On a mission to reduce carbon emissions in New Zealand, 60 CEOs, including Stuff’s Sinead Boucher, have formed the Climate Leaders Coalition with the Sustainable Business Council, signing a joint statement committing their companies to action and demonstrating the role that business can play in bringing about change.
The group of 60 businesses make up nearly 50 fifty per cent of New Zealand’s emissions and the significant move from the NZ business community is being praised as “strong” and “unprecedented” by local and global organisations.
The goal of the newly formed group – where Stuff sits alongside other businesses like Z, Westpac, Vector, Air New Zealand and NZ Post – is to help NZ transition to a low emissions economy and, in doing so, create a positive future for Kiwis.
To mark the significance of today’s announcement and to commemorate the launch of the Climate Leaders Coalition, SkyCity Entertainment Group (a member of the coalition) will light up Auckland’s Sky Tower the colour green tonight.
The Climate Change Statement is the first step taken by the Climate Leaders Coalition in their drive for positive change. Each of the signatories has committed to measuring and reporting their companies’ greenhouse gas emissions and to working with suppliers to reduce emissions; aiming to keep global warming within two degrees, as specified in the Paris Agreement.
In the second part of the CEO Climate Change Statement, business leaders cement their support for the Paris Agreement and New Zealand’s commitment to it, and back the introduction of a Climate Commission along with the establishment of carbon budgets, both enshrined in law.
As New Zealand’s leading media organisation, Stuff takes its role as a trusted media outlet seriously, using its platforms to shine a light on important environmental issues and educate its audiences. Stuff is focused on reducing its own operation impact on carbon emission and in FY18 alone, Stuff saw its carbon footprint decrease by a massive 23%.
Read more about Stuff’s environmental sustainability initiatives here.
Other business owners are encouraged to play their part and commit to action on climate change – find out more at www.climateleaderscoalition.org.nz