Climate Leaders Coalition celebrates its 100th signatory

The Climate Leaders Coalition is celebrating its 100th signatory – agritech and herd improvement co-operative, LIC.

“We established the coalition nearly a year ago to create a movement for business action on climate change. Over that time we’ve grown from 60 to 100 signatories and continue to gain the momentum we need to help transition New Zealand to a low emissions economy,” coalition convenor and Z Energy chief executive Mike Bennetts says in a media release.

Together the coalition now represents 60 percent of New Zealand’s gross emissions, employs nearly 180,000 people, and makes up more than a third of private sector GDP.

“The leadership shown by coalition signatories is helping others make faster progress on a range of issues including reducing emissions from transport, process heat, waste, and supply chains. It’s also become a community for organisations to collaborate on topics including adaptation and innovation,” Bennetts says.

The coalition’s 100th signatory, LIC, is a farmer-owned agritech and herd improvement co-operative which supplies genetics to breed about 80 percent of the national dairy herd, diagnostic testing, farm software and automation technology.

Chief executive Wayne McNee says they joined the coalition because the co-op is committed to playing its part to reduce emissions and take action on climate change.

“As a co-operative with 10,300 dairy farmer shareholders, we understand the role we can play in driving positive change with collective action on climate change.

“A core part of our business is providing farmers with superior genetics, and through this work we’re aiming to drive sustainability improvements and reduce emissions on-farm.”

The coalition will celebrate its first anniversary at the end of the EMBARK event on 24 July at Skycity Auckland. EMBARK is designed to empower business action on climate change. www.embark2019.nz

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