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Countdown's greenest store ever

Countdown has opened the doors to its new environmentally-friendly store, the first supermarket in New Zealand to be accredited by internationally recognised rating system Green Star. Located in Nelson, the store was constructed using recycled demolition waste, achieving an 86% reduction in construction waste to landfill. The Nelson store is the first to use a raft of new systems to reduce carbon emissions, making it their "greenest store ever."

Stuff's new, free email course   

Stuff has launched Now or Never, a short weekly newsletter course sharing tips and new habits that communities and households can introduce right now to cut their carbon footprints. The newsletter launch coincides with the release of the June Forever Project magazine, which explores the steps Stuff will take to collectively cut its carbon over the next five years.

Q&A: Helene Pacalin, Toitū

"Quite often companies are worried about communicating anything until they’re five to 10 years down the line. I think that’s incorrect. It’s a journey." A great Britomart interview with Toitū Envirocare's Helene Pacalin about helping businesses work through their zero carbon journey.

IAG reveals public attitudes to climate change

Two weeks ago, IAG held the second in a series of events focused on climate change adaptation. At the event the team released the results of their fourth annual climate change opinion poll, which focused more this year on people’s expectations of businesses and the questions around who pays. Results of the survey can be found here. IAG's work was also featured in this piece in Stuff on climate adaptation.

Join SBC: Communications Manager

Here's an awesome opportunity to join us at SBC - we are searching for a Communications Manager with 10+ years of experience to lead our small communications team and maximise strategies, events, engagement, and media. Check out the position here, and contact if it sounds like the perfect role for you. Applications will close 5 July. 

New UK COP26 global project

The UK COP26 Presidency has announced a new international collaboration, 'Visions for a Net Zero' to develop and showcase evidence-based visions of what a climate-resilient net zero future would look like for six regions of the world. The six ‘Visions’ will be shared as part of the Science & Innovation Theme Day at COP26.

Tourism Summit Aotearoa 2021

This year, TIA's Tourism Summit Aotearoa will be held in Hamilton on 1 September, with a day of discussions on workforce, wellbeing and the sustainable future of the tourism industry. The Tourism Awards will be held later that evening. Registrations are open here.

Become a sponsor of the Climate Change & Business Conference

Take the opportunity to be involved in New Zealand's most prestigious climate and business conference by becoming a sponsor of the 2021 Climate Change & Business Conference. Please contact for a copy of the sponsorship prospectus and to discuss opportunities. Don't forget to register for the conference here.

New member: Rentokil Initial

Welcome to new SBC member Rentokil Initial, service providers of Pest Control, Hygiene and Tropical Plants. For Rentokil Initial, being a responsible and sustainable business means helping colleagues to have safe and fulfilling work lives, supporting customers by developing and delivering products and services responsibly, and benefiting society and the environment.

Job opportunities 

SBC - Communications Manager, Wellington.
Meridian - Sustainability Lead, Wellington.
Ministry for the Environment - Senior Analyst - International Climate Change, nationwide.

SBC events

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


SBC webinar with Ministry for the Environment 

Online | Monday 28 June, 12pm - 2pm

Learn more about the ERP with the Ministry for the Environment in a Zoom workshop on Monday, 28 June 12pm-2pm. Registrations are now closed, and attendees have been sent the Zoom link and agenda. Please email with any queries.


Climate Change and Business Conference 

Aotea Centre, Auckland | Wednesday & Thursday, 13 - 14 October

SBC, CLC and EDS are partnering to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year, focused on the central role of the business sector in decarbonising Aotearoa. Registration is open now.

SBC member events

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


New Zealand Energy Scenarios webinars

Online | Friday 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 2021, 12pm

Each Friday in July, from 12pm-1pm, BEC and EECA will be co-hosting a series of five online webinars focusing on the sectors represented in the New Zealand Energy Scenarios. There will also be time for Q&A with the TIMES-NZ 2.0 team. Register for one or all the webinars here.

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

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24 June 2021

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