SBC members tell us their top sustainability priority is the transition to a low emissions economy. They work together on multiple freight, energy and waste projects that help reduce emissions.

Resource efficiency is becoming increasingly important for businesses, as awareness of sustainability issues grows. Stakeholders and consumers are demanding more careful use of natural resources.

SBC members know the action required to tackle climate change is too big for any one sector to tackle on its own. That is why they are focused on cross-sector partnerships and collaboration.

SBC is leading a number of projects, including:

Climate Vision Group

The Climate Vision Group brings leaders from government, business, civil society and academic together to develop a shared long-term ambition for a low emissions economy. We have also helped set up a number of Climate Action Groups to deliver 'quick wins', which reduce emissions through energy efficiency, low carbon transport and carbon certification.

SBC is focused on fostering great leaders who take action and increase their influence amongst peers, suppliers and customers. We are encouraging leaders to work together, to make ambitious commitments that will limit global warming.

Freight Efficiency Group

Members of the SBC Freight Efficiency Group are working together to reduce emissions from the distribution of goods and services. They know their procurement decisions can have a positive impact outside of their businesses and in the supply chain. The group has published the Sustainable Procurement Guidelines for Freight, which helps businesses form proactive relationships that will reduce emissions and create greater efficiencies.

To further that work, SBC has also organised three freight sector workshops with EECA. 160 stakeholders from the rail, road and sea freight industries listened to international expert Sophie Punte describe business partnerships, which have made the sector more competitive and environmentally sustainable.

Electric Vehicles

SBC members are amongst the first businesses in New Zealand to order electric vehicles through a new joint procurement scheme. SBC worked with the All of Government Procurement Team at MBIE to come up with the model, which will see the public and private sector team up to buy EVs.

SBC members are embracing the opportunity to lower emissions from their vehicle fleets, with many purchasing EVs. Four members have gone further, receiving funding from the EECA EV Contestable Fund for projects that will install more charging infrastructure, develop car-sharing schemes and trial new rubbish trucks and parcel delivery vehicles.

Value Chain Guide

SBC's Value Chain Guide is an online tool to help businesses review the environmental, social and economic impacts of their operations, and identify potential risks and opportunities. A 'value chain' refers to the full life cycle of a product or process, including material sourcing, production, consumption and disposal/recycling process.

Auckland Airport Green Precinct

SBC, Air New Zealand and Auckland Airport are working together on a range of sustainability initiatives around the airport. SBC is writing a report to share with other business hubs, outlining the approach and key learnings from the project.

Developing partnerships

Strong collaboration between companies and with government is creating a raft of new opportunities to improve sustainability.

  • Several members are participating in EECA's energy programmes and resources
  • SBC is strengthening its partnerships with the Department of Conservation and the Natural Resources Sector

Waste management

SBC hosts a regular SBC Waste Group meeting to support stronger collaboration between members. In addition, SBC is developing further guidance for businesses on waste management.

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Participating members