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This week Vincent is joined by Professor Dave Frame, Director of the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute (CCRI) at Victoria University and a lead author on the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the third part of our series on IPCC report, so Vincent asked if Dave could give us an insider’s v…
 
This week, Vincent asks Rod Oram to explain the implications of the latest IPCC for business. Does the stark reality set out in the report change what’s required of the business sector? Or does it simply reinforce what’s already happening. How exactly is business, here and overseas, responding to the need to decarbonise? And who are the leaders and…
 
Why has the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) –said human influence on climate is now unequivocable? Didn’t we already know that? And what impact will this report have in the run up to COP26? Vincent was joined by Marc Daalder, climate change reporter for Newsroom and Dr Victoria Hatton, Director for Sustainabi…
 
What future does sheep and beef farming have in a climate changed world? Serial entrepreneur and relentless optimist, Melissa Clark-Reynolds sits on the board of Beef & Lamb and sees a bright future for New Zealand farmers if the sector and government can get the settings right. Hint: it doesn’t involve pine trees. In a wide-ranging interview cover…
 
Climate Venture Capital Fund is a new venture investment fund that invests in, you guessed it, climate ventures. It’s the first of its kind in New Zealand and has just made its maiden investment, in Australian energy company MGA Thermal. Vincent is joined by two of the founders of the fund, Rohan MacMahon and Dr Jez Weston. Disclosure: Vincent work…
 
This week Vincent spoke alongside PWC’s Annabell Chartres at Spark Innovation Studio about Sustainability in Tech, one in a series put on by the Spark IoT team. Hosted by Randall Miekle, agile coach at Spark the session started with the key question: what does sustainability mean to you? About Annabell Chartres As the ESG Co-Leader at PwC New Zeala…
 
Chris Morrison does not stop. He’s the founder of Phoenix Drinks, All Good Organics and Karma Drinks (makers of Karma Cola). He co-founded the Sustainable Business Network, has been a director of the country’s main organic certifier BioGro, and chairs Organics Aotearoa New Zealand. This year he received an NZOM for services to fair trade and sustai…
 
Pippa Coom is a rare Auckland Councillor who is championing climate change action and a faster shift to active transport. So how does she rate the council’s actions on transport, buildings and climate justice? And what’s it like to be an activist on the city’s front bench? Pippa is deputy chair of the Auckland Sustainability and Climate Change Comm…
 
EcoStore’s Tony Morpeth has been making environmentally friendly household cleaners for more than 20 years. Back then he was a pioneer, working for Stephen Tindall and then Malcolm Rands. Now his products are in pretty much every supermarket, from here to New York. So what goes into an eco-cleaner, and what stays out? And how can EcoStore can stay …
 
In the heart of Mt Albert, Auckland, is one of the oldest gardens in NZ. The Sanctuary Mahi Whenua Community Garden was first planted by Maori in pre-European times and hasn’t been built on since. The vege gardens and food forest have been lovingly cared for over the years and flourished under the ownership of Carrington tech, now Unitec. But they …
 
The Chia Sisters is the kind of food company we dream of in New Zealand. Lovingly created by a family business and bottled in a solar-powered factory, this healthy energy drink is delicious, premium, and wholly sourced from local ingredients. The company is certified carbon positive, pays its workers a living wage, and is a founding member of Futur…
 
Last Sunday a remarkable thing happened. Along with 2000 of my best friends I rode over the Auckland harbour bridge on my bicycle. I was surpirsed how gentle the gradient was and how pitted the tar-seal surface is. The views are some of the best in Auckland. The really surprising thing though is that were doing it all. The last time someone rode ov…
 
Transport represents almost half of CO2 emisisons in NZ. In Auckland, its higher, at 67%. After agriculture with our burbing cows, transport is the most imporant sector to decarbonise. Yet the just published 10-year plan for Auckland predicts a 6% increase in emissions by 2031. Critics have called the plan ‘baffling’ – at odds with the council’s co…
 
Dr Sean Weaver, CEO and founder of Ekos, is a pioneer in using carbon credits to fund indigenous forests, at scale. Which is handy, because we need them. The Climate Change Commission says we need fewer cows and many thousands of hectares of trees, exotic and native. Carbon farming appears to provide an effective mechanism to get there. Landowners …
 
This week Vincent talks to the indefatigable Glen Herud, dairy pioneer and founder of the Happy Cow Milk Company – where cows keep their young, the calves are not sent to slaughter and the milking shed is mobile, that is, it goes to cows rather than cows coming to the shed. Hard at it since 2006, Glen faced technical, political and financial hurdle…
 
Where there’s muck there’s brass. In this episode Vincent talk to two entrepreneurs using technology to address waste problems at source. Oliver Hunt is co-founder of Medsalv, which cleans and refurbishes single-use hospital equipment. And Toby Skilton is co-founder of Mutu, an online exchange for sharing and hiring household gear. Especially trail…
 
This week Vincent attended the launch of O Tātou Ngāhere, a joint venture between Tāne’s Tree Trust and business lobby group Pure Advantage. They’re calling for a major shift in thinking about native forests, arguing that it’s not just the job of government but of farmers, landowners and all New Zealanders to plant and nurture native trees. They ha…
 
Climate change sucks, but there are some upsides. Electric skateboards being one. E-scooters being the other. In fact the whole micromobility revolution is so much fun. And no one is having more fun than Oliver Bruce, the ex-Uber exec who has returned to NZ to become an angel investor and agitator for micromobility in our cities. Oliver is the co-f…
 
As the co-leader of the NZ Greens and the minister for Climate Change, James Shaw has defied his critics to get climate change on the government agenda with the overhaul of the Emissions Trading Scheme, cross-party support for the Zero Carbon Act, and the creation of the Climate Change Commission who’s daft report has just been published. All wins …
 
The NZ Climate Change Commission released its landmark report late January. The 650-page discussion document sets an agenda for how New Zealand could achieve GHG emissions reductions to align with our international obligations, such as the Paris Agreement, and achieve the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. It’s a big document, with lots to say a…
 
Welcome to Climate Briefs, the summer series for This Climate Business. I ask a simple question, our experts give a succinct answer. Because in the end everyone likes a tight brief, right? This week I ask Rohan MacMahon about Project Drawdown, most comprehensive list of greenhouse gas reductions projects, from peat farming and poo fuel to photosynt…
 
Welcome to Climate Briefs, the summer series for This Climate Business. I ask a simple question, our experts give a succinct answer. Because in the end everyone likes a tight brief, right? This week I ask Jo Spratt of Oxfam NZ to explain climate justice. Not everyone will experience the consequences of climate crisis in equal measure. The most vuln…
 
Welcome to Climate Briefs, the summer series for This Climate Business. I ask a simple question, our experts give a succinct answer. Because in the end everyone likes a tight brief, right? This week I ask Eloise Gibson, climate change editor of Stuff, to explain the role of methane in global heating, why it’s such a contended topic and whether emit…
 
Welcome to Climate Briefs, the summer series for This Climate Business. I ask a simple question, our experts give a succinct answer. Because in the end everyone likes a tight brief, right? This week I ask Alex Johnston of Oxfam NZ to explain climate finance – the arcane world of country-by-country commitments to fund the transition to a low-carbon …
 
Welcome to Climate Briefs, the summer series for This Climate Business. I ask a simple question, our experts give a succinct answer. Because in the end everyone likes a tight brief, right? This week I ask Barry Coates of Mindful Money to explain shareholder activism and how it is checking the behaviour of polluting and unethical companies.…
 
The Auckland Climate Plan sets a target of reducing GHG emissions by half by 2030. Now, we know that largest single chunk of Auckland’s emissions – that’s 37% - comes from land transport. So to achieve that bold target, transport emissions need to fall by a massive 64% - in just 10 years. That puts Shane Ellison in the hot seat. Shane is the chief …
 
Last week Prime Minister Jacinda Adern declared a Climate Emergency. In Parliament she said: “This declaration is an acknowledgement of the next generation … of the burden that they will carry if we do not get this right and do not take action now.” The declaration has been a long time coming and follows the example of many other countries and citi…
 
Starting with replacing those awful one-use plastic courier bags, the company now offers alternatives to plastic gloves, gift wrap, sticky labels and bags of all sort and is exporting its plant-based products in Australia, Europe, China and USA. But what does compostable mean, is it the same as biodegradable what happens when you don’t have a compo…
 
More women than men choose ethical investments. Why? John Berry is the founder and CEO of Pathfinder Asset Management, an investment fund and manager of Caresaver, an ethical Kiwsaver plan launched last year. Pathfinder believes that doing good pays better bucks. That is, investors who consider the environmental, social and governance impact of the…
 
With a mandate to rule and all the tools in place, this Labour government has everything it needs reduce New Zealand’s emissions. So, what’s the hold up? Patience child warns Russel executive director of Greenpeace Aotearoa, a former Green party co-leader and two term MP. The seasoned campaigner says we need to give Team Ardern six months to demons…
 
Every year New Zealand food industry sends 103,000 tonnes of food waste to landfill. Some 60% of that food going to landfill is edible. Burying food (often in its plastic and foil packaging) is an environmental disaster. It needlessly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions – and squanders the resources used to produce and transport that food, incl…
 
Are you sick of owning an expensive, polluting metal box called a car? Me too. Mine sits in the garage taking up real estate and costing me bomb in maintenance and registeration. Is car sharing a better alternative? The idea is simple: use an app to pick up one of the share cars dotted around your city, do your thing, park it and walk away. Voila! …
 
Few names have been associated longer with conservation and environmental protest than Gary Taylor. The executive director of the Environmental Defence Society has taken on mining companies, property tycoons, governments and even fellow conservationists with the cool-headed grit of a long-haul trucker. So what does he make of Labour’s extraordinary…
 
Here’s a surprise for you. It’s possible that sheep and beef farms could already be net carbon neutral in NZ. According to a new report, sheep and beef farms hold 17% of NZ’s forests - or more technically 17% of NZ’s woody vegetation. On the most generous estimates, that vegetation could be sequestering more GHGs than what all our dry-stock herds a…
 
Craigmore Sustainables is the only New Zealand land manager that operates at scale in each of New Zealand’s three core primary sectors: horticulture, dairy farming and forestry. It also claims to be a leader in sustainable practices, seeking to become carbon neutral in some of its dairy and kiwifruit operations, employing local owner/operators and …
 
Could a water spout almost a kilometre high be harnessed to create electricity from waste industrial heat? Yes, says tech investor Brent Ogilvie. Brent is a rare type: a venture investor with a passion for sustainability. A former trade commissioner to New York, Brent was a trustee of the Urban Ecoliving Trust, founded a biodiesel company (sold to …
 
The Auckland Climate Action Plan sets out a bold agenda to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The changes required are profound. If you think fixing the harbour bridge is messy, wait till you try converting the majority of our cars to EVs and getting out of the gas heating business. Richard Hills is chair of the council’s Environment and Clima…
 
Jez Weston and Rohan MacMahon are technologists scouring New Zealand to find the best and brightest projects to address climate change. Or more specifically, to find technologies that offer the greatest emissions reductions, for the lowest cost, in the least amount of time. They have identified 70 projects that fit the bill – from renewable energy …
 
Last week, the Labour Party unveiled an election promise to bring forward by five years the goal of 100 percent renewable electricity generation to 2030. It means NZ would join nations such as Iceland and Norway in leading the world in renewables and reinforce Jacinda Adern’s commitment to addressing climate change. It is after all, her generation’…
 
Should native forests be harvested? Can they compete with pine as carbon sinks? And is biodiversity a better measure than carbon? Adele is the CEO of Trees that Count, an ambitious programme to plant 200 million native trees across NZ in the next decade. With 32 million planted since 2016, it has still got a long way to go but momentum is building …
 
What if I told you that former head of BMW in NZ now wants gas-guzzling, polluting cars off the road and replaced with low-emissions electric vehicles like the mild-mannered Nissan Leaf? A few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed it myself but Mark is now the chairman of Drive Electric, a consortium of interests from across the transport sector. The…
 
Hydrogen is a fantastic energy source: abundant, clean, light and highly flammable. But can it overcome its biggest hurdle: cost of production? Andrew Clennett, founder of Hiringa Energy, says an emphatic yes. Hiringa already has a green-hydrogen pilot plant in Taranaki (a JV with Balance Agri-Nutrients) and is rolling out truck fuelling sites acro…
 
The sun is the greatest source of free energy for the Earth – so why don’t we tap into it more? The team at Sunergise are changing that on an industrial scale. Sunergise is a Kiwi solar energy company that got its start in 2012 by building the world’s largest solar installation for a marina at Port Denarau in Fiji. Since then it has expanded across…
 
The Republic of Ireland just passed the most ambitious climate change plan of any developed country. With a commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and be net neutral by 2050, the home of River Dancing makes New Zealand look positively flat-footed, says Professor Robert McLachlan. The Massey University mathematician and author of climate change blog …
 
In the second of our meet-your-next-prospective6-climate-minister series we are joined by Scott Simpson, National Party’s spokesperson on Environment, Climate Change and RMA reform. The Nats have not been natural bedfellows with climate change action, but Scott has been an effective voice, especially as co-chair of the internal ginger group, the Bl…
 
Last week Auckland City passed the Auckland Climate Action plan – a bold commitment to halve emissions by 2030. The plan puts into action Auckland’s City’s declaration of a climate emergency and sets it on a path to zero emissions by 2050. So how will it get there? What’s got to start? And stop? And what does it mean for business and the citizens? …
 
Is your KiwiSaver invested in porn, weapons and ciggies? Does it have a stake in fossil fuels and palm oil plantations? How would you know? And what can you do? Barry Coates founded Mindful Money to dig into such investment conundrums, reveal where the money flows and provide ethical alternatives. The former Greens MP and Oxfam CEO talked to Vincen…
 
TOP rocketed to fame in the last election off the back of its former leader Gareth Morgan attacking pretty much everything: government, the opposition, the wealthy, the tax system the welfare system and even cats. This time around it’s Geoff Simmons at the helm. The former economist talks to Vincent about prospects for success, climate action, upen…
 
Taking a break from interviews this week, Vincent reviews the breakthrough book More From Less, by Andrew McAfee. Describing green growth as ‘Humanity’s Big Surprise’, McAfee argues that we can not only grow our economy through conventional capitalism but that we can simultaneously reduce our impact on the natural world. It’s the miracle of demater…
 
Eloise Gibson is New Zealand’s first reporter to be appointed a climate change editor in a mainstream media outlet. The award-winning business journalist joined Stuff.co.nz earlier this year and was pleasantly surprised by the warm reception from the science and business community. But did readers do the same? I spoke to Eloise about her fans and c…
 
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