2019 CCBC Presentations

Climate Change & Business Conference 2019

Conference Day 1: Tuesday 8 October 2019

Conference welcome
Rod Oram,Conference Moderator
Otene Rewiti, Ngati Whatua Orakei

Watch the video of the Otene's welcome here.
Watch the video of Rod Oram's opening comments here.

Session 1
Opening plenary: The difference between transition & arrival: where are we going and how do we get there?  

Sponsored by Bell Gully

Where the world is going to arrive is not clear:  1.5°, 2°, 3°, or more of warming are all still potential futures.  Which one eventuates depends on how fast we act and how hard we work to change.  What is clear, is that a transition from the status quo to a way of acting that aligns with climate change resilience must happen.  To set the scene for the two days ahead this session explores both: the potential end points and their physical, economic, and operational implications for business, and progress on New Zealand’s transition to climate change resilience.

Keynote: The 10 things every company needs to know: physical, economic, and operational implications of climate change
Rod Oram, Conference Moderator & Timothy Naish, Professor in Earth Sciences, Antarctic Research Centre

Watch the video of Tim Naish here.

Keynote: The Government’s climate change policy: parts, progress, and wider policy implications next year, in 5 years, in 10 years
Hon James Shaw Minister for Climate Change

Watch the video of Hon James Shaw here.

Panel: The many moving pieces: what’s driving business to understand and act on climate change issues now, and what will going forward? 

Watch the panel video here.

Chair: Rod Oram, Conference Moderator
Catherine Leining, Policy Fellow, Motu
Brett O’Riley, Chief Executive, EMA
Simon Watt, Partner, Bell Gully
Andy Sibley, General Manager Innovation and Ventures, Contact Energy

Session 2
Plenary: A climate change resilient future for all, not just the lucky few

The shift towards a net-zero world will bring transformation on a gigantic scale.  It will impact all sectors, jobs, and communities.  If the world we are moving towards is to be a good one, we need to make sure that no one is left behind; that the transition is fair, respects the rights of people, and builds a green and inclusive workforce.  Business has a critical role in making that vision of the future a reality.  The question is what is that role and where to start?  This session examines practical considerations, steps, and processes for businesses to follow to ensure a just transition for its workforce and the local community, and the opportunities this presents.

Chair: Rod Oram, Conference Moderator

Keynote: The B Team & Just Transition Centre’s guide to making your business’s transition to net zero a fair and inclusive one: the why, the how, and a snap shot of the who

Emily Hickson, Senior Manager, B Team Net-Zero by 2050 programme (pre-record)
Emily Hickson powerpoint
Emily Hickson video

Panel: The role of business in achieving a climate resilient future for all New Zealanders 

Watch the panel video here.

Florence Van Dyke, co-founder, Chia Sisters
Richard Wagstaff, President, Council of Trade Unions
Dr Shaun Awatere, Senior Kairangahau Māori, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Dr Anna Berka, Consultant
William Schleizer, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Institute

Watch the video of Session 2 here.

Session 3
Plenary: The position of the opposition

Chair: Rod Oram, Conference Moderator

Keynote: The National Party’s climate change policy and why it will deliver the change that’s needed in the time we have
Hon Scott Simpson, Climate Change Spokesperson, National Party

Watch the video of Session 3 here.

Session 4A - Risk & Resilience
Preparing for the physical impacts of climate change: putting together a physical-risk adaptation plan

Sponsored by LGNZ & T+T

The physical impacts of climate change are already being felt and regardless of the end point – 1.5°, 2°, or 3° of warming – the impacts will be significant and will need to be managed. This workshop will take attendees through designing and implementing a risk-assessment process, and how to develop an adaptation plan. The workshop will cover: which warming end points to focus on, how to identify risk types/areas, how to assess the specific risks you face, and how to develop and implement an adaptation plan.

Chair: James Hughes, Climate and Resilience Specialist, Tonkin & Taylor

Keynote: Climate science and the impacts of a 1.5°, 2°, or 3° world 
Petra Pearce, Manager Climate, Atmosphere & Hazards, NIWA

Keynote: Building on the science to understand risk & converting to an understandable and actionable plan
James Hughes, Climate and Resilience Specialist, Tonkin & Taylor

Exercise: Putting it into practice: risk assessment and adaptation planning  (link to report)

This exercise will involve working in groups on some example climate impact scenarios, including a risk assessment exercise and development of adaptation options.

Session 4B - Tools & Tech
Thinking about & planning for an uncertain future: the 3 Horizons approach to climate change sustainability

Creating a guiding vision for your organisation is becoming increasingly vital but challenging, in the face of future uncertainty and ambiguity. Building an effective regenerative strategy requires us not only to address our sustainability practice today, but through foresight, consider the drivers of change that will influence our future operating environment too. This session will look at how we can improve our sustainability strategies through foresight in a way that creates space for people with varying backgrounds and perspectives to build a shared vision of a regenerative future.  The Three Horizons framework has emerged over recent years as a practical approach to help people with these challenges, and the session will round off with a hands-on introduction to its use.

Chair: Barbara Nebel, Managing Director, thinkstep

Presentation: A business introduction to the 3 Horizons approach to climate sustainability: why it’s useful, when you’d use it, and how you go about it.
Barbara Nebel, Chief Executive, thinkstep
Phil Tate, Futurist, thinkstep

Case study: Tourism 
Bruce Bassett, Industry Strategy Manager, Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Exercise:Applying the Three Horizons Framework

Session 5A - Risk & Resilience
The flow on effect: what does local government liability for the impacts and causes of climate change mean for business

Sponsored by LGNZ & T+T

Local government is taking steps to understand the nature and extent of its responsibility for managing the l impacts and causes of climate change, and the legal implications if it fails to do so.  The decisions local government makes will impact business.  They will also create opportunities.  This workshop will provide attendees with an insight into local government liability, their likely next steps, and the implications and opportunities these steps present for different businesses.

Chair: Mark Baker-Jones, Special Counsel Climate Change, Simpson Grierson

Presentation: Local government litigation risks from failing to manage the impacts or causes of climate change
Malcolm Alexander, Chief Executive, Local Government New Zealand

Presentation: How local government is likely to react
Raf Manji, Christchurch City Councillor & Finance Spokesperson

Panel: Business opportunities & implication
Bryce Davies, General Manager Government & Stakeholder Relations, IAG
Michelle van Kampen, Development & Commercial Manager, Willis Bond
Bronwyn Carruthers, Barrister

Session 5B - Tools & Tech
Overcoming contradictions & uncertainty: The art of climate change communication & changing behaviour

Talking about climate change isn’t easy.  It entails converting complex science into simple language.  It requires triggering excitement over opportunities while managing fear of the unknown.  It means promoting actions that reduce emissions while still emitting in other ways.  This workshop will introduce attendees to behaviour change science and how it can be used to significantly improve your business’s approach to communicating climate change-related action internally and externally.

Chair: Dr Janet Stephenson, Centre for Sustainability, Otago University

Presentation: What is behaviour change science, and key communication dos and don’ts
Sophie Heighway, Sustainability Initiatives Manager, Auckland Council

Panel: Learning from experience: what worked, what didn’t, why
Sophie Heighway, Sustainability Initiatives Manager, Auckland Council
Raveen Jaduram, Chief Executive Officer, Watercare Services
Kaapua Smith, Head of Sustainability, Contact Energy
Gerri Ward, Sustainability Manager, Z Energy

Conference Day 2: Wednesday 9 October 2019

IOD Board Directors Breakfast: Mind the Heat: climate change and director’s duties


Sponsored by EY

The issues which climate change resilience and emissions reductions raise are numerous and complex. And because they present physical, liability, and economic transition risks to business, they go directly to governance.  This breakfast session will examine the impact of climate change on New Zealand’s financial system, the relevance of climate change at a governance level and how to incorporate climate change into governance decision-making.

Chair: Kirsten Patterson, Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors

Presentation: The impact and relevance of climate change to New Zealand’s financial system
Simone Robbers, Assistant Governor & GM Governance, Strategy, & Corporate Relations, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Presentation: Why climate change matters to directors 
Lloyd Kavanagh, Senior Partner, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Presentation: How to incorporate climate change into governance decisions 
Pip Best, Director Climate Change, Sustainability and EHS Services, EY

Q&A with presenters

Session 6A - Finance & Markets
Rerouting New Zealand’s financial system to support our Paris commitments

The finance sector has a critical role in unlocking the potential of clean growth.  Following in the footsteps of the European Union, Canada, China and the United Kingdom, the Aotearoa Circle’s Sustainable Finance Forum is currently designing a roadmap to help New Zealand’s financial system move to one that supports economic, social, and environmental outcomes. A system that aligns with our Paris commitments, reducing emissions, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, is critical in achieving all three.  In this session attendees will learn about the Canadian and British experiences and delve into the Forum’s draft roadmap for New Zealand, examining what success looks like, key transition steps, and opportunities for business.

Chair: Joanna Silver, Head of Sustainable Finance Corporate Advisory, Westpac

Presentation: Canadian Sustainable Finance – recommendations, implementation, business opportunities & impacts, & lessons for New Zealand 
Barbara Zvan, Canadian Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance (live link)

Presentation: The UK’s Green Finance Strategy – the Taskforce’s recommendations, the Strategy itself, & lessons for New Zealand 
Nicholas Alton, British Deputy High Commissioner to NZ

Presentation: The EU’s action plan on sustainable finance
Pip Best, Leader of Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

Presentation: The financial system for a clean, green, future New Zealand – outline of the Sustainable Finance Forum’s draft roadmap 
Karen Silk, General Manager of Commercial, Corporate and Institutional, Westpac NZ

Speaker audience Q&A

Session 6B - Tools & Tech
Accelerating your low carbon transition with energy efficiency

Sponsored by EECA

Improving energy management is one of the most affordable ways a business can reduce carbon emissions – and has wider benefits for business in terms of system efficiency, reduced costs, health and safety, and staff engagement. EECA has been working with businesses to improve their energy use for nearly 20 years, and today works in partnership with 100 of the country’s biggest energy users. In this workshop, EECA will share some of the insights it has gained over the years into what’s needed for a successful and ambitious energy management programme within a business. It will also introduce its latest programme offering for businesses wanting to accelerate the transition to a lower carbon model of operating.

This interactive workshop will allow time for discussion and questions.

Achieving ambitious energy reductions: insights from EECA’s partnerships with New Zealand’s biggest energy users
Eddie Christian, Group Manager Market Engagement, EECA

A case study of working with EECA as part of its energy reductions partnerships programme
Matt Harcombe, Senior Advisor Sustainability – Silver Fern Farms

Session 7A - Risk & Resilience
Strategic climate change adaptation: resilience and success are about more than responding to physical impacts

Sponsored by Ports of Auckland

Often when people think about adapting to climate change, they think sea level rise.  But for business it’s about much more.  It’s about anticipation of both supply and demand-side opportunities and risks, of changes in policy, energy, finance, and infrastructure, and then being agile enough to react to those changes as required.  In this session attendees will explore what climate change-related disruptors are likely to demand changes to BAU, how to start strategically planning for them, and hear from businesses doing this now.

Chair: Bryce Davies, Senior Manager Government & Stakeholder Relations, IAG

Presentation: The big picture: getting your business ready to manage the strategic changes required to adapt to and succeed in a low emissions economy
Simon Watt, Partner, Bell Gully

Rosie Mercer, General Manager Sustainability, Ports of Auckland
Chris Thurston, Head of Sustainability, Watercare Services
Dr Charles Ehrhart, Direct Sustainable Value Unit, KPMG
James Carberry, Head of Sustainable Opportunities, Contact Energy

Session 7B - Tools & Tech

What to do about carbon: an introduction to footprinting, reducing, and offsetting
The first step in addressing your emissions is knowing how much you emit.  This makes for a straightforward sentence but isn’t all that easy.  In this session attendees will work through the key steps of the process: What is carbon footprinting?  How do you calculate your footprint? What do you do once you know?  What’s the difference between reducing and offsetting, and what should be your focus?

Chair: David Tong, Climate Change Programme Manager, WWF

Presentation: Carbon footprinting – what, how, and what you do once you know
Ann Smith, Chief Executive, EnviroMark

Presentation: Reductions & offsetting – the difference and the pros and cons
Sean Weaver, Director, Ekos

Panel: Learning from experience – why, the easy & hard bits, benefits and key take homes
Mark Harris, Product & Market Development Manager, Meridian Energy
Jo Perkins, P&C Project Manager, Les Mills International
Latesha Randall, Co-founder, Raglan Coconut Yoghurt
James Dalglish, Managing Director, Go Rentals

Session 7C - Finance & Markets
Domestic & International carbon markets: what the market needs to know

The ETS is currently getting a makeover to make it fit for purpose. Other than a price increase, the market impacts of the changes made aren’t clear. There are questions next to supply, demand, import, export, and international linking. There are also questions about whether reliance on a single tool is enough. At the same time, countries around the world are thinking about how best to implement Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and how international carbon markets will develop as NDC’s are ratcheted up. This workshop will examine current domestic and international market arrangements and the changes needed to both over the next 5, 10, and 15 years to reach Paris Targets, the opportunities and implications of those changes for emitters and offset suppliers, and other market-based tools that could be adopted alongside the ETS.

Chair & introductory comments: The state of play – 11 years of the ETS and a short history and overview to the present day 
Nigel Brunel, Director Institutional Commodities, OMF

Panel: Domestic and international market mechanisms now and in a 1.5degree world
Emily Spears, Power and Environmental Products Initiator, BP
John Connor, Chief Executive, Carbon Markets Institute
Matthew Cowie, Senior Policy Analyst Climate Markets, Ministry for the Environment
Dr Christina HoodClimate Policy Consultant

Session 8A - Tourism

Sponsored by Air New Zealand

Tourism is a critical industry for New Zealand. In the year ending March 2018 international tourism expenditure was $39.1 billion, an increase of 7.7%.  However, it is also an industry heavily exposed to the impacts of climate change.  The transportation involved generates significant emissions, many sites and associated infrastructure are coastal, and biosecurity issues are already impeding access to the natural environment.  This deep dive session will explore what a 1.5° tourism industry looks like, key transitional steps for getting there, and what leading providers are already doing.

Chair: Reuben Levermore, Head of Tourism & Regional Affairs, Air New Zealand

Presentation: Tourism in a 1.5° world and the transitional steps to get there
Dr Susanne Becken, Professor Sustainable Tourism & Director Griffiths Institute of Tourism, Griffiths University

Dr Susanne Becken, Professor Sustainable Tourism & Director Griffiths Institute of Tourism, Griffiths University
Chris Roberts, Chief Executive, Tourism Industry Aotearoa
Professor Debashish Munshi, Professor of Management Communication, The University of Waikato
Professor Priya Kurian, Professor of Political Science & Public Policy, The University of Waikato

Session 8B - Diet & Food

New Zealand is well known for its traditional agriculture industry: beef, lamb, milk.  But the human diet in a 1.5° world is going to be markedly different to what it is now.  Partly because of the need to stay within environmental limits and reduce the impact of human production, and partly due to demand.  This deep dive session will investigate what the human diet in a 1.5° world is likely to be, the role that the different parts of New Zealand’s agriculture industry should be looking to play in meeting those dietary requirements, and the changes each will need to make to transition successfully.

Chair: Rod Oram, Conference Moderator

Presentation: The human diet in a 1.5° world and the transitional steps to get there 
Professor Alistair Woodward, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Professor Alistair Woodward, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland
Jeremy Hill, Chief Science & Technology Officer, Fonterra
Kiri Hannifin, General Manager Corporate Affairs, Quality, Safety, & Sustainability, Countdown
Fiona Windle, Head of Nutrition, Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Session 9
Closing plenary: Lessons from abroad: shifting to a climate change resilient future might be new, but transitions aren’t

The changes required across society in order to keep warming to 1.5° and be resilient to associated environmental changes are significant.  But significant and rapid change in order to achieve a specific future is not new.  There are lessons to be learned from the experiences of others of a major shift from the status quo.  These can help business and society to anticipate and overcome issues and plan transition steps in order to turn problems into opportunities.  This session will look at international transition examples to identify key take homes for the shift New Zealand faces.  It will then explore the parts of transitioning New Zealand will find hardest and tools for overcoming them.

Chair: Rod Oram, Conference Moderator

Keynote: Experience & lessons - The first country to have to move: transitioning from the coast 
John Clemo, Change and Resilience Advisor, Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands

Watch the video of John Clemo here.

Keynote: Experience & lessons – From coal to something else: transitioning US communities’ economy, spaces, and mindset through inclusive engagement 
William Schleizer, Chief Executive Officer, Delta Institute

Watch the video of William Schleizer here.

Keynote: New Zealand’s transition to low emissions and climate change resilient future – the small hurdles, the big ones, and how we will overcome them 
Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand

Watch the video of PM Jacinda Ardern here.

Reflections and close
Rod Oram, Conference Moderator

Watch the video of Rod Oram's closing here.

Last updated at 10:40AM on November 5, 2020