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How to start your journey of climate change action standard

Accelerated climate change has been dubbed “this generation’s nuclear-free moment”, and while there is ever-growing awareness in the business world, actually starting to do something about it can be difficult – until now. Hawke’s Bay sustainability experts 3R Group are running the first of a series of workshops and events covering topics around climate action impacts, such as measuring and reducing emissions, energy, transport, water, and people. The first workshop, being held in Napier in May/June (date to be announced soon), will focus on leading organisations through the process of getting started on their climate action journey. “Many organisations want to do something to tackle accelerated climate change, but don’t know where to begin. This first workshop will look at ...

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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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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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