Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 

Smart environment decisions give competitive edge

27 October 2006

Smart environment decisions give Auckland businesses a competitive edge

The graduation yesterday of 26 businesses from the Auckland EnviroSmart pilot programme illustrates what ordinary Kiwi businesses can do to protect the environment.

"Through EnviroSmart practical assistance is given to business participants to help create successful and sustainable businesses," says Ministry for the Environment Chief Executive, Hugh Logan. "The steps each business takes can then be recognised through the achievement of Enviro-MarkNZ certification.

"Kiwis and the international marketplace are beginning to demand better and demonstrated environmental performance. EnviroSmart businesses are creating a competitive advantage for their products and services.

"While we can't work on an individual basis with every business in New Zealand, we can and we will continue to invest in programmes like EnviroSmart," says Mr Logan.

The pilot programme was a council initiative which the Ministry for the Environment strongly supports. The success of this and a previous North Shore City pilot programme led to the launch of the national EnviroSmart programme which is backed by 24 councils and the Ministry.

The Ministry for the Environment also recognises environmentally proactive companies through initiatives such as the Govt3 programme which supports environmentally sustainable procurement within government.

"A healthy environment is the basis of a vibrant economy and people's quality of life. By participating in EnviroSmart, these businesses are helping to ensure that New Zealand's economic growth is environmentally sustainable."

The Ministry contributed $34,000 to the Auckland EnviroSmart pilot programme.

To find out more about the national EnviroSmart programme and the benefits for your business go to www.envirosmart.co.nz.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Tourism: Employers Welcome Back Working Holidaymakers

Tourism businesses gearing up for the return of Australian visitors from next week will be relieved to learn that they will also have access to an offshore pool of much-needed job candidates, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says. Tourism employers around ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Latest Broadband Report Confirms Improved Performance Of Premium Fibre Plans

The latest report from the Commerce Commission’s Measuring Broadband New Zealand programme shows that the performance of Fibre Max plans has improved substantially. This follows a collaboration between the Commission, its independent testing partner, ... More>>

Air New Zealand: Capital Raise Deferred

Air New Zealand has decided to defer its planned capital raise to later in 2021 allowing more time to assess the impacts of recent developments on the airline’s path to recovery. 'We’ve seen some clearing of COVID-19 clouds recently, with ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Cartel Conduct Now Punishable By Up To 7 Years’ Jail Time

Cartel conduct can now be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to 7 years, after the Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Act 2019 came into effect today. Cartel conduct includes price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging (see ... More>>

Stats NZ: New Report Shows Impact Of Demands On Land In New Zealand

A new environmental report released today by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, presents new data on New Zealand’s land cover, soil quality, and land fragmentation. The land cover data in the report, Our land 2021 , provides the most ... More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: March Card Spending Rebounds Despite COVID

There was a lift in retail card spending in March following a fall in the lockdown-disrupted February month, Stats NZ said today. Seasonally adjusted retail card spending rose by $53 million (0.9 percent), compared with February 2021. Visit our website to read ... More>>

PwC: Outcome Of Review Into Air New Zealand Gas Turbines Business

Air New Zealand has received the report into its Gas Turbines business from independent external advisers PwC. Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh says the report identified a range of effective controls in the Gas Turbines revenue contracting ... More>>