Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Good news for business and the environment

Media release

8 August 2013

State of the Environment reporting good news for business and the environment

Today’s announcement by the Environment Minister Amy Adams that the Government will legislate for independent environmental reporting is an important step forward for the future of New Zealand’s economy and environment, says the Sustainable Business Council, a division of BusinessNZ.

Penny Nelson, Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, says “This is welcome news as our economy is reliant on the environment. In order to inform as well as strengthen everyone’s accountability over their use of resources, we need to be able to clearly show the linkages between economic performance, environmental quality and the state of our natural resources.

“Better information will allow businesses to fully understand their impact on the environment in their day-to-day activities and the efficiency of their resource use. It’s about considering how the environment and business can work in harmony, and making better decisions around this.

“The proposals announced are ambitious and need to be clear on the purpose of the reporting so we can focus on priorities and data can be sifted efficiently. Defining priorities is crucial if we are to avoid irreversible and large scale losses to our environment, and therefore our economy.

“Business looks forward to being part of the conversation with government, environmental groups and data providers about the best data that is useful for decision-makers and cost effective to provide.

“If we are going to be serious about greening our economy, green growth-related indicators need to be at the heart of this new legislation. This will allow us to benchmark ourselves internationally and measure whether New Zealand is actually becoming a greener economy overall.”


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


MPI: Dry Autumn In Waikato And South Auckland Leads To Drought Classification Drought conditions affecting the primary sector in the Waikato and South Auckland were today classified as a medium-scale adverse event, enabling a package of support for farmers and growers... More>>

Commerce Commission: Invites Feedback On Its Initial Views Of Wellington Airport’s Pricing Decisions

The Commerce Commission is inviting feedback on its initial views, released today, about Wellington Airport’s pricing decisions for specified airport services, such as aircraft parking or airfield and passenger terminal charges, for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024... More>>

Government: Lower Card Fees On Way For Business, Consumers

A Bill to help lower the fees charged when credit and debit transactions are made, will save New Zealand businesses around $74 million a year... More>>

Barfoot & Thompson: Rents Up By Around 3% In Most Areas

The average weekly rent paid for homes in most areas of Auckland has risen by around 3 percent year-on-year. The figures for end March from more than 16,000 properties... More>>

DoC: Smeagol The ‘Gravel Maggot’ Leaves Its Rare Mark On The Remote West Coast
An extremely rare species of sea slug or ‘gravel maggot’ has been detected for the first time on a remote beach in South Westland... More>>

Immigration: Annual Net Migration Loss Of 7,300

The provisional net loss of 7,300 people in the year ended March 2022 was the lowest net migration for a March year since 2012, Stats NZ said today... More>>