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Workshop 3

Climate Change: What are the Opportunities and Challenges for Business in the Coming Decade?

7.30 - 9.30am, Wednesday 29 August 2018, Stamford Plaza, Auckland

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  • What are the big opportunities for business and the economy arising out of climate action?

  • What can businesses do now to prepare for and face challenges brought about by climate change?

  • How important is legislative reform and what is the likely impact of such reform?

  • How can a business’ contribution to climate action and carbon neutrality be calculated?


Brett Tomkins
Partner - Deloitte

Brett has been involved in sustainability for over a decade, and is passionate about helping organisations to think beyond the financials. Brett believes in "Integrated Thinking" which means taking a holistic view on value creation provides better outcomes for all stakeholders over the long term and as such means that our collective futures are assured. The road is not easy, but this is what makes it exhilarating. Brett's personal objective is "Pioneering to make life better" and this is what drives him to make a difference.

Andrew Eagles
Chief Executive - New Zealand Green Building Council

Andrew is a qualified economist with more than fourteen years’ experience in the built environment. Working for consultancies, associations, government and built environment charities, he has a wealth of knowledge in housing, market mechanism, advocacy and the construction supply chain.

Andrew joined the New Zealand Green Building Council in September 2016 as Chief Executive. The New Zealand Green Building Council is the country’s leading not-for-profit for the sustainable built environment. As well as exemplary research, the NZGBC oversees Homestar and Green Star the award winning certifications for New Zealand homes and buildings. NABERSNZ, the tool for confirming performance of offices in use, is also rising in popularity.

Ann Smith
CEO - Enviro-Mark Solutions

Ann is a recognised thought leader and representative on a number of national and international sustainable business and carbon management forums. She leads Enviro-Mark Solutions with expertise on latest developments in international best practice and standards on carbon inventories, footprinting and reporting, carbon reduction and offsetting, and Science Based Targets.

Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited is the home of the CEMARS, carboNZero, Enviro-Mark and Energy-Mark certification programmes which assist organisations to improve their carbon, environmental, and energy management. As a subsidiary of Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, Enviro-Mark Solutions’ programmes are science-based and programme certification is highly regarded for its credibility and integrity.

Ann is passionate about supporting businesses to improve their environmental performance and contribute to New Zealand's transition to a sustainable low carbon economy.

Helen Jenkins
Sustainability and Environment Manager - Auckland Airport

Helen is a sustainability professional specialising in carbon reduction, climate change adaption and sustainability in the infrastructure sector. She is an advocate for recognising impacts of climate change within business risk management processes and embedding climate related initiatives within existing business strategies. For the past ten years Helen has worked in the road, rail and utilities sectors to implement climate change reduction and adaption initiatives on major infrastructure projects. Helen has worked with climate leading organisations such as Network Rail and Anglian Water in the UK and currently works for Auckland Airport. As head of sustainability for the airport, a major focus is carbon reduction and implementing the climate change adaption plan for the airport.


Jennifer Tunna
Principal - Lowndes

Jennifer has broad experience within the finance sector, particularly in insolvency and restructuring. She has been centrally involved with many of the largest and most complex corporate collapses in recent times.

Jennifer has over 12 years’ experience with leading firms in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She has significant experience in executing business and asset sales across a range of industry sectors, particularly in distressed situations.

Jennifer also has experience in various aspects of contentious insolvency.

Since 2013, she has been recognised as an ‘Associate to Watch’ by Chambers and Partners.