On the home front, the ‘Just Transition Summit’ is looking at aspects of the first point and the Government is expected to be advised by the (Interim) Climate Change Committee and others as it shapes the country’s policies and regulations.
The latter point, whether to drive momentum for change by fear or inspiration, is perhaps more targeted at moving individuals and it appears internationally that fear has the upper hand currently.
Last October the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its ‘Doomsday’ report detailing the impact on the planet’s climate at 1.5C and 2C of warming. A February opinion piece in the New York Times started like this ‘The age of climate panic is here.’
The January address to the World Economic Forum by 16yo Greta Thunberg – ‘I want you to feel the fear I feel every day’ – has spurred youth action across the world, including here.
Reducing emissions is not a nice to have for business, it’s a must do. The speed at which that change is achieved can be a friction point for many individuals but they should know committed businesses are playing their part as fast as they can. Sharing, learning and collaboration at all levels of our business has been important for us. We worked with the government’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority when co-firing our Brightwater site near Nelson. Last year our Pahiatua team developed a water recycling initiative and today more than 150 of our milk tankers are using biofuel developed by Z Energy.