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National Adaptation Plan launches

SBC welcomes New Zealand’s first National Adaptation Plan, an important milestone in building a resilient future by supporting communities to prepare for climate change. Read our joint statement and draft NAP submission with CLC here.

Gold standard for sustainable events

The 2022 Climate Change and Business Conference is working towards becoming a Toitū Envirocare net carbonzero certified event for event operations. SBC and EDS share the operational steps required to reduce the event's carbon footprint and become the fourth time the event has been certified carbonzero. Don’t forget to register to join climate action leaders at the Climate Change and Business Conference in September.

Funding to reduce farm emissions 

The Government has committed $7.3 million over seven years to the N-Vision NZ programme through MPI's Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, aimed at significantly reducing agricultural greenhouse gases and nitrate leaching. Ravensdown is leading the programme and will contribute to funding, with Lincoln University and Plant & Food Research providing research expertise. 

Warmer Kiwi Homes

Counties Energy is extending its partnership with EECA to insulate 100 local homes for free this year, seeking low-income owner occupiers to apply for the Warmer Kiwi Homes scheme. Counties Energy CE Judy Nicholl says the scheme will keep local families warmer and healthier and reduce their energy bill.

Ngāi Tahu on sustainable farming

Te Whenua Hou, Ngāi Tahu’s sustainable farming block in Canterbury, prioritises the land, water and people in its sustainable dairying practices. In this article, they share how they have completed the task of turning former forestry land into a productive and sustainable farm.

Big business, bigger goals

Ākina and The Warehouse Group (TWG) have partnered to ensure TWG is accurately measuring its social and environmental impacts. Check out how they expanded the requirements of TWG’s suppliers and which measurement devices they integrated to use their procurement power to make positive change in the market.

Pāmu farms certified carbonreduce

Pāmu has achieved Toitū carbonreduce certification across 20 farms as part of a long-term commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 4% per annum to 2024. To further reduce emissions and maintain the standards required by its carbonreduce certification, Pāmu has also started business-wide sustainability training.

Low carbon homes in the works

The average Kiwi home needs to be seven times more carbon efficient than it currently is to meet 1.5C targets. Fletcher Building’s LowCO pilot homes are blueprint homes that will provide research data and practical costings to make the move towards building homes with low emissions and energy efficiency. Construction on the homes in South Auckland could be ready to start in just three months.

The future of banking 

Banks who do not have carbon footprint calculators embedded in their retail banking apps will be hurting by the end of the year, predicts CLC signatory CoGo. Read about the ways CoGo helps banks across the world be successful in reducing their carbon footprint and offering targeted advice to help households save money and reduce carbon in the long run.

SLP students on making change

Last week the 2022 cohort of the Sustainability Leadership Programme came together in Wellington for the two-day component of the programme. They explored how to accelerate progress on sustainability through collaborating, co-creating shared purpose and vision, developing sustainability strategies, leading systems change, and using strategic influencing. Attendees commented on the importance of the SLP community, being inspired by others’ journeys, and their hope and ambition to lead their organisation’s sustainability agenda. 

Auckland bike funding

Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are working together to ensure everyone can feel comfortable riding a bike around Auckland. To facilitate that, they've opened the AT Community Bike Fund, which supports groups who include cycling as part of their projects and events to encourage cycling within communities. Applications for the 2022/2023 funding round close 14 August.

Welcome Nicole Schlichting

Welcome to Nicole Schlichting, SBC’s new Digital Communications Advisor! Nicole joins SBC with 5+ years of marketing and communications experience, most recently at Heartland Bank. She’s looking forward to applying her comms skills towards an industry she’s personally passionate about. 

Job opportunities 

SBC, Manager, Climate Leaders Coalition. Auckland or Wellington.
Fletcher Building, Environmental and Sustainability Advisor, Wellington.
Ministry for the Environment, Senior Analyst, Climate Change, flexible location.
Auckland Council, Sustainability and Resilience Advisor, Auckland.
EnviroNZ, Environmental Advisor, Auckland.
Ngāi Tahu, Senior Environmental Planner, Christchurch.
thinkstep-anz, Principal Carbon Footprint Specialist, flexible location.

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

Understanding climate reporting with thinkstep-anz and the XRB  

Online | Thursday 16 August, 3:30pm NZST 
Declarations, disclosures and climate reporting can be tricky to understand. Abbreviations fly around, and which framework should you use? Join thinkstep-anz and experts from the New Zealand External Reporting Board (XRB) in this webinar series to help explain Aotearoa New Zealand’s forthcoming climate standards. The XRB’s Director Sustainability Reporting, Dr Amelia Sharman, and Technical Advisor – GHG Emissions, Judy Ryan, will join thinkstep-anz CEO Barbara Nebel for the presentation. Register here.

Energy101 Carbon Markets  

Online | Wednesday 17 August, 11am - 12pm 
Join the BusinessNZ Energy Council for the second session of their Energy101 series looking at carbon markets. Hear from the expert panel as they delve into what a carbon market is, the relationship with carbon credits, and compliance with the NZ ETS. As we look to the future, can carbon markets reduce emissions, and what changes can be made to improve them? The panellists include Matt Dowie, Climate Change Director at EY, Shane Dinnan, Head of Energy Markets at NZX, and Nigel Brunel, Head of Commodities at Jarden. Register here. 

Fair Enough? with Anthem and Talbot Mills Research 

The Commons, 1 Albert St Auckland | Monday 22 August, 5 - 7pm
Join Anthem and Talbot Mills Research as they kick off their new event series, Fair Enough? This event will be an in-person discussion on the topicIs it fair for houses to be built, bought or sold in areas that are known to be adversely affected by climate change?” David Talbot will take you through the research insights, followed by a discussion with Fletcher Building CEO Steve Evans, NZ Banking Association CEO Roger Beaumont, Insurance Council of NZ CEO Tim Grafton, and Tower Insurance CEO Blair Turnbull, moderated by Anthem’s co-founder Carolyn Kerr. RSVP by 22 August to 

Introducing ‘All Things Carbon’ webinar series 

Online | Friday 5 August & Friday 12 August  

Join BusinessNZ Network, Deta, Ekos, thinkstep-anz, and Toitū in a collaboration for the upcoming ‘All Things Carbon’ webinar series. Kicking off with the first in this 5-part series is ‘Measure’ a spotlight on all things to do with carbon measurement. This will be followed by weekly features on verify; reduce; offset; and finally, climate positive/ SBTIs. Register now at the following links for: Part 4 – Offset, and Part 5 – Climate Positive and SBTIs

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. 

4 August 2022

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