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Business leaders call for meaningful climate action

Business leaders call for meaningful climate action

The Climate Leaders' Coalition - whose signatories are responsible for almost 60 percent of the country's greenhouse gas emissions - will today officially launch a Statement of Ambition, which aims for meaningful climate action.

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BNZ – Quick and easy tips to help your business go green

BNZ – Quick and easy tips to help your business go green

No business wants to have unnecessary expenditures, particularly after a year that has tested the reserves of many small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Internationally more companies are going green – not only to save the planet, but also to save money. Here in New Zealand, businesses are realising that to flourish in a Covid-adapted world they can make simple but genuine steps to reduce their carbon footprint and increase the flexibility, resilience, and efficiency of their organisation.

With so many options and information, it can seem daunting, but there are lots of quick and easy steps that SMEs can make.

One way to work out what’s best for your business is through the Climate Action Toolbox, a simple self-assessment tool to help reduce the carbon footprint of any business. Using the toolbox – which was developed by BNZ in partnership with Government, business, and industry groups – businesses go through a self-assessment to identify which areas are most relevant to them and can then choose from a range of specific actions to improve their climate impact.

Suncorp NZ cuts carbon emissions by almost half

Suncorp NZ cuts carbon emissions by almost half

Suncorp New Zealand has reported that its scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions for financial year 2021, were 49% lower than its baseline FY18 emissions.

This means that the company is ahead of its goal to achieve 22% reduction of scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2022, and is on track to achieve its published target of 51% reduction by 2030.

Auckland Council – reduce your waste together at home and save

Auckland Council – reduce your waste together at home and save

Kerbside rubbish and recycling are continuing as normal, but you can still take steps to reduce your waste and save money.

Consider composting

Keeping food waste out of landfill is one of the single biggest climate change interventions an individual can make. That’s why more and more Aucklanders are starting to compost at home.

Auckland Council – tips for composting at home

Auckland Council – tips for composting at home

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-highest emitter of greenhouse gases. Each year, Aucklanders put about 100,000 tonnes of food waste into their rubbish bins. Diverting food from landfill is one of the single biggest climate change interventions an individual can make.

CoGo – we can all reduce our emissions through easy, everyday actions

CoGo – we can all reduce our emissions through easy, everyday actions

“It could take 20-30 years to see global temperatures stabilise…” says the IPCC, but if we can control emissions, Earth will do the rest.

As we all process these findings, one thing has become clear: it’s collective action that we need to shift the dial in the right direction. This is the heart and mission behind CoGo, a free app and real-time API that helps consumers and businesses to understand, reduce and offset their carbon footprints, and align their spending with their environmental and social values. The team behind CoGo is based in Wellington and London.

DB Breweries cutting carbon with EV forklifts

DB Breweries cutting carbon with EV forklifts

DB Breweries is reducing its annual carbon emissions by 184 tonnes with a new fleet of electric forklifts.

The fleet replaces existing LPG-powered forklifts at DB’s two largest production sites, Waitemata Brewery in Auckland and DB Draught Brewery in Timaru. The carbon reduction equivalent to 350 return flights between Queenstown and Auckland.

The group looking into recycling New Zealand’s EV batteries

The group looking into recycling New Zealand’s EV batteries

Right now, electric vehicles are arguably the most polarising aspect of New Zealand’s motor industry. While some people love the idea, others pick apart the flaws until the cows come home.

One of the biggest arguments against electric vehicles is the idea that batteries are useless once they’re done their time in a car, and can’t be recycled in New Zealand.

One Kiwi group that’s looking to offer an EV battery recycling service in New Zealand goes by the name of B.I.G or Battery Industry Group, and is made up of some of our country’s heavy hitters in the electric industry.

Formed in 2018, B.I.G includes entities like the AA, Vector, Audi, the Motor Industry Association, and more.