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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

Rob Campbell – Why Measurement Matters

For Rob Campbell, Chair of SKYCITY Entertainment Group and Summerset Group, there are at least two reasons why Boards and Directors should endorse and support carbon measurement in their affiliated companies.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

How to cut your contribution to climate change by offsetting your emissions

Living a carbon-free lifestyle can feel impossible, considering emissions are produced by everything from travelling to eating to heating buildings.

Each person’s carbon footprint – the amount of greenhouse gases your activities release – is different. A vegan’s emissions are likely to be lower than a meat eater’s on dining habits alone, but a meat eater who cycles to work will produce less carbon dioxide than a vegan who drives.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Emission reductions must be New Zealand’s priority and renewable electricity is the key

Meridian Energy’s Chief Executive Neal Barclay says that reducing gross fossil fuels must be the absolute priority for all New Zealand businesses. This is Meridian’s response to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) report ‘Farms, Forests and fossil fuels: The next great landscape transformation’.

“We agree that we must take action now with emissions reduction as the priority. Renewable electricity will provide the solution and this is staring us in the face,” says Neal.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Synlait opens NZ’s first large scale electrode boiler

Synlait announced today New Zealand’s first large-scale electrode boiler, located at its Dunsandel site in Canterbury, is fully commissioned and has been operational for the last two months.

“This is an exciting moment for Synlait. It’s a significant milestone in terms of reducing our energy footprint as part of our sustainability commitments,” says Synlait’s CEO, Leon Clement.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Kiwirail graduate joins the fight against climate change

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Malia Vehikite is young, female, and making a name for herself in the energy sector. Vehikite is working hard to help her organisation reduce energy waste and significant carbon emissions in the Strategy and Sustainability team at KiwiRail, as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA) graduate programme.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

New frontier for businesses committed to climate change action

New Zealand’s work to reduce carbon emissions crossed a new frontier last night with the launch of our first-ever gamified carbon calculator – FutureFit. FutureFit for business is a new sustainability tool with a staff-engagement twist. The aim is to empower staff to reduce their carbon footprints.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Ricoh joins the Climate Leaders Coalition

Ricoh has become the 81st signatory of the Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC). The company joins a group of New Zealand businesses who, collectively, represent more than half of New Zealand’s gross emissions, at least a quarter of private sector GDP and employ more than 150,000 New Zealanders. CLC members are committed to measuring and reporting their GHG emissions, setting targets and working with suppliers to reduce those emissions, to help keep global warming within 1.5 degrees.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Spark moving to plug in hybrid EVs (story on page 20)

Digital services provider Spark is introducing Mini Countryman plugin hybrids (PHEVs) to its vehicle fleets – probably the first in Australasia to do so in bulk. The first 30 are due towards the end of March, with a further 40 also ordered, then another 60 or 80 leased PHEVs could
be added depending upon demand. It’s part of the company’s EV strategy co-ordinated by Marc Solomon, Spark’s sourcing business partner in charge of fleets.

CLC and SBC welcome inquiry into bipartisan adaptation framework

Big business sets up decarbonisation funds

Big corporates are lining up to prove their carbon credentials, responding to a huge shift in public, and political opinion.

The Warehouse has gone carbon neutral by buying carbon credits and planting native trees to “offset” the carbon it emits selling us stuff.

Air New Zealand has signed up to the Dryland Carbon partnership with Genesis Energy and Z Energy to plant mainly “exotic” trees like radiata pine to offset emissions.