2016 Climate Change & Business Conference

Climate Change & Business 2016

11-12 October 2016, Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland

Read more about what went on at the 2016 conference via the two communiques below:

Conference Day One Communique

Conference Day Two Communique

Click the links below to view speaker powerpoint presentations and some videos.


SESSION 1: A new global direction after Paris

COP 21 has set a new global mandate to accelerate the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions to ensure global average temperature increases do not exceed a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement has created a new paradigm that will require changed practices at the global, country and local levels. This session will explore the evolving rules framework arising from the Paris agreement and the likely implications for New Zealand.   

Chair & Opening Comments: Mark Sinclair, New Zealand Climate Change Ambassador


Paris COP21 & Morocco COP22: debrief & process 2016-2020H.E Mrs Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, Ambassador of France to New Zealand

Keynote Ministerial Address

New Zealand’s DirectionHon Paula Bennett, Minister for Climate Change Issues 

SESSION 2: International responses

Commentators will discuss how our key trading partners are responding to Paris: How are national targets being set? What are the different policy responses and economic tools being developed or implemented? What are the implications of these for national and international markets? Where are the new business opportunities likely to arise?

Chair: Peter Castellas, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Market Institute Australia

Vignettes & Panel

United States of AmericaH E Mark Gilbert, USA Ambassador to New Zealand

AustraliaIlona Millar, Special Counsel, Baker & McKenzie, Australia

European Union Caroline Lambert, Climate & Environment Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union to Australia

China - Frank Jotzo, Associate Professor & Deputy Director, Crawford School of Public Policy; Director, Centre for Climate Economics & Policy 

SESSION 3: The Emissions Trading Scheme – the keystone of New Zealand’s climate policy

A price on carbon is critical for leveraging private sector investment in the development of low carbon technologies and incentivising uptake by business. There has already been a significant outcome from the NZ ETS review – the removal of the one-for-two transition measure – but further changes are still under consideration, including important supply side decisions. What is the outlook for the NZ ETS policy agenda? What impact has the announcement of more stringent surrender settings had on driving business action to reduce emissions? What else is required for the NZ ETS to influence business decisions to facilitate low carbon investment? What role will the NZ ETS play vis-à-vis other policies in meeting New Zealand’s intended 2030 target? What are the scenarios for how the NZ ETS might operate in the future, and what would a good outcome from the NZ ETS review be?

Chair & Opening Comments

International momentum behind domestic market mechanismsEmily Spears, Co-chair of IETA’s China Working Group, International Emissions Trading Association; Environmental Products Originator, BP


Policy overviewKay Harrison, Lead Negotiator International Carbon Markets, Ministry for the Environment


Dr Suzi Kerr, Senior Fellow, Motu  

Nigel Brunel, Director Financial Markets, OMF

Dr Andy Reisinger, Deputy Director, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre

Geoff Rousel, Managing Director, Global Head of Commodities, Westpac Institutional Bank

SESSION 4: Process and operational efficiency

Increasing carbon efficiency across sectors is an area where significant emissions reductions can be achieved.  This session delves into what the Government’s transport and energy policy means for business.  It profiles New Zealand & international case studies to explore innovative business system, transport, and energy options to reduce carbon emissions whilst increasing profitability.  

Chair: Roger Lincoln, Director of Climate Change, Ministry for the Environment


PolicyHon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport & Energy (pre-recorded video)

International case study

IKEARichard Wilson, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA Australia 

New Zealand case studies

Air New Zealand Lisa Daniell, Acting Head of Sustainability, Air New Zealand

NZ BusShane McMahon, Chief Operating Officer – Northern, NZ Bus

FonterraTony Oosten, Energy Manager, Fonterra

Countdown – James Walker, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Countdown

SESSION 5: Challenges

Chair: Nigel Brunel, Director Financial Markets, OMF


A business challenge for governmentAlex Smith, WWF New Zealand

A challenge for governments Bernard Savage Ambassador-Designate of the European Union to New Zealand

A challenge for business – Karen Silk, General Manager Commercial, Corporate & Institutional, Westpac New Zealand


SESSION 6: Financing the transition

Major financial investment is required to fund both transitioning to a low carbon global economy and building resilience to unavoidable climate change impacts. What is the size and nature of the investment under different transition pathway scenarios? What tools are available to leverage finances to facilitate the transition? What is required to give investors’ confidence to direct finances towards sustainable business and new low-carbon technologies? Are there opportunities for innovative New Zealand businesses in helping the Pacific adapt to manage the effects of climate change?

Chair & Opening Comments: Ken Edge, Strategic Projects Partner, New Zealand Carbon Farming


Investment under different transition pathways & the role of the banking community – Karen Silk, General Manager Commercial, Corporate & Institutional, Westpac New Zealand

Shifting investment: what investors want to knowEmma Herd, Chief Executive Officer, Investor Group on Climate Change

SESSION 7: Business strategy for a 2degree C future

Businesses will need to understand their climate risk in order to avoid stranded assets and to incentivise investment and consumer demand.  This session examines how business strategy can be developed to align with a 2degree C future, the role of business level transition pathways to national and international emissions reductions, and how profits can be generated out of sustainable businesses.

Chair: Hon David Caygill, Chairman, Business New Zealand Energy Council 


The benefits of going carbon neutralDr Ann Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Enviro-Mark Solutions

How business can deliver a 2degree C future through setting science-based targets at a business level and implementing other corporate climate initiatives James Day, Director Australia & New Zealand, CDP

Developing a business strategy to align with a 2degree C future Tracey Ryan, New Zealand Climate Change and Sustainability Leader, EY

SESSION 8: Adapting to climate change

City and building design and development is critical to successful climate adaptation and mitigation. This session uses leading international case studies to look at how robust climate action plans have been developed & used to facilitate adaptation and city-centric carbon reductions by government, business and communities.

Chair: Alec Tang, Acting Chief Sustainability Officer; Principal Specialist Corporate Sustainability, Auckland Council


Adaptation risk investment - Tim Grafton, Chief Executive, Insurance Council of New Zealand

Case Studies

Portland, United States – “Climate Action Plan 2015”Angus Duncan, President, Bonneville Environmental Foundation; Chairman, Oregan Global Warming Commission

Vancouver, Canada – “Greenest City Action Plan” & “Climate Adaptation Strategy” Gordon Price, City Councillor, Vancouver, Canada; Fellow with the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Center for Dialogue

SESSION 9: New Zealand’s transition pathway

The world needs to get to net zero emissions.  New Zealand has been thinking about the best way to get there.  So have other countries. What should New Zealand’s transition pathway look like?  This session examines the development of transition pathway policy frameworks and the possible structure and content of such a framework for New Zealand.  

Chair: Dr Janet Stephenson, Directory of the Centre for Sustainability, Otago University


Transition pathways – the UK experience Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change, United Kingdom (pre-record)

Transition pathways – a critical analysisSir Jonathon Porritt, Director-Founder, Forum for the Future (pre-recorded video)


Dr Megan Woods, Spokesperson on Climate Change, Labour Party

James Shaw, Co-leader, Green Party

Professor David Frame, Director, Deep South National Science Challenge, IPCC author

Lawrence Yule, President, Local Government New Zealand

Rachel Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Sustainable Business Network

Professor Barry Barton, School of Law, University of Waikato


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