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National Adaptation Plan Critical Framework For Building New Zealand’s Climate Resilience & More Breaking News

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The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and Climate
Leaders Coalition (CLC) welcome the release of the
Government’s first National Adaptation Plan (NAP) as the
first step to develop an effective and enduring adaptation
response for Aotearoa New Zealand.

“The delivery of
New Zealand’s first NAP is an important milestone in
building a resilient future,” says SBC Executive Director
Mike Burrell.

“We recognise the work that has gone
into coordinating the various elements of our climate
adaptation response in a single framework that provides a
role for central and local government, communities,
iwi/Māori and business.”

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“Ongoing severe weather
events both here, including recent flooding events across
the country, as well as abroad, such as heatwaves and fires
resulting in the northern hemisphere, continue to be acute
reminders of the urgent need to both urgently reduce
emissions and build our resilience in order to manage the
irreversible impacts of a warming world,” says Mr
Burrell.

SBC and CLC welcome in particular efforts to
establish central accountability and progress indicators to
keep New Zealand on track toward its adaptation targets. We
are also pleased to see plans to make available data that
will be critical for decision-making and to prevent
maladaptive investments.

We welcome measures to
enhance education and awareness raising on climate risk and
adaptation. Ensuring we are achieving a fair and inclusive
transition with equity, and people, at its heart will be
crucial to successfully achieving a climate resilient and
low emissions future for all communities.

“While it is
great to see these steps being planned for the next six
years, it will be critical, to see firmer direction and
support provided, particularly to local government, to help
guide decision-making in the immediate term. It will also be
important to establish how this plan will be funded and
resourced if we are to move from business as usual to
reflect the urgency of this adaptation task,” says Mr
Burrell.

CLC Convenor and Spark CEO Jolie Hodson says,
alongside business, government must take a long-term
approach to the country’s adaptation response.

“As
with any plan, its success will come down to effective
execution. Government and business must work in lock-step if
we are to achieve the kind of enduring economy-wide change
that we need to. The NAP provides us with a plan for the
next six years. Building a resilient future for all New
Zealanders is going to require ongoing collaboration and
clarity that enables businesses to act quickly, and that
needs to extend well beyond election cycles,” says Ms
Hodson.

“Bipartisan support is critical to enabling
private sector investment decisions that support a climate
resilient future, where Aotearoa, and all New Zealanders,
can thrive.”

SBC and CLC members are already working
to raise the profile of business adaptation, as well as lift
business capability and action on adaptation through their
recently established Adaptation Working Group. In June this
year, CLC also launched its new Statement
of Ambition which included an increased focus on
ambitious adaptation action for Signatories.

“SBC and
CLC are already stepping up to demonstrate the critical role
business can play. We will continue to build capacity and
momentum in the private sector’s work on adaptation. This
will include exploring innovative approaches to climate risk
and the opportunities created by the transition to a
climate-resilient future. We look forward to working
alongside government to implement and build on this plan
with the urgency this requires,” says Mr Burrell.

Read
a copy of SBC and CLC’s full joint submission on the draft
National Adaptation Plan here.

About
SBC

The Sustainable Business Council (SBC) is a
CEO-led membership organisation with more than 120
businesses from all sectors, ambitious for a sustainable New
Zealand. Members represent more than $118 billion of
collective turnover, 33% of GDP, and nearly 190,000
full-time jobs. Our network gives members unparalleled
influence and the ability to take large-scale collective
action. SBC is part of the BusinessNZ network and is the New
Zealand Global Network partner to the World Business Council
for Sustainable Development. www.sbc.org.nz

About
CLC

The Climate Leaders Coalition (CLC) was launched
in July 2018 to promote business leadership and collective
action on climate change. Coalition signatories now
collectively account for almost 60% of New Zealand’s gross
emissions, $122 billion of collective turnover, around 38%
of GDP, and employ over 220,000 people. Signatory
commitments include measuring and publicly reporting their
greenhouse gas emissions, setting a public emissions
reduction target, and working with suppliers to reduce their
emissions. www.climateleaderscoalition.org.nz

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