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?
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
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)
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
Panel: Business commentary
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
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
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
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
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 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
KPMG, Julia Jones, Farm Enterprise Specialist
Victoria University, Associate-Professor Marjan van den Belt, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability)