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The new business as usual

Sustainability is no longer just an 'add on' for businesses, says Mike Burrell, joining Mitre10 and NZ Post in this story from BusinessDesk about how sustainability is the new business as usual, and most businesses are now taking a “hard look” at themselves and working out how they can do better.  

Read our NAP submission

Thank you to all our members who engaged in our consultation process on the Government’s draft National Adaptation Plan. SBC and CLC submitted our joint response last week. Read our media statement here and our full submission here.

We recognise the work of Beca, who provided analysis of the consultation documents, engagement with members, and development of our draft National Adaptation Plan submission. Beca works with clients to manage their climate change risks, prepare climate-related disclosures (using the TCFD framework), and develop adaptation strategies and transition plans by drawing on Beca’s engineering and technical specialists. For questions about the National Adaptation Plan or any other inquiries, feel free to reach out to Matt Raeburn ( 

Backing tomorrow's transport solutions

The Government is calling for innovators to help solve some of New Zealand’s biggest transport challenges with the opening of Hoe ki angitū: the innovation fund led by Waka Kotahi. The fund dedicates $15 million to enable and accelerate innovation by providing successful applicants with the capabilities they need.  

Sustainability linked-capital deal

Silver Fern Farms has signed a deal with BNZ to link working capital to sustainability targets. The $320 million, three-year Sustainability-Linked Working Capital Facility commits SFF to ambitious environmental and social targets with incentives for achievement, but also penalties if those targets are not met. 

Report: pricing agricultural emissions

He Waka Eke Noa delivered its recommendations for pricing agricultural emissions to the Government yesterday, read it here. The Government will now consider the advice alongside advice from the Climate Change Commission, before making decisions later this year on how agricultural emissions are to be priced from 2025.

E-tug for POAL

Ports of Auckland have a new star member of their fleet – the world’s first full-sized ship handling electric tug. Named Sparky, the e-tug is anticipated to save around 465 tonnes of CO2 in diesel emissions annually.

Turning wood waste into fuel

WasteNZ’s new demolition and construction waste facility is the answer to New Zealand's problem with wood waste. Named 'the Beast,' it takes timber, which is estimated to make up 12.5 per cent of landfills waste each year, and sorts, processes and recycles it into repurposed products, such as wood chips for biofuel. 

50 years of change

It’s been 50 years since the United Nations held the world’s first major conference on international environmental issues. SBC members thinkstep-anz, Spark, Sanford, BRANZ and CLC reflect on what has been achieved since then.

Kiri Hannifin to Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand have appointed Kiri Hannifin to the newly-created role of Chief Sustainability Officer, part of its increased focus on reducing its environmental impact. Kiri joins Air New Zealand from Countdown, and we congratulate her on her new role.

Moving Faster: renewable energy

In the first of a series of blogs, thinkstep-anz’s Technical Director Jeff Vickers argues for a major push in renewable energy to make the country a low-carbon leader and help solve the climate crisis.

Climate Response Accelerator 2022

In our final week, we profile Alimentary Systems, an integrated waste treatment system that is circular, zero-waste, and zero-emissions, aiming to ensure access to clean, renewable energy. 

Job opportunities 

Ministry for the Environment, Manager,  Land Use Carbon Analysis System and Manager, Climateflexible location.
BNZ, Sustainability Advisor, 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 | 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. 

9 June 2022

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