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Auckland ready for COP26 commitments

Auckland ready for COP26 commitments

Global leaders are meeting in Glasgow to commit their countries to deliver on the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says, “Auckland Council understands the need for urgent action on climate, having declared a climate emergency in 2019. We have taken our commitments seriously and have developed a blueprint for halving emissions by 2030, supported by an additional $152 million of new climate investment in our recent 10-year Budget which lays the groundwork for further action.

NZ business at COP26: David Benattar, The Warehouse Group

NZ business at COP26: David Benattar, The Warehouse Group

With delegations from around the world descending on Glasgow for the negotiations and events making up COP26, attendees from New Zealand include representatives from both the Sustainable Business Council and the Climate Leaders Coalition.

We talked to some of those who will be taking part on the ground in Glasgow to find out why they are going, and what they are hoping to achieve. This week we hear from David Benattar, Chief Sustainability Officer for The Warehouse Group.

Auckland Transport – EV transport service to be trialled in south Auckland

Auckland Transport – EV transport service to be trialled in south Auckland

The AT Local EV car and van service offers a quick and reliable way to travel around the suburbs, as well as providing easy connections to other public transport.

“AT Local vehicles are fully electric and if the trial of this service is successful it will enable more people to leave their cars at home, helping to reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion on our roads,” Auckland mayor Phil Goff says.

Z Energy teams up with Neste on high-quality biofuels

Z Energy teams up with Neste on high-quality biofuels

Z Energy is partnering with Finnish refiner Neste to bring drop-in biofuels to the New Zealand market.

The renewable fuels are high-quality and unlike conventional biofuels they are considered “drop-in” fuels as they are suitable to be used in existing diesel vehicle or aircraft fleet, the company says.

KPMG – NZ ranks highly in benchmark net zero readiness index

KPMG – NZ ranks highly in benchmark net zero readiness index

New Zealand is ranked ninth globally in KPMG’s first ever Net Zero Readiness Index (NZRI) released today in the lead-up to COP26. The benchmark report compares the progress of 32 countries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and assesses their preparedness and ability to achieve net zero by 2050. Norway took the overall top ranking, with the UK and Sweden in second and third place.

Genesis: ambitious energy targets are key to decarbonising New Zealand

Genesis: ambitious energy targets are key to decarbonising New Zealand

Genesis is pleased to see that the ERP discussion document recognises a national energy strategy is an important foundation for decarbonising New Zealand and that electricity has a key role to play as part of that. We would like to see Government move quickly to define a long-term national energy strategy with a strong commitment to a more renewable energy system supported by clear policies developed in collaboration with business. We believe a focus on carbon intensive areas such as process heat and transport should be a priority, recognising the opportunity for electricity to support a lower carbon Aotearoa.