PORTS of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson this week joined with leaders of 60 Kiwi businesses to fight climate change, signing on to the Climate Leaders Coalition.
Mr Gibson said climate change was the issue of our time.
“How we meet this challenge will define us,” he said.
“We can’t expect ‘the government’ to solve the problem alone; we all have to roll our sleeves up, get stuck in and fix this.”
The Climate Leaders Coalition is a collective of business leaders who have each committed to act on climate change and have signed the CEO Climate Change Statement, which commits businesses to measure their greenhouse gas emissions and work to reduce them.
Ports of Auckland has sent a goal to be a zero emissions port by 2040. Emissions at the port have been measured and is the first port in New Zealand to be certified under the Certified Emissions Measurement and Reduction Scheme (CEMARS).
Mr Gibson said it was vital that businesses set individual goals, but by working in partnership more can be achieved.
“The Climate Change Statement sets the agenda and will, I believe, result in a significant change,” he said.
“I look forward to working with our partners and the Ports of Auckland team to reach our zero emissions by 2040 goal and to help put New Zealand’s economy on a sustainable footing.”