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MOU on climate cooperation

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and California Governor Gavin Newsom have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate on climate change, during the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States. The agreement provides a framework for cooperation across a range of sectors including on zero emissions vehicles, energy storage and smart grids, emissions trading schemes, and climate smart agriculture. 

Collaborating on enviro research

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Microsoft have joined forces on an initiative to develop improved detection of land use and forest cover change. These are important elements in the assessment of carbon stored in New Zealand forests and improved mapping will inform decisions and policies for a more sustainable Aotearoa.

Nespresso supporting the community

Nespresso has announced its partnership with a local charitable trust, Garden to Table, to empower Kiwi kids to grow, harvest, prepare and share seasonal kai. Nespresso’s support will extend regional programmes, fund new resources and training, and continue to make a positive impact on tamariki and their whānau.   

New life cycle for wheelie bins

A new large-plastics grinding machine at Tauranga’s Te Maunga Transfer Station will make short work of recycling 50,000 wheelie bins into resin to be re-made into new products. Waste NZ says the machine is a more cost-effective way to break down large plastics and means they can properly recycle in a cyclic economy, with nothing being sent to landfill.

Low-cost Toyota leases for whānau

Toyota New Zealand is part of a new community car-leasing coalition called Waka Aronui, which allows 20 Auckland families to lease used hybrid Corolla wagons for a set fee of $95 per week. The project is run by the Manukau Urban Māori Authority, with start-up and pilot funding provided by Toyota, the Tindall Foundation, MBIE, Waka Kotahi and Auckland Council.

Energy 101 with BEC

Explaining energy doesn’t have to be complicated. Introducing Energy101 – a new series from BEC designed to help everyone understand NZ’s energy system. In today’s video you’ll meet Helios Energy’s Sarah Tapp, for an intro to solar power and its potential to further diversify our renewable energy resource. 

Accelerating the move to EVs

Our members The Warehouse Group and Westpac discuss their early transitions to using EVs and installing charging stations, and how removing initial roadblocks means a smoother transition for new customers.

A summary from Davos: WBCSD

WBCSD's President & CEO, Peter Bakker, shares his insights on the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting held in Davos last week. He focuses on two topics: the current crises unfolding from the war in Ukraine, and the long-term crises resulting from the climate emergency, loss of nature and mounting inequality. 

Watch again: Cradle to Cradle

thinkstep-anz interviewed Eagle Lighting, the first company in the Southern Hemisphere to gain Cradle to Cradle certification. Learn more and watch the video highlights here.

Climate Response Accelerator 2022

This week we profile b.spkl, a company using ground-breaking technology to manufacture Catalyst-Coated Membrane at scale to allow hydrogen to be used as a carbon-free source of energy.

Job opportunities 

Sustainable Business Council, Digital Communications AdvisorAuckland or Wellington.
Ministry for the Environment, Senior Scientist: Soils and Data Analyst: Natural Forests (two roles), flexible location.
WSP, Environmental Scientists, Auckland.
4Sight Consulting, Ecology Consultant, Tauranga. 

SBC events

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


Climate Risk Governance Lab Series   

Auckland Central | Four 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


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  

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.

Please send Pānui stories (30 words plus image) to: by Weds 12pm. 

2 June 2022

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