New, go-to solution for climate conscious Kiwi businesses

Kiwi businesses might want to be climate conscious but ordinarily they lack the skills and expertise to make real reductions in their carbon emissions.

That’s about to change with the formation of a new organisation aimed at delivering training, skills and knowledge on carbon emissions reduction to the New Zealand business community, says its chair, Yvonne Gilmore.

“There is widespread agreement among New Zealand businesses that workforce education and training in understanding carbon emissions, and particularly in identifying emissions reduction opportunities, is a critical component of transitioning to a low emissions economy,” Gilmore said.

“This was reflected in submissions to the 2018 Productivity Commission Inquiry and in numerous surveys since.

“But we’re also hearing business doesn’t really know where to go to get that education and training.

“We have launched Carbon and Energy Professionals New Zealand (CEP) to meet that need.

“Either our trained, qualified and accredited members will provide the carbon reduction support business is demanding, or we can train their own staff.”

One of the outputs of the CEP training is that participants are mentored through the process of actually developing a carbon reduction action plan.

This means that if an employer sends staff on the CEP programme they get an actionable plan as well as a trained employee.

Gilmore said that fact makes the CEP programme a ground-breaking initiative that will deliver a material benefit to the New Zealand economy.

“Any company with serious intent to reduce emissions can now, through us and our members, access the expertise to do so,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore says the day will soon come when every large New Zealand business will have a CEP-accredited professional on its staff to help it adapt to a low emissions economy.

The same applies to other sizeable corporate entities like DHBs, local authorities and even government agencies.

“Consumers, the public and shareholders are all demanding the organisations they deal with walk the walk and actively demonstrate their sustainability credentials.

“To do that, they’ll need skilled professionals who have the necessary training and expertise.  CEP will provide them.”

The organisation is to be officially launched in Wellington today by Climate Change Minister James Shaw.

For more information, click this link: Carbon and Energy Professional Training Programme 2020