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CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

SBC and CLC welcome Friday’s announcement from Government around a bipartisan inquiry into an enduring climate adaptation framework for New Zealand, which is consistent with the recommendations we have made in our pre-election policy priorities paper. “Such a...

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CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Vector welcomes clean vehicle action plan

Vector has today welcomed the ICCC’s report on Accelerated Electrification.

Vector agrees that accelerating the electrification of transport and process heat will play a major role in reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Initiatives to reduce carbon emissions will impact the whole energy supply chain, and Vector supports an approach that considers the whole energy system.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

DB Breweries to switch Timaru plant from coal next year

DB Breweries is planning to switch its brewery at Timaru onto wood chip by the end of next year as part a plan to halve the group’s emissions by 2030.

The firm, owned by Heineken, operates six breweries around the country. But DB Draught’s plant at Timaru is the biggest user of coal-fired steam and thus the single-biggest contributor to the group’s emissions.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Westpac NZ comment – the case for an EV future and tips for how to get there

The climate crisis is one of the biggest challenges we face, and we need to get moving on action now.

New Zealand has some of the lowest carbon electricity generation in the world. More than 80 per cent of generated power comes from non-fossil fuel sources, like hydro, geothermal and wind.

That energy mix makes our country an ideal place to introduce electric vehicles and bring down our carbon emissions.

And given that transportation accounts for 17 per cent of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, moving to electric vehicles is a great opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Time for industry to pull its finger out

This year is shaping up to be a banner one for New Zealand’s response to climate change. The Zero Carbon Bill is before Parliament, the Emissions Trading Scheme is to be reformed by the end of 2019, and the Budget earmarked additional funding for climate mitigation steps.

Industry is stepping up too. This week marks one year since the formation of the Climate Leaders Coalition, a group now numbering more than 100 leading NZ companies representing more than half of NZ’s carbon emissions. These firms have committed to measure, report on and reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

Air New Zealand, for example, has improved the fuel efficiency of its fleet by 21 percent since 2009, saving them both money and emissions. Toyota, Fuji Xerox, Fonterra, Sky City and The Warehouse Group are among many others.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Auckland Council on target with its second Green Bond offer

The Auckland Council’s latest annual Green Bond offer has raised $150 million.

Council Finance and Performance Committee chairman Ross Clow says it’s a good result.

“There is a growing appetite for green investment – according to Moody’s Investor Service, the Green Bond market is tipped to hit $200 billion (USD) this year – so it makes sense for us to use the opportunity to support our sustainable development targets and goals,” Clow says.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

DB Breweries announces plan to halve carbon emissions by 2030

DB Breweries has today announced its ambition to halve its carbon emissions by 2030.

The announcement coincides with the launch of DB Breweries’ 2018 Sustainability Report and carbon reduction roadmap, which outlines plans for further action and radical reform by the business on climate change.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Z Energy boss on EVs – this is no Kodak moment

The chief executive of Z Energy says new proposals to encourage uptake of electric vehicles is not a ”Kodak moment” but says the impact of the policy will be felt gradually.

Mike Bennetts says from its formation the company had pushed for reduced reliance on fossil fuels but this would contribute towards the challenge to its core business.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Transpower NZ – Exploring battery storage to enable New Zealand’s energy future

A new report has found the widespread uptake of distributed battery energy storage systems (BESS) in New Zealand could play an important role in supporting the power system as solar PV and electric vehicles are increasingly adopted.

Transpower’s Distributed Battery Energy Storage Systems in New Zealand examines the operational impact on the power system of the widespread uptake of these systems in homes and businesses in conjunction with the large-scale uptake of rooftop solar PV generation and electric vehicle (EV) charging. The report identifies what is required to enable a successful integration and ensure a reliable fit-for-purpose power system.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Meridian Energy welcomes action on cleaner cars

Meridian Energy welcomes the government’s proposal to introduce standards and discounts incentivising cleaner vehicles in New Zealand.

Chief Executive Neal Barclay says transport represents a huge opportunity for New Zealand to reduce emissions, meet climate targets, and lower running costs for families and individuals.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Toyota NZ welcomes transport emissions consultation

Toyota New Zealand says the Government’s planned consultation on clean car standards and discounts is an encouraging step towards reducing New Zealand’s automotive carbon emissions.

The Government has proposed a clean car standard for importers and distributors as well as a clean car discount for consumers based on adding a fee to higher emitting imported new and used vehicles and a discount for low or zero emitting new and used vehicles retailing for less than $80,000.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Watercare plugs in more EVs

Watercare is opting for electric-only vehicles where suitable.

It has added 23 new Hyundai electric vehicles to its passenger pool fleet – 20 Ioniqs and three Konas.

The Auckland Council-controlled organisation (CCO) says it’s no longer going to include plug-in hybrids, opting only for fully electric or conventional vehicles.

“In future, our focus will be on efficiency and fuel reductions,” a spokesperson says.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

SKYCITY’s Low Carbon Meal: Viva feature

Low-Carbon Dining
It took Josh Barlow, executive chef of The Sugar Club, just over half a year to create and serve New Zealand’s first three-course “low-carbon” menu last month.

The time investment doesn’t exactly bode well for adopting a climate-friendly diet for every day. But given the global food system’s impact on the planet – said to be responsible for about one-third of the planet-warming greenhouse gases – it’s a nudge in the right direction for diners considering the greater effects of their food choices.