Print Icon
News, views and upcoming events

Developing the world's largest green hydrogen plant

Contact Energy and Meridian Energy are seeking registrations of interest to develop the world’s largest green hydrogen plant in Southland, which would have the potential to earn hundreds of millions in export revenue and help decarbonise economies both here and overseas, according to a new McKinsey & Co report. The registration of interest process will run through to October.

Stuff video: Hot Air Sucks!

Stuff’s new animated video series Hot Air Sucks! explains how climate change is making some of the most catastrophic events in our changing world that much worse. Episode one covered wildfires, and they recently released episode two on flooding. 

Nespresso takes out most sustainable company award

The World Finance Magazine has voted Nespresso the Most Sustainable Company in the Coffee Processing Industry for 2021. With this award, the international jury recognises  Nespresso’s achievements in sustainability over the past 30 years.

Countdown investing in diversity

Countdown is investing $1 million to encourage economic growth and increase diversity in small businesses. The supermarket chain's new accelerator programme Kete is focused on helping encourage a more diverse supplier base in Aotearoa, including businesses owned by Māori, Pasifika, youth, women, LGBTQIA+ people and people with disabilities.

Video: The competitive advantages of a neurodiverse workforce

When we talk about diversity and inclusion, we automatically think about gender, age, culture, and usually those with diverse accessibility needs are not front of mind. SBC's Robert Perry chats with Mike Stiles from Hidden Talents in the latest episode of Thriving Voices, Thriving People, to get the low down on neurodiversity and why it's a competitive advantage for business to use an existing pool of talent that brings diverse skills and thinking. Watch it here.

Replay: Toitū on climate action in your product cycle

48% of Kiwis have switched to a product or service that is more sustainable, so how do you ensure you're reaching that audience? Toitū Envirocare's recap of their webinar 'Climate Action in the Product Lifecycle' shares how to keep pace with evolving stakeholder demand and embed climate action in your product cycle, using case studies from Fonterra and Lion. 

Update on Modern Slavery Act 

Trade Aid and World Vision's Modern Slavery Act petition reached 37,000 signatures, and has been accepted by Parliament. The petition asks MPs to introduce legislation requiring public and private entities to report on risks of modern slavery in their supply chains. Minister Michael Wood has committed to action by establishing an advisory group. Thanks to our SBC and CLC businesses who supported the petition.

Reporting corner: Nespresso

Nespresso have published the final results of its seven-year sustainability strategy, 'The Positive Cup.' Find out how the company has been driving pension saving schemes for coffee farmers and paving the way for the first sustainable virgin aluminium standard, all while reducing the carbon footprint of a Nespresso cup by almost a quarter.

Change of date:
Annual Council Meeting

There has been a change of date for the Annual Council Meeting - it will now be held 18 August (previously 17). Please update your calendars accordingly, and expect invites to arrive early next week.
A reminder to those involved that SBC Advisory Board Elections voting is now open until 30 July.

Job opportunities 

Auckland Council - Coastal Adaptation Specialist, Auckland.

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 | Wednesday & Thursday, 13 - 14 October

SBC, CLC and EDS are partnering to deliver the Climate Change and Business Conference this year, focused on the concrete action business is taking to accelerate the pathway to net zero by 2050. 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 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.


Exploring the role of international climate finance

Online | Wednesday 28 July, 9am – 10am

The latest webinar in the Climate Change Commission's International Speaker Series features three renowned experts examining the role of climate finance in an international context, what this means for reaching global targets, and how this translates domestically to financing climate action at home. 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: 

22 July 2021

Want to change how you receive these emails?

you can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.