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Milk-E leads the way

New Zealand’s first electric milk tanker has been welcomed into Fonterra’s fleet. Dubbed Milk-E, the tanker was built in Fonterra’s Morrinsville factory with co-funding from the Government’s Low Emissions Transport Fund, and is a huge step forward in Fonterra’s fleet decarbonisation work.

Hydrogen power for NZ Post

NZ Post has secured its first hydrogen-powered fuel cell truck which will take over from one of its emissions-heavy trucks to save 1701 tonnes of CO2 per year. The Hyundai XCIENT Fuel Cell truck was unveiled by NZ Post at an event attended by Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods, and is a key part of the company’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.

ETS changes announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced that the country's biggest polluters will have to do more to help meet climate targets due to changes the Government is making to "decade-old settings that have allocated far too many free climate pollution credits to New Zealand’s largest emitters." Adjustments to industrial allocation settings will remove a major obstacle to industrial decarbonisation and the proper functioning of the country’s carbon market. 

Dealing with building waste

What gets thrown away in the construction sector can account for up to 50% of all waste generated in the country, and about half of it is thought to be reusable or recyclable. That's where EnviroWaste NZ comes in, sharing how it helps NZ businesses be more constructive with their building waste.

Net zero in the cloud

New Zealand’s only local cloud provider, Catalyst Cloud, has taken action to reduce its carbon footprint by attaining Toitū net carbonzero certification. It means government agencies now have a local government approved, carbon-zero cloud provider to support them to reach their emission reduction targets.

Doing our bit with EECA

EECA shares 6 ways you can help with climate change, from improving the energy efficiency of your home to understanding how environmentally friendly your investments are.

Reporting Corner: OJIFS

Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS) recently published its second annual Modern Slavery Statement, outlining actions taken to safeguard against human rights abuses, including staff training and supplier assessments. As part of continuous improvement in this area, OjiFS also updated its Supplier Code of Conduct.

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. 

New member: SG Fleet

Welcome to new SBC member, SG Fleet, New Zealand’s leading provider of vehicle leasing and fleet management services for all kinds of businesses. SG Fleet’s eStart Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Plan helps consumers transition to a zero emission vehicle fleet by offering an end-to-end solution including goal assessments, infrastructure upgrades and installation of charging points.

Job opportunities 

Ministry for the Environment, Waste Infrastructure Manager, flexible location.
Auckland Council, Low Carbon Specialist, Auckland.

SBC events

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

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

New: Chapter Zero New Zealand Director lens on climate risk and opportunity

Online | Thursday 28 July, 5pm - 6:15pm NZST 
Join Chapter Zero New Zealand for a deep dive into Principle 4 of the World Economic Forum Climate Governance Principles: Material risk and opportunity assessment. This webinar will share a practical approach to using data and insights to make risk assessments, discuss incorporating climate scenarios into decision making by boards, and will explore outcomes from effective climate risk assessment. The session will be hosted by Rikki Stancich, Director – Climate & Sustainability at Deloitte, and will feature a panel conversation with directors from the tourism sector, Laurissa Cooney, Chair of Tourism Bay of Plenty and Co-Chair NZ Visitor Economy Adaptation Roadmap; and Jan Hunt, Chair of Skyline Enterprises and Tourism New Zealand board member. Register here.

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. 

21 July 2022

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