Suncorp New Zealand a finalist for Sustainable Business Awards

10 September 2020

Suncorp New Zealand has been named as a finalist for the Sustainable Business Network’s Climate Action Leader Award for 2020, for its commitment to renewable energy generation and reducing emissions. 

The Sustainable Business Awards have been running for 18 years and recognise and celebrate success in sustainability. The Climate Action Leader award is presented to an organisation that is actively leading and delivering impact and scale with climate action.

In 2020, Suncorp Group joined RE100, and made a commitment to use 100% renewable energy by 2025. In July Suncorp New Zealand joined Meridian Energy’s Certified Renewable Energy programme, which allowed the business to report near zero emissions for Scope 2* and reach its target five years early.

“We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Climate Action Leader Award for our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and support sustainable energy generation in New Zealand,” said Suncorp New Zealand acting CEO Jimmy Higgins.

“Sustainable growth and lowering our environmental impact reflects our values of a resilient community, and our vision to protect what matters to New Zealanders.”

Suncorp New Zealand Acting CEO Jimmy Higgins

Suncorp’s climate change action plan has greenhouse gas emission targets in line with New Zealand’s Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act. With 2017-18 reporting as a baseline, Suncorp New Zealand has reduced its Scope 2*emissions by 52%.

“Our investment in renewable energy certification confirms our support of renewable energy generation in New Zealand and is an important step towards meeting our climate action commitments and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.”

Winners will be announced in November. View all finalists here.

*Scope Two refers to the indirect emissions generated through purchased electricity. 

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