Major companies representing 36 percent of New Zealand’s private sector GDP will prioritise the development of low carbon precincts and increasing energy efficiency as part of post-Paris actions to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change.
They have also called on the central government to ensure cross-party support for a business-led transition to a low carbon-economy.
BusinessNZ’s Major Companies Group and Sustainable Business Council issued the call as part of a Business Brief on Climate Change released this week. The brief sets out the groups’ agenda for leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.
It also calls for the government to negotiate “an ambitious, inclusive post-2020 global climate agreement” at COP21 in Paris next month.
BusinessNZ also simultaneously released the results of its Climate Survey, which showed that two-thirds of its member companies already have emissions reduction targets in place.