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Five years of climate action 

Z Energy Chief Executive Mike Bennetts reflects on his five years as Convenor of the Climate Leaders Coalition, from its beginning with 12 founding members to now almost 100 signatories committing to more ambitious climate change action.

Plastic free with the Warehouse

The 2022 Better Futures Report revealed New Zealanders' personal commitment to living sustainably continues on an upward trend. The Warehouse Group has a unique position as the largest general merchandiser to help people live and buy more sustainably, and in this article it shares the solutions it has implemented to cut down plastic use and provide sustainable buying options. 

Upgrades increase power for Genesis 

The first of three new generators for Genesis’ Tuai Power Station was switched on last week, an upgrade that will boost the plant’s electricity production by enough energy to power an extra 1000 homes. Once Tuai’s other two generators are replaced, the total upgrade project will increase the power station’s generation capacity by 6MW. Check out the timelapse video of the project here.

Hikotron going nationwide 

Mercury is supporting Hamilton start-up Hikotron in its rollout of a New Zealand-made smart AC charging network for electric vehicles, starting with 500 public charge points by 2026. The partnership is for an initial three-year period and considers electricity supply, joint brand and marketing and broader EV charging initiatives.

New ETS advice welcomed

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has welcomed new advice from the Climate Change Commission on Emissions Trading Scheme settings, which you can read here.

Next Generation scholarships

The Climate Change and Business Conference Next Generation Scholarship applications are now open. Sponsored by thinkstep-anz, these scholarships entitle the recipients to a full registration to attend the 2022 Climate Change and Business Conference: Now to Net Zero. The scholarships are available to 18-30 year-olds with a demonstrable interest in and/or affiliation with the role of business in relation to climate change. Find out more. 

Reporting corner: Lion

Lion has released its 2021 sustainability report, outlining its 2030 vision as a force for good and demonstrating its progress against a series of ambitious targets. You can read the report here. 

New member: Pāmu

Welcome to new SBC member, Pāmu. Pāmu is the brand name for Landcorp Farming Limited, a State-Owned Enterprise with a nationwide portfolio of farms that produce milk, beef, lamb, wool, and venison along with forestry and horticulture. Pāmu stands for best practice in sustainable and safe farming, and for the unique provenance of New Zealand foods, nutrition products and fibre on global markets. 

Job opportunities 

Air New Zealand, Sustainability Consultant, Auckland.
Akina, Procurement Lead and Impact Consultant, Auckland.
Auckland Council, Sustainability and Resilience Advisor, Auckland.
Waka Kotahi, Principal Advisor Environment and Sustainability, Auckland or Wellington.
MfE, Analyst/Senior Analyst Climate Change, flexible location.

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 | 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.

NEW: Understanding climate reporting with thinkstep-anz and the XRB  

Online | Thursday 16 August, 3:30pm NZST 
Declarations, disclosures and climate reporting can be tricky to understand. Abbreviations fly around, and which framework should you use? Join thinkstep-anz and experts from the New Zealand External Reporting Board (XRB) in this webinar series to help explain Aotearoa New Zealand’s forthcoming climate standards. The XRB’s Director Sustainability Reporting, Dr Amelia Sharman, and Technical Advisor – GHG Emissions, Judy Ryan, will join thinkstep-anz CEO Barbara Nebel for the presentation. Register here.

NEW: Energy101 Carbon Markets  

Online | Wednesday 17 August, 11am - 12pm 
Join the BusinessNZ Energy Council for the second sessions of their Energy101 series looking at carbon markets. Hear from the expert panel as they delve into what a carbon market is, the relationship with carbon credits, and compliance with the NZ ETS. As we look to the future, can carbon markets reduce emissions, and what changes can be made to improve them? The panellists include Matt Dowie, Climate Change Director at EY, Shane Dinnan, Head of Energy Markets at NZX, and Nigel Brunel, Head of Commodities at Jarden. 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. 

28 July 2022

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