roger Beaumont, Insurance Council of NZ CEO Tim Grafton, and Tower Insurance CEO Blair Turnbull, moderated by Anthem’s co-founder Carolyn Kerr. RSVP by 22 August to 

Introducing ‘All Things Carbon’ webinar series 

Online Webinar Series | Wednesday 18 July – Friday 12 August  

Join BusinessNZ Network, Deta, Ekos, thinkstep-anz, and Toitū in a collaboration for the upcoming ‘All Things Carbon’ webinar series. Kicking off with the first in this 5-part series is ‘Measure’ a spotlight on all things to do with carbon measurement. This will be followed by weekly features on verify; reduce; offset; and finally, climate positive/ SBTIs. Come to all five, just one or a few, it’s up to you. Register now at the following links for: Part 1 – Measure, Part 2 – Verify, Part 3 – Reduce, Part 4 – Offset, Part 5 – Climate Positive and SBTIs

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

Please send Pānui stories (30 words plus image) to: by Weds 12pm. 

14 July 2022

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