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New sea-level data reinforces need to build climate resilience

For the first time, New Zealanders can see how much and how fast sea-level will rise in their local area via a new online tool from NZ SeaRise: Te Tai Pari O Aotearoa programme.The new data reveals sea-level is rising faster than we thought and continues to highlight the need to urgently build Aotearoa’s climate resilience as part of our climate change response.   

FirstGas Group appoints Future Fuels GM

Firstgas Group has appointed James Irvine to lead a new department dedicated to future fuels, including hydrogen and biogas. James will lead Firstgas’ renewable energy strategy, new technologies, initiatives, programmes and partnerships.     

Woollen kayak reduces plastic use

Torpedo 7, a subsidiary of The Warehouse Group, has created the world’s first woollen kayak, replacing models made with two kilograms of plastic or 400 plastic bags. The Kakapo kayak is 35 percent wool fibres and polyethylene. 

Fonterra extends on-farm trials with seaweed

Fonterra is expanding its on-farm trials of adding seaweed as a supplement to cattle feed to reduce emissions. Research has shown that Asparagopsis seaweed has the potential to reduce emissions by more than 80 per cent in laboratory trials

Adaptation and Mitigation must go hand in hand

IAG shares its insights on adaptation in the latest Climate Change and Business Conference case studyexploring why its playing such a key role in Aotearoa-New Zealand’s climate change response. Register to join IAG and other organisations leading out on climate change at the conference, 19-20 September in Auckland.

Havana Coffee Works Roastery opens in Auckland

Lion owned Havana Coffee Works has opened in Auckland’s Parnell. Like in Wellington, the roastery and espresso bar, features a Loring S70 Roaster, which produces 70 percent fewer carbon emissions. Read the full details here.

New SBC member: NZIER

NZIER is a not-for-profit economic consultancy that provides independent expertise and advice. Its point of difference is its self-funded Public Good programme, designed to promote and advance New Zealand’s understanding of economic challenges and opportunities.

Climate Response Accelerator 2022

This week we profile Donut, which accelerates businesses’ sustainability journey with an intelligent carbon accounting platform designed to make it easy to identify, measure and reduce carbon footprints. To do so, it brings together historical carbon footprint data, integrating Xero and supply chain analysis to automate emissions reporting and mitigation. 

Job opportunities 

EnviroNZ, Sustainability Manager, Auckland

Genesis, Environmental Advisor, Waikato

SBC events

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


 Insights on New Zealand Sustainability Professionals – launch of 2022 findings   

Online | Thursday 12 May, 12.001.00pm (NZT)
Oxygen Consulting, together with the Sustainable Business Council, Sustainable Business Network and AUT, are launching the results of the third year of research into the role of the sustainability professional in New Zealand. 

Join us to find out if organisations are meeting the growing demand for sustainability, what challenges lie ahead, and what we can do to address these challenges and continue to grow the sustainability profession. 

Insights on New Zealand Sustainability Professionals is the only research of its kind in New Zealand. It reveals findings into the role of the sustainability professional, including the capabilities and competencies required, remuneration, job opportunities, and overall wellbeing. 

This online event will include a panel Q&A.


NEW: 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. 


NEW: Climate Governance Workshop Series   

Auckland | Wednesday 8 June, 1.00 - 3.30pm (NZT)  

Boards are now accountable, by law, for ensuring that climate risk is adequately managed. Our board-level climate risk programme is designed to help non-Executive Directors understand their role and responsibility on climate change risk management to empower and enable them to take action in their influential roles.  

This is the first of a 4 part workshop series delivered by Deloitte in partnership with Toitū Tahua: Centre for Sustainable Finance and the Sustainable Business Council. 

Register interest by emailing or by completing this form 


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: Dairy Women’s networking – Your Farm sustainability questions answered  

Online | Tuesday May 10, 12.30pm (NZT) 

Join host Julia Jones and an expert panel talking through a range of issues facing farmers including climate change and environmental risk, how you can plan, measure monitor your environmental footprint, and how technology can assist. There’ll also be a practical example from one of New Zealand’s largest farms. 


New: Targets & Actions for Meaningful Climate Action 

Online | Thursday 12 May, 12.001.00pm (NZT)

The third latest release from the IPCC’s sixth assessment of the published evidence, titled Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of climate change, focuses on greenhouse gas emissions cuts – what has happened to date and what is necessary. Join Toitū Envirocare's upcoming webinar as they go over the current state of global climate pledges, what meaningful target setting looks like and how organisations can follow through with credible action.


New DATE AND TIME: Becoming Cradle to Cradle Certified with Eagle Lighting

Online | Thursday 19 May, 3.00pm (NZT)

Are you on a pathway towards a circular economy? Do your stakeholders want proof that your products comply with a circular economy? Want to know more about Cradle to Cradle Certification?  
  Join Nicole Sullivan, thinkstep-anz’s Head of Strategy & Impact Australia, who will talk to Eagle Lighting’s Engineering Manager Mark Antonello and Lighting Solutions Manager Ian Johnson about the process, what they have learned and how the company is benefitting from the certificate. 

Register here.


Strategy for sustainability and impact: Proxima training course

Auckland CBD, 18 & 19 May 2022

A practical 2-day intensive training course sharing a clear method and practical experience to develop and apply sustainability and impact strategies. Designed to align with the SDG Enterprise Impact Standards reporting and the updated 2021 GRI Standards, the approach draws upon the Future-Fit Business Benchmark, The Natural Step Framework and many years of practice.

.Find out more information here.

  NEW: 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. 

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. 

05 May 2022

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