Articles about Sustainable Business

Failure not an option with Emissions Reduction Plan

Posted 22 June 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

The release of New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan sets new urgency around our country’s transition to a carbon-zero future and means slashing 11.5 million tonnes of carbon equivalent off our emissions by 2025. The plan reveals how the Government will meet New Zealand’s first emissions budget of 72.4 million tonnes a year and underlines the fact that there is no more time for business as usual when it comes to decarbonisation.  And if greenhouse emissions and tonnes of carbon don’t mean a lot to you, picture this; 1 tonne of CO2 would fill 1 large hot air balloon (almost...
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The burning question about solar

Posted 26 May 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

It’s cheap, it’s reliable and it’s not running out anytime soon. So the burning question remains - why isn’t commercial solar as hot as… well, the sun? Today, the business case for solar is becoming more and more compelling when it comes to commercial use. It’s not only good for the environment – it’s also good for your bottom line. With electricity prices going through the roof, solar represents a cheap alternative to cut ongoing power costs and hedge against future electricity price increases. Indeed, solar gets more viable by the day when you consider the gains you...
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Russell Craig – CTO Microsoft New Zealand – Discusses with David Spratt at Total Utilities the cost and business case for Sustainability.

Posted 3 May 2022 by David Spratt

A recent Microsoft report on New Zealand’s sustainability performance shows that more than three quarters of NZ businesses now have carbon reduction plans and policies. But that’s where the green wave crashes into a wall – and uncertainty about costs is a major factor. According to Microsoft’s ‘Accelerating the Journey to Net Zero’ report, two related reasons stand out as to why businesses are failing to meet their targets. One is that businesses are unsure how to monitor their emissions, giving them no clear baseline or way to chart their progress. The other is cost. But as...
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The Tragedy of the Commons and why we should learn from it.

Posted 21 April 2022 by David Spratt

Part Three of Planet Spratt’s Journey to Sustainability The tragedy of the commons is an economic problem in which every individual has an incentive to consume a resource, but at the expense of every other individual—with no way to exclude anyone from consuming. Initially it was formulated by asking what would happen if every shepherd, acting in their own self-interest, allowed their flock to graze on the common field. If everybody does act in their apparent own best interest, it results in harmful over-consumption (all the grass is eaten, to the detriment of...
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Lights, carbon, action for this year’s Earth Hour

Posted 26 March 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

Today’s Earth Hour (Saturday 26 March, 8.30 – 9.30pm NZ time) again puts climate action into the spotlight – but a recent MYOB survey highlights that while there’s strong support for climate action among SMEs, many are confused about how to progress. Earth Hour, which started in 2007 as a symbolic lights-out event, is now held around the world on the last Saturday of March each year to promote action on climate change and to ensure a brighter future for people and the planet. So, what better time to explore results from the latest MYOB small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)...
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WE. He Never says WE.

Posted 24 March 2022 by David Spratt

A Journey to Sustainability with Planet Spratt Jims Arboretum Legacy “If a thousand years were to pass in a second what would be left of us?”The Dig – Movie I read somewhere that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is today. Autumn is coming and with the rains will come the opportunity to begin planting out the stream on my property that is so in need of a kind and considerate lover.  It is only five weeks but my efforts to bring my stream back to life have been an inspiration. Not in a, “Gee Dave, you are a great green guy,” kind...
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Knowledge is power with Total Utilities Market Commentary

Posted 18 March 2022 by Chris Hargreaves

Staying ahead in business is often about being the first, being the best or doing something that no-one else has thought about.  But being the best demands an ability to gather accurate, independent and reliable information in an increasingly complex world. Total Utilities Market Commentary will help provide you with all the insights and tools you need to take immediate steps to get the very best deal on your utility prices, while simultaneously leading the way with sustainability best practice. We collate market research and trends to help you navigate volatile energy markets and...
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A Journey to Sustainability with Planet Spratt

Posted 22 February 2022 by David Spratt

“I am 75, I have Parkinson’s and I am at the wrong end of the telescope of life”Billy Connolly I may not be facing my mortality in the same dramatic way as our beloved Billy but last November I became an old age pensioner. My Super Gold Card arrived in the mail and last month I went to the movies for $11, the same price as for a child (were they trying to tell me something?) I am young at heart but with a dicky heart. I am sound of mind, but with tinnitus ringing in my head. I’m sturdy, but in a podgy kind of way. In my mind I am thirty, except pretty girls don’t notice...
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New Zealand committed to 50% at COP26

Posted 20 December 2021 by Chris Hargreaves

The COP26 summit brought governments together in Sept 2021 to discuss accelerated actions towards the goals of the Paris Agreement (2015), which is an international treaty signed by 196 participating member states at COP21 in Paris, 2015. It aims to keep the global average temperature at ‘well below’ 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, ideally 1.5 degrees, to strengthen the ability to adapt to climate change, and build resilience; align all finance flows with, ‘a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions, and climate-resilient development’. New Zealand has signed up to...
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Central Otago’s fully electric, sustainable cherry orchard.

Posted 10 December 2021 by Marlies Wilson

Total Utilities helped Forest Lodge save money, gain real-time data visibility, and prove their 100% electric claims to grant providers. All to drive sustainable growth and set an example for food producers around the world. Why they needed us  Forest Lodge Orchard, a high-density cherry orchard in Cromwell, New Zealand, has gone fully electric with a hybrid solar and battery system tied to the grid. Owner-operator Mike Casey supports the national grid by exporting power at peak times. He also aims to provide an example of how an agricultural site can...
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