2017 CCBC Presentations

CONFERENCE DAY ONE: Tuesday 10 October 2017

SESSION 1: Disruption: the Economic Revolution

The old economic order is crumbling. Globalisation and protectionism, shifts away from commodities to advanced technologies, and rapid developments in artificial intelligence and digitalisation are all becoming the new normal. Add climate change to the mix and you’ve got a world like we’ve never seen before. What does this economic revolution mean for New Zealand? Can we cope with this unprecedented disruption to the way we do things?

Chair & opening comments: Lisa Daniell, Head of Sustainability, Air New Zealand (8.4MB - PDF)

Climate change – the underlying disruptor, Professor James Renwick, Victoria University, School of Geography, Environment & Earth Sciences (4.9MB - PDF)

The economic revolution, Dr Matthew Bell, Oceania Climate Change and Sustainability Leader, EY (2MB - PDF) (Facebook Live Stream - Listen with headphones)


SESSION 2: The shape of the New Economy

Does New Zealand business have the capacity to lead the transition to a net-zero-carbon economy? What are the opportunities? Where are the emerging technologies and tools for cutting emissions and adapting to climate change? What does the New Economy look like in New Zealand?

Chair and opening comments: Nigel Brunel, Director Financial Markets, OMF  

The role of carbon markets in New Zealand: making the ETS work, Dr Suzi Kerr, Motu (600KB - PDF)

Financing the future: how to drive sustainable investment Karen Silk, General Manager Commercial, Corporate, Institutional, Westpac New Zealand ( No powerpoint)

Snapshots of the future – NZ 2050-2100

(Pecha Kucha style, 20 slides for 20 seconds each)

(See our Facebook live stream video - Listen with headphones)

Energy Chris Thurston, Account Manager and Sustainability Specialist, EECA (2.3MB - PDF)

Transport Dr Lester Levy, Chairman Auckland Transport (900KB - PDF)

Buildings Andrew Eagles, CEO New Zealand Green Building Council (2MB - PDF)

Bioeconomy Brian Cox, Executive Officer, Bioenergy Association (1.8MB - PDF)


SESSION 3: Government innovating: beyond the ETS

A stock-take of New Zealand’s climate change effort to date. Our gross emissions are climbing when they are supposed to be falling. What’s the plan? How is the Government supporting innovation and the transition to the New Economy? What does business need? Where are the complementary policies and real innovation? How do we stack up next to our neighbours across the Tasman? Are there opportunities in Trans-Tasman business partnerships?

Chair: Simon Watt, Partner, Bell Gully

Government’s role in transitioning to the New Economy, Roger Lincoln, Director - Climate Change Ministry for the Environment (1.8MB - PDF)

Joined up thinking – policy & climate change, Vince Hawksworth, CEO, Trustpower (2.4MB - PDF)

Panel: Business commentary

Enviro-Mark Solutions Dr Ann Smith, CEO (1.5MB - PDF)

EMA (Northern), Kim Campbell, CEO

Trustpower, Vince Hawksworth, CEO

NZ Institute of Forestry & NZ Forest Certification Association, Murray Parrish


SESSION 4: Climate change & litigation: how to get sued, or not

Directors have current and emerging legal and fiduciary responsibilities to consider the impacts of climate change when making investment decisions. Governments have obligations under the Paris Agreement and to act in the public interest. Creating strandable assets is one way of getting sacked by shareholders. But what are the professional risks and responsibilities during the transition? Just how wide is the potential for climate change litigation?

Chair: Malcolm Alexander, CEO, Local Government New Zealand

Climate litigation – a global snapshot, Gillian Lobo, Lawyer: Climate Accountability, Client Earth (800MB - PDF)

Government or business off to court – what for and how real is the risk in New Zealand? Duncan Currie, Director, Globelaw (2.9MB - PDF)

Case Study: Taking the New Zealand government to court Sarah Lorraine Thomson, Solicitor, Fee Langstone & Sam Humphrey, Solicitor, LeeSalmonLong


CONFERENCE DAY TWO: Wednesday 11 October 2017

SESSION 5: International Disruption

Keeping temperature rise to below 2 degrees C requires a global effort. Signatories to the Paris Agreement must report next year on how their NDCs will be achieved. The rules framework is being set. But political disruption means some countries are no longer committed to global action. Can the Paris agreement survive without the United States? What is New Zealand’s role on the world stage?

Chair & opening comments: H E Mr Bernard Savage, Ambassador of the European Union to New Zealand

The UK experience, Lord Deben, Rt Honourable John Gummer, Chair, the Committee on Climate Change (Live Recording Video)

Expectations for COP23, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fijian Prime Minister & Incoming COP23 President (Precorded Video)

What to do about the United States?, Nicky Sundt, Senior Fellow, USA Government Accountability Project, Climate Science & Policy Watch (See Facebook Live Stream video here - listen with headphones)

Panel - New Zealand & the world

Negotiating Jo Tyndall, Acting Climate Change Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

UK perspective Nick Bridge, Special Representative on Climate Change, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK

Implementing the Paris Agreement Kay Harrison, Lead Negotiator International Carbon Markets, Ministry for the Environment

Across the ditch Bianca Sylvester, Managing Director, Carbon Market Institute  


SESSION 6: Revolutionising Land Use

New Zealand is a farming country. Intensification of the primary sector is central to the Government’s Business Growth Agenda. But we’re running into environmental limits, whether it’s too much nitrogen polluting waterways, or biological emissions from animals blowing our carbon budget. What is the future of traditional agriculture in a carbon-constrained world? Have New Zealand farmers got what it takes to adapt to the new global reality? And what are the implications for our large conservation estate?

Chair & opening comments: Dr Kennedy Graham, Chair Globe NZ

The global future of farming: securing the competitive advantage Alex Kazaglis, Engagement Management, Vivid Economics (Live Recording and Presentation 1.1MB - PDF)

Food and the circular economy Professor Ralph Sims, Massey University; IPCC Lead Author (7.5MB - PDF(See Facebook Live Stream Video here - Listen with headphones)

Panel – Land use in 2050

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Pāmu Farms of NZ (Landcorp), Steven Carden, CEO

Fonterra, Francesca Eggleton, Manager, Group Environment  

Massey University, Dr Mike Joy, Senior Lecturer, Ecology & Environmental Science

Forest & Bird, Kevin Hague, CEO  


SESSION 7: Physical Disruption: adapting to climate change

Pressure is building on New Zealand’s infrastructure and natural world. Destructive storm events and pressures from a growing population are costing providers and insurers and creating big investment risks. The first step is to identify risk; the second to protect against it. What’s the process? What does green and resilient look like?

Chair & opening comments: Bryce Davies, General Manager Corporate Relations, IAG

Step 1 - visualising your risk – the Earth Science Model, Mike Williams, Director, Deep South Challenge (2.3MB - PDF)

Step 2 - you’ve identified the risk, now what to do about it? James Hughes, Climate & Resilience Specialist, Tonkin & Taylor (3.3MB - PDF)

Step 3 - application: creating a green, resilient city, Vicki Barmby, Team Leader-Climate Resilience, Urban Sustainability Branch, City of Melbourne (8.8MB - PDF) (See Facebook live stream here - listen with headphones)


SESSION 8: Transitioning

What’s the best pathway to the future for New Zealand? Next year, we have to tell the world how we are going to cut emissions to meet our Paris Agreement pledge. Can we rely on international carbon markets to do the work for us, or do we need to do more? And if so, how do we put it in place?

Chair: Rod Oram, Journalist

Following the international example – the Zero Carbon Act Lisa McLaren, Zero Carbon Act national convenor, Generation Zero (1.7MB - PDF)

The Way Forward for New Zealand, Dr Jan Wright, outgoing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (3.8MB - PDF)


(See Facebook live stream here - listen with headphones)

Pure Advantage, Simon Millar, Executive Director (230KB - PDF)

KPMG, Julia Jones, Farm Enterprise Specialist  

Victoria University, Associate-Professor Marjan van den Belt, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability)  




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