2020 CCBC Presentations: Day Two

CONFERENCE DAY TWO: THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2020

SESSION 10 – Plenary: Redefining Finance

Keynote: Climate Change and International Development Finance
Dr David Gawith (Manager, Castalia)

Climate-related financial risk disclosure reporting is here.  So what will this mean in practice for businesses subject to reporting requirements, and for lenders, insurers, investors and other stakeholders?  Our panel will also discuss the efficacy of the fossil fuel divestment movement in achieving emissions reductions, the challenge of stranded assets, and the road ahead for financing green (including the Sustainable Finance Forum’s final report and Roadmap for Action).

SESSION 11 – Plenary: A cap at last!  ETS reforms and the impact on carbon pricing and markets

In this session, our experts will provide an ETS perspective through a market lens:
• From the old ETS to the new ETS
• Auctioning – what does it all mean?
• Price forecast - across the panel.

SESSION 12 – Plenary: Forestry, offsets and the ETS

SESSION 13 – Plenary:  Māori perspectives on climate action

SESSION 14 – Plenary: Local government climate action planning: The power of partnering with business to create low-emissions, climate-resilient cities

Co-sponsored by Auckland Conversations + Panuku Development Auckland

We will hear from a range of representatives across New Zealand about their climate action planning, from mitigation policies and projects to adaptation priorities and strategies, and how they are working with the business community to drive implementation.  Among other things, we will hear about:

  • emissions targets
  • the impact of, and opportunities presented by, Covid-19 on climate action planning, implementation and funding
  • how Councils have collaborated with local business communities to inform their climate action plans
  • climate resilient urban design
  • the particular challenges of water, from sea level rise, inundation and large-scale managed retreat, to the increased likelihood and severity of extreme weather events (including storms, flooding and drought), etc

BREAKOUT SESSION 15A: Closing the loop – Creating a regenerative economy

The EU is pursuing a circular economy in its Green Deal.  What would a circular or regenerative economy look like for New Zealand and why is this relevant to climate change?  What steps would need to be taken from business and policy makers to implement such an economy?  Is the post-Covid recovery our opportunity to pursue a circular or regenerative economy?

Among other things, this session will address the way products are designed, produced, used and re-used/repurposed/recycled; procurement and supply chain management; waste minimisation policies; and we will hear from businesses who are implementing circular economy principles.

BREAKOUT SESSION 15B: Supporting SMEs to take climate action - the role for larger organisations

Our small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) represent about 97% of all businesses. Estimates suggest they contribute about 35% to our GDP. It is likely that their contribution to our climate-warming emissions is at a similar scale.  For New Zealand to meet its net zero goal, we must engage our SMEs in climate action. However, they face various barriers - lack of time, understanding and incentives among them. And, of course, keeping the business going, especially in these challenging times.  Large organisations have a key role to play in supporting their supplier and customer SMEs to take climate action.

This panel-based session will delve into the challenges and opportunities for engaging SMEs in the net zero mission. We will hear from those closely involved in understanding the motivations and needs of SMEs, and those who are practised in engaging successfully with them. We will hear from two major corporates on how they are playing their part by engaging with their SME suppliers and customers.

The session will be facilitated by the Sustainable Business Network (SBN). SBN has established the Climate Action 20/25 project to accelerate climate action by SMEs, with the support of its partners (EECA, Waka Kotahi, NZ Trade & Enterprise, MBIE, Meridian Energy and BNZ).

SESSION 16 – Plenary: Addressing the Adaptation Gap – Tools for Adaptation

Sponsored by NIWA

At CCBC 2019, we ran a workshop which helped businesses to identify and assess their climate change risks.  This year, we revisit a range of adaptation tools, including risk assessment frameworks, with a focus on what businesses and local government need to do with that information in practical terms to address these risks.  NIWA has developed a range of tools that can be used by business and local government to understand and implement adaptation responses, including bespoke serious games which will be demonstrated in the session.  Speakers from Tonkin + Taylor and KPMG will discuss risk assessment and adaptation tools, particularly focusing on risks to physical assets and financial/transition risks.

SESSION 17: Plenary – Leading with Ambition

Poem: “The Waves Never Made It” 
Sponsored by the Hillary Institute

“Carrying the Hopes of the World”: COP 26
Her Excellency Laura Clarke (British High Commissioner)

Business Leading with Ambition
Mike Burrell (Executive Director, Sustainable Business Council)

A Progressive Agenda
Hon David Parker (Minister for the Environment)

Reflections
Rt Hon Simon Upton (Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment)

Last updated at 5:46PM on November 30, 2020