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


Carbonreduce® Certification Solidifies Chapman Tripp's Commitment To Environmental Sustainability

Chapman Tripp meets the requirements of Toitū's carbonreduce® certification programme, having measured its greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with ISO 14064-1:2006. The firm is committed to managing and reducing its carbon footprint and has developed an emissions management plan to reach reduction targets.

Previously named Enviro-Mark Solutions, Toitū Envirocare audited and measured the firm's carbon footprint for the reporting period 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018 – with results being published by Toitū this week.

Edward Scorgie, Chapman Tripp’s Corporate Social Responsibility Chair said, “We are reviewing policies and processes for assessing the need for and methods of business travel, reduction and continued recycling of paper and food waste throughout our offices. We are also looking to apply the lessons we have learned over lockdown to inform long term changes to how we operate.”

“The first step in cutting our carbon footprint is understanding our current impact. Now that our baseline carbon footprint is known, we will be talking with our people about what sustainability means for us and them, and how we can better incorporate it into what we do”, says Scorgie.

Chapman Tripp hopes to exceed a conservative initial target of an absolute emissions reduction of at least 3% by 30 November 2022 and the firm is now gearing up to be audited by Toitū for their second reporting period.

Sustainability is high on the firm’s agenda. As part of the firm’s commitment, Chapman Tripp is a member of both the Sustainable Business Council, and the Sustainable Business Network.

The firm is also a partner in The Aotearoa Circle, a unique partnership of public and private sector leaders focused on the pursuit of sustainable prosperity and reversing the decline of New Zealand’s natural resources. Chapman Tripp actively contributes to the Sustainable Finance Forum’s report and roadmap on how New Zealand can move to a more sustainable financial system. Partners Penny Sheerin and Emma Sutcliffe are members of the Forum’s leadership group and technical working group respectively.

In conjunction with Aotearoa Circle, last year Chapman Tripp Partner Daniel Kalderimis and Senior Associate Nicola Swan led a ground-breaking assessment on the duties of company directors and fund (scheme) managers to assess climate change risk in their decision-making. The firm is currently working on a further project with the Circle, producing a toolkit for directors on management of climate change risk in New Zealand. It is intended to make climate risk manageable for boards and provide insight on latest legal trends, and is due to be launched in September 2020.

Chapman Tripp’s Auckland office moved into the PwC Tower at Commercial Bay this week – a building where sustainability underpins the design, construction and operation. With a ‘5 Green Star NZ Office Design’ standard, the firm’s new home at Commercial Bay showcases state-of-the-art building services and systems such as rain water harvesting for cooling, a purpose built loading dock to accommodate multiple recycling streams, and organic waste composted on site in worm farm bins located in the basement.

Chapman Tripp is a leading opinion shaper in the climate change area. The firm’s team of legal specialists assist across various practice areas on climate change-related matters, provide practical mitigation and adaptation advice, and insight into what the future might look like.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Auckland Transport: Successful Bridge Repair Opens Two Additional Lanes To Traffic

The opening of two additional lanes on the Auckland Harbour Bridge this morning will help relieve some motorway congestion for motorists heading home to the North Shore tonight. More>>


Statistics New Zealand: COVID-19 Sees Record 12.2 Percent Fall In New Zealand’s Economy

Gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 12.2 percent in the June 2020 quarter, the largest quarterly fall recorded since the current series began in 1987, as the COVID-19 restrictions in place through the quarter impacted economic activity, Stats NZ said ... More>>


Climate: Scientists Release ‘Blueprint’ To Save Critical Ecosystems And Stabilize The Earth’s Climate

A group of scientists and experts produced the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, totaling 50.4% of the Earth's land. The report was published in Science Advances ... More>>


MPI: Independent Review Launched Into Assurances For Safe Transport Of Livestock By Sea

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has launched an independent review of the assurances it receives for the safe transport of livestock by sea. MPI Director-General Ray Smith says Mike Heron QC has been appointed to lead the review, which is expected ... More>>


Computers: New Zealand PC Market Grows Nearly 40% Due To Work From Home Demand

COVID-19 had large impacts on demand for PCs as businesses prepared for lockdowns by purchasing notebooks to mobilise their workforce. In the second quarter of 2020, New Zealand's Traditional PC market experienced a 39.7% year-on-year (YoY) growth ... More>>


University Of Auckland: Whale-Watching By Satellite – Follow Their Travels Online

Scientists have successfully attached satellite tracking tags to six New Zealand southern right whales, or tohorā, and are inviting the public to follow the whales’ travels online. Part of a major research project involving the University of Auckland ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Kiwibank Admits System Failures And Agrees To Pay Customers $5.2 Million

Kiwibank has entered into a settlement agreement with the Commerce Commission after reporting that it failed to have in place robust home loan variation disclosure policies, procedures and systems. In a settlement dated 27 August 2020, Kiwibank admitted that ... More>>

Ministry of Health: Public Transport Distancing Requirements Relaxed

Physical distancing requirements on public transport have been reviewed by the Ministry of Health to determine whether they are still required at Alert Level 2 (or below). The Ministry’s assessment is that mandatory face covering and individuals tracking ... More>>


NZHIA: New Zealand Hemp Industry Set To Generate $2 Billion Per Annum And Create 20,000 Jobs

A new report says a fully enabled hemp industry could generate $2 billion in income for New Zealand by 2030, while also creating thousands of new jobs. Written by industry strategist Dr Nick Marsh, the report has prompted calls from the New Zealand Hemp ... More>>


Stats NZ: One In 14 Employed People Report High Risk Of Losing Jobs

About one in 14 workers say they expect to lose their job or business by mid-2021, Stats NZ said today. A survey of employed people in the June 2020 quarter showed 7 percent felt there was a high or almost certain chance of losing their job or business ... More>>

ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast: NZ Economy Doing Better Than Expected, But Challenges Remain

August lockdown estimated to have shaved 8% off NZ’s weekly GDP, and 0.5% off annual GDP Economy now expected to shrink 5% (year-on-year) by end of 2020 Unemployment rate now expected to peak at 7.2% The latest ASB Quarterly Economic Forecast is less ... More>>