New Courses and Combatting Deforestation

New Courses and Combatting Deforestation

News from CEO – Mike Hopkins     

We lead this week’s news with the announcement of four courses being scheduled between now and the end of the calendar year, all delivered online to help with accessibility and keep emissions down. This includes two new courses directly targeting the development of carbon inventories and how to use inventories to identify abatement opportunities. The new courses will be held towards the end of November, the inventory preparation course over a day and a half, the opportunities course over a single day. Both are lead by Toitu Envirocare.
The two new courses join our established courses on Energy Management for Facilities Managers (early November) and Optimising Process Heat Systems (aka Industrial Energy Systems Optimisation), which will be in mid November.
Don’t forget we have a webinar on Monday when Siemens will be talking about their experiences with performance contracting and the delivery of Energy as a Service. New Zealand is currently behind the eight ball on performance contracting and there’ll be plenty to learn from this international giant in this space. You can register through the banner link below.
It was disappointing this week to see a report revealing only 14% of investor companies who signed up to last year’s UN’s Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) initiative on deforestation have followed through with deforestation policies. The initiative was sparked by last year’s extensive Amazon forest fires. Early indicators suggest that this year may be worse again with a drier than average dry season so far. Much can be learned from effective consumer and investor pressure. In South East Asia deforestation for the production of palm oil has declined from 1 million acres a year to less than 250,000 acres per year for each of the last three years, mainly because of awareness and pressures from the consumers of products like soap, biscuits and chocolate and, consequently, investors in those businesses. Similarly, in Africa deforestation for cacao (chocolate) production in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire halved last year. The main driver of Amazonian deforestation is meat production.
Latest predictions indicate that the global energy storage market will increase at a compound annual rate of over 30% up to 2030. While COVID has seen a decrease in installations in 2020 and its effects are predicted to temper activity up to 2023, the research by Wood Mackenzie predicts rapid acceleration thereafter to a level of 741GWh by the end of the decade.
Have a great and safe weekend.
Mike and the team


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This notice is to inform suppliers that the Ministry will be embarking on a programme to improve the internal environments of almost 600 state schools that are small or remote. The programme is expected to take up to four years to complete. Inclusion definitions are:
• Schools that have four or less entitled* teaching spaces (about 100 students)
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The improvements will enhance aspects of the learning environment associated with fitness for purpose, operational efficiency and condition. The improvements are: LEDs, acoustic panels, thermal blankets and residual current devices (RCDs) for electrical safety.
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