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COP26: It’s a wrap

Our Climate Action team cover what you need to know about the outcomes from COP26, and Rod Oram reports on the final hours of action on the ground in Glasgow and reflects on his learnings from COP26. We will be holding a members-only webinar at 1pm this Friday for insights from participants on what comes next. 

Members leading on climate

Setting a Science Based Target and playing an active role in the Climate Leaders Coalition - reduction efforts by NZ Post, Spark, Ports of Auckland and Fonterra are showcased in this Stuff article triggered by the recent CLC 3rd anniversary snapshot report.

On board FutureFit in Business 

Spark, NZ Post and ASB are among the businesses encouraging staff to use Auckland Council’s FutureFit tool to measure and reduce their personal carbon footprint – so far saving the equivalent of 13,600 Auckland-Wellington car trips.

Tracking emissions from power use

Transpower offshoot Energy Market Services (EMS) has launched a service tracking the real time carbon emissions intensity of the electricity system. The tracker means energy retailers can give every consumer an accurate emissions record based on their power use, as well as historic information for monthly reporting purposes.

Farmed shellfish low in carbon

A thinkstep-anz study for Aquaculture New Zealand/MPI assessing the amount of carbon in farmed mussels and oysters has found they rate down there with tofu.

Support for electric courier bikes

Auckland Council and EECA are supporting Urgent Couriers’ transition from vehicles to electric bikes. The certified carbon zero courier company is aiming to take 40 to 50 tonnes of carbon emissions a year out of inner-city Auckland.

Project Crimson welcomes new CEO

Project Crimson Trust has appointed Robyn Haugh as CEO, and she has a big vision for the Trust's Trees That Count programme. In other news, Signature Homes will mitigate construction-related carbon dioxide emissions by planting around 45,000 native trees annually, from early 2022.

Climate Risk and CFOs

This week we held the first workshop in our Climate Risk and CFO training, with over 20 CFOs attending from across New Zealand’s leading businesses. Held in partnership with Deloitte, these workshops explore the vital role CFOs play assisting in setting strategy and instilling a financial approach in all organisational activities – including sustainability. Read our recent report on New Zealand CFOs' views on sustainability. 

New Waste legislation: Your say

The Ministry for the Environment has extended the consultation period on a new waste strategy and strengthened legislative framework for product stewardship until Friday 10 December.  3R is calling for your views on the consultation. Find out more about how you can embed circular economy principles in your business with XLABs, the new circular economy training we support in partnership with Circularity. 

Last chance to join Refill Challenge 

The Refill Challenge targets single-use plastics and it’s the last two weeks for you or your organisation to take part, with great prizes still on offer. Register to join members including Toitū Envirocare and Ministry for the Environment on the Leader Board. 

21 November is NZ Made Day 

NZ Made Day this Sunday, from our friends at Buy NZ Made, is a great way to shop local and reduce emissions. Kiwis are encouraged to buy one locally-made item from participating retailers, providing a pre-Christmas boost. 

Job opportunities 

Ministry for the Environment
- Whakahaere | Manager, Climate Change - Systems Implementation, flexible location

NZ Post - Environmental Projects Manager (6 month secondment)

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 | 3  –  4 March 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


ProdCom Koi Tū webinar
 Online | Friday 19 November, 10  11.30am (NZT)
Hear from four global experts about the importance of the early years in breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage. This webinar is part of the Productivity Commission's A fair chance for all inquiry. Register now


What's Cooking in Carbon

Online | Wednesday, 24 November, 12pm (NZT)
Hot on the heels of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference and there’s a lot to catch up on. Join the expert team at Toitū to explore the recent global and local movements in climate action. Register now.  


Introduction to integrated reporting and thinking
Wednesday 24 November, $75 for 3 hours
association with the Deakin University.
This virtual classroom will provide an overview of Integrated Reporting (IR) and integrated thinking for practitioners who would like to know more about these reporting frameworks.
Register now. 


Creating an Environment for Social Impact – 2021 B4SI Conference

24 25 November
The B4SI (formerly LBG) Conference will build the capacity of social impact professionals. The conference will include a range of social impact stories, a global keynote from James Gomme from WBCSD, interactive workshops and updates on B4SI tools and benchmarking data. Register now

Planetary Accounting: Going beyond carbon
 Online | Thursday 25 November, 3pm (NZT)
 How can we safely operate within the environmental limits without causing permanent harm to earth? The Planetary Accounting Network (PAN) translates the global limits - aka planetary boundaries - into targets that enable action at individual, organisational, regional, and national levels. PAN Founding Director Kate Meyer and thinkstep-anz Technical Director Jeff Vickers will discuss how LCA and planetary accounting work together to minimise the causes of irreversible damage.
Register now


The Aotearoa Circle Web Series | National Food Roadmap Update
Online | Wednesday 1 December, 12pm (NZT)
The Aotearoa Circle's Izzy Fenwick and DNA Design's Daniel Talbot will present an update on the National Food Roadmap, also known as The Mana Kai Initiative. Register now


Net Zero New Zealand: The Emissions Workshop
Wellington and online | 2 December 
Get practical emissions reduction advice from the organisations actually doing it. The event features international experts and local leaders from across New Zealand, including the retail, logistics, councils, food and beverage, iwi, government, finance and energy sectors. More information

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. 

18 November 2021

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