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ERP marks zero carbon milestone for New Zealand

The release of New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan marks a significant milestone in our transition to a zero-carbon future. In his latest video, Mike Burrell reflects on the details of the plan and accompanying announcements made this week.  
Read our media statement in response to the ERP here and the new Centre for Climate Action on Agricultural Emissions here.

How our members are responding to the ERP

Responding to the ERP, Genesis CEO Marc England speaks to RNZ’s Morning Report about the phase out of coal boilers, Silver Fern Farms discusses carbon conscious food production, and thinkstep-anz unpacks the details in their latest blog 

BNZ’s interest incentives for farmers

BNZ’s launched New Zealand’s first Agribusiness Sustainability Linked Loan product which is available to all New Zealand farmers. The loan offers interest savings for achieving environmental and social targets, including climate change and environmental action, staff wellbeing and animal welfare. 

Taranaki could store hydrogen underground

University of Canterbury (UC) research commissioned by Firstgas Group has identified seven depleted oil and gas reservoirs in Taranaki that could store large volumes of green hydrogen. Researchers are optimistic the reservoirs could ultimately store at least 30% of New Zealand’s hydrogen requirements. Read the story or find the full report here.

Mitre10 partnership rolls out electric vehicle charging network

In a national partnership with Mitre10, Australian-based global electric vehicle charging company JOLT will start rolling out a network of free and fast electric vehicle chargers around New Zealand from July. The first fast chargers will initially be installed at stores and retail locations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch before going nationwide over the coming years.

Transpower trials sustainable solution for surplus materials

Transpower’s signed up with the Mutu xChange platform, using the cloud-based system with several other EDBs for an initial trial period to support the reuse and rehoming of surplus materials across the sector. General Manager External Affairs, Raewyn Moss, says the trial is an excellent sustainable solution, increasing Transpower’s ability to get as much value as possible out of its end-of-life assets.

Z Energy acquisition will shift decarbonisation dial

Z Energy’s acquisition by Australian petroleum company Ampol will offer scale, collaboration and, ultimately, more sustainable options for New Zealand motorists according to CEO Mike Bennetts. He says the acquisition enables scale, and supports a move away from fossil to biofuels and other sustainable options such as fast-charging, as well as development opportunities for staff.

Farewell Kate Ferguson

Farewell to our Climate Manager Kate Ferguson, who finishes with SBC today after 7.5 years in the team. Kate’s energy and passion, wealth of institutional knowledge, and deep connections across the membership will all be sorely missed, and we wish her all the best in her new role at Genesis Energy. te Kate!

New SBC Member: Phoenix Metalman Recycling

100% NZ owned Phoenix Metalman Recycling is a metal recycling, resource recovery, demolition and de-construction business – servicing customers across the Engineering & Manufacturing, Automotive, Battery supply, Construction, Demolition, Import, Export, Energy and Waste sectors, as well as the general public. The business is Toitū Envirocare Net Carbon Zero certified.

Climate-friendly commuting options

One car households, transitioning to EVs and more active transport choices are some of the options highlighted by EECA to cut transport emissions and improve your carbon footprint to become a more climate friendly commuter.

2022 NZ HR Awards winners announced

Congratulations to all our members who were recipients of this year’s NZ HR Awards. The awards celebrate outstanding HR professionals and organisations leading meaningful change and best practice across Aotearoa. Check out the 2022 winners here. 

New Stuff series highlights innovative climate change responses

If you’re short of inspiration on how individuals and small business can make a difference on climate change, Stuff has highlighted the outstanding efforts of a range of Kiwis in their new interactive series.

Putting nature at the centre of business

A new KPMG report Demystifying natural capital and biodiversity explores what it means to be nature-positive, and how we can preserve lives, business and economies while resetting our relationship with nature. The report recognises nature has become an economic imperative and explores a range of issues business should consider.

Climate Response Accelerator 2022

This week we highlight Capture6, which is developing and commercialising highly-scalable approaches to remove atmospheric carbon dioxide, right here in Aotearoa. Capture6’s analysis suggests its efforts will compare favourably against many abatement approaches and other direct air carbon capture and sequestration (DACCS) efforts. 

Watch again: Launch of Sustainability Professionals Research 2022

If you missed it, catch up here on last week’s launch of the 2022 Sustainability Professionals Research. Thank you again to the panellists who took part in the launch event, KPMG’s Charles Ehrhart, Christchurch International Airport’s Claire Waghorn, and Toitū Taha Centre for Sustainable Finance’s Bella Conyngham.

Job opportunities 

Sustainable Business Council, Sustainability Lead (Climate & Environment), Auckland or Wellington

Counties Energy, Environmental Advisor, Auckland 
Fonterra, Sustainability Engagement Manager, Auckland
thinkstep-anz, Range of Sustainability roles, Australia and New Zealand

SBC events

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


CLC Masterclass: Climate Minister James Shaw on what the Emissions Reduction Plan means for business   

Online | Thursday 26 May, 10.00 – 11.00am (NZT)  

With the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP) due out in May, join us for a session with the Minister of Climate Change Hon. James Shaw for what the plan means for business. 
The ERP and associated Emissions Budgets will set the direction for climate action through to 2035 in a range of areas including energy, transport, waste, agriculture, construction, and financial services. 
Businesses have a critical role to play in delivering the ERP and this is your opportunity to hear directly from the Minister and ask questions. 
This event is open to CLC signatories and SBC members only. 


Climate Risk Governance Lab Series   

Auckland Central | Four in person workshops from Wednesday 8 June – Tuesday 8 November  

Mandated Climate-related Disclosures hold the Board accountable for ensuring that climate risk is adequately managed. This board-level Climate Risk Governance Lab Series is designed to both empower and enable action, by assisting non-executive directors in their understanding of climate change risk management and the specific roles and responsibilities they hold as influential business leaders.  

The programme consists of four in person workshops  delivered by Deloitte in partnership with Toitū Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance and the Sustainable Business Council. 
Register 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


Budget 2022: Enough of an impact?  

Online | Friday 20 May, 8:30 – 9.30am (NZT) 

Join KPMG thought leaders Charles Ehrhart, Kaapua Smith and Rachel Scott, and keynote speaker Hon James Shaw the morning after Government's Budget announcement, as we share our views and insights on the 2022 Budget and its potential impact for New Zealand and New Zealand businesses. 

Register here

  Carbon Basics with BusinessNZ Network and Toitū Envirocare

Online | Monday 23 May, 12.00 – 1.00pm (NZT)  

Toitū will help New Zealand businesses develop awareness of their carbon footprint, why it is important to measure their emissions, what carbon credits are/how they work and how to set meaningful reductions targets.  

Presented by Shannon Gormley, Toitū Envirocare, Technical Account Manager and Alix McKenzie, Toitū Envirocare, Technical Account Manager 
Register here. If you haven't joined the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau community, sign up here and go to the “Events” section of the community. 


NEW: Directors lens on disclosures webinar

Online | Tuesday 24 May, 5:00 – 6:15pm (NZT)  

What does your organisation need to do to meet the new mandatory climate risk reporting? In Chapter Zero’s May webinar Jonathan Mason, Director of Westpac New Zealand will share practical tips for directors making climate-related disclosures.  

External Reporting Board Chair Michele Embling and Director of Climate Standard Amelia Sharman will also share an overview of the proposed disclosures framework and a deep dive into the Strategy and Metrics and Targets disclosures, along with insights for directors from the recent consultation. 

Find out more information and register here 


NEW: Go Zero Sustainability Bootcamp

3 in person sessions + 3 online sessions| Monday 30 May – Wednesday 15 June 2022  

The Wellington Chamber of Commerce is on a mission to get you moving on your sustainability journey. If you’re a small to medium business they’re offering a Six Session Bootcamp to equip you with all the tools you need to Go Zero. The Go Zero Sustainability Bootcamp has subject specialists presenting workshops both in person and online. For more information about our presenters and the topics covered, see the website here. The Wellington City Council has funded this programme, so 100% of registration fees will be donated to trees that count

Register here or contact Jenna Williams for more information. 


Climate Change Commission International Speaker Series: Integrating emissions pricing with other climate policies  

Climate Change Commission International Speaker Series: Integrating emissions pricing with other climate policies. 

Online | Wednesday 15 June, 12:00 – 1:00pm (NZT) 

Next in the Commission’s international speaker series is Professor Frank Jotzo – who will explore why using emissions pricing alongside other climate policies is an important part of the journey to net zero emissions by 2050. 

Professor Jotzo will be joined by Commissioners Catherine Leining and Andy Reisinger. 

Register here

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

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19 May 2022

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