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Businesses, councils unite on climate action in Hawke’s Bay standard

An ambitious initiative to galvanise collaboration between Hawke’s Bay businesses and councils on climate change kicked off in Napier yesterday. The Climate Action HB: Business CoLab event on 25 November saw over 100 people from the region’s businesses and councils come together to begin plotting a way forward for Hawke’s Bay to transition to a low-emissions economy.  Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Hastings-based sustainability specialists 3R Group, with the support of Napier, Hastings, Central HB and Wairoa councils, teamed up to host the event. Those that attended included major regional stakeholders such as Napier Port, Hawke’s Bay Airport, and Pan Pac Forest Products, as well as businesses from the primary industry, engineering, retail and hospitality sectors. Speakers included Regional Council ...

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New campaign to help businesses take more responsibility for what they make standard

Sustainable Business Network media release: A business campaign to increase ‘product take back’ schemes has won the support of the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund.  Product stewardship is when producers, brand owners, importers, retailers and/or consumers accept responsibility for reducing a product’s environmental impact. It involves greater oversight and control throughout the whole life cycle, from production through to end of use and beyond. It means avoiding wasteful products. It means eliminating unnecessary waste. It means redesigning products. It means doing more to ensure products and materials are recycled or reused. The Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund has granted $160,000 to the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) for a two-year campaign to promote this. The work will include a national product stewardship roadshow. ...

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Zero Carbon Bill welcome news for Hawke’s Bay standard

Media Release The release of the Zero Carbon Bill is welcome news, particularly in Hawke’s Bay where the effects of coastal erosion and weather events due to climate change are already being felt, says Hawke’s Bay sustainability expert and Chief Executive of 3R Group, Adele Rose. The Climate Change Response Amendment (Zero Carbon) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation for New Zealand and is long overdue, Adele says. “Tackling climate change is something which requires collective action, with central government legislation being vital.” If passed, the bill will set greenhouse gas emissions targets into law, with a target of net zero long-lived emission by 2050. “For regions like Hawke’s Bay, action on climate change is critical. Our coast is ...

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People, people, people – the future of work standard

by Adele Rose, 3R Group Chief Executive What is the future of work? Is it a world filled with automation – machines ceaselessly performing tasks humans once did, never tiring, never falling ill, generating maximum profit? I believe he tangata, he tangata, he tangata (it is the people, it is the people, it is the people). I believe this because there is a shift starting to happen in business in which the impact of what we do is becoming an important metric of success. In the recent Institute of Directors Magazine overview by Chief Executive Kirsten Patterson, she states the seasons are changing. The skills needed to lead through the future of work challenges of tomorrow are quite different to ...

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The highs and lows of emissions reductions standard

Reducing your organisation’s emissions can often be a lot like picking fruit from a tree – the low branches can offer quick and easy reward, but those higher up are a little more challenging. However, just like the invention of cherry pickers, aiming for those more difficult branches leads to innovation and greater efficiency. 3R Group may differ to other organisations in that sustainability, emissions reductions and waste recovery are core to what we do, but we have had the same experience with reducing our emissions. In the 2013-2014 financial year we committed to reducing our total gross emissions by 20%, by 2020. In one year, we surpassed that with a reduction of 32% against our baseline. The reduction was ...

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Chemical collection service helps add to Million Metres planting standard

Six months worth of work by 3R Group’s ChemCollect service has not only meant some 8.8 tonnes of chemicals have been properly collected and disposed of, but a Central Hawke’s Bay stream restoration project has benefited too. 3R has committed to donate $200 for every tonne of material collected by ChemCollect to a Million Metres Streams project, every six months. The third donation to date saw over $1700 go to a project aimed at restoring 1km of a tributary of the Porangahau river – paying for some 60 metres of planting. The project is being run by landowners, the Clark’s, a fifth generation family farming ‘Airlie’ at Wanstead. Sam Clark and his wife Cookie recently took over the 450ha farm and have been working ...

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