Project Gigaton

Project Gigaton
This week was, again, very active kicking off with our last networking event for the year in Christchurch on Monday evening. We were once again joined by Crombie Lockwood, Rosser Underwriters and Toitu Envirocare. The feedback I heard was that the terms are very good and well worth looking through. More information will be available on our website next week
This week saw the kick off of COP25. Notwithstanding the circus of 30,000 representatives, delegates and activists descending on Madrid – mostly by air – this round is a critical step in the programme as its intent is to get to grips with the practicalities of lower emissions, in particular how emissions will be verified, priced and traded internationally. While it may be an exaggeration to suggest it’s make or break for the impact of the Paris round it would only be a slight one.
In less publicised news, we heard this week that battery prices continue to plummet, falling 87% in real terms since 2010, according to Bloomberg. They predict prices will continue to fall with increasing economies of scale and supply chain optimisation and will be below US$100 per kWh by 2024 (in real terms), the point at which they expect price parity.
Investor pressure is starting to see the emergence of significant trends in the transport sector. A survey of 57 of the world’s leading transport sector companies covering vehicle manufacturers, airlines and shipping companies reports 35% have set emissions targets in line with Paris targets, with the main drivers recorded as investor and consumer pressures, rather than regulation. The authors (Transition Pathway Initiative) caveat the findings by noting they surveyed the biggest organisations with highest profiles in these sectors and that the wider sector performance will likely lag this. It seems that the shipping industry is showing up best in terms addressing emissions with aviation the poorest.
Finally this week, a huge welcome to our new Members and Corporate Partners approved at our Board meeting last week. The list is long as we’re at renewal time but all are equally welcomed.
Individual Members
David Palmer (Chief Technical Officer) Natural Fibre Technology
Luke Cartmell-Gollan (Collaborative Solutions Lead) Contact Energy
Yariv Edery (Engineer) YEH Renewable Energy Consultants
Katharina Achterberg (Student) Victoria University of Wellington
Partner Members
Shaun Matthews (Senior Project Engineer) Jackson Engineering
Martyn Round (Industrial Design Manager) Jackson Engineering
Kevin O’Connor (Senior Engineer) Jackson Engineering
Alyx Pivac (Sustainability Advisor) Genesis Energy
Jessica Rodger (Sustainability Manager) Genesis Energy
Nienke Itjeshorst (Sustainability and Resilience Manager) Kāpiti Coast District Council
John Moredo (Project Manager) Nugreen Solutions
Mark Mathieson (National Business Development Manager) Nugreen Solutions
Anne Richomme (Energy Engineer) Veolia
Brent McWilliam (Energy Services Controls Technician) Veolia
Kristian Jensen (Work Group Manager – Industrial) WSP
Bronze Partners
Energy Link Ltd (Greg Sise & Paul Chapman)


Our inspiration this week comes from an unlikely source, Walmart. At an event in Wellington, we heard from Kathleen McLaughlin, Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart, about its Project Gigaton Programme that aims to save 1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases by 2030. The scale of the organisation and project is, of course, enormous and emissions are being targeted throughout its supply chain as well as in its own freight and outlet operations.
Perhaps the most interesting statistic is that in 2019 they saved 93 million tonnes, a saving that is more than NZ’s gross annual emissions. You can see more about Walmart’s programme here

Tender Opportunities

The Supply and Installation of HVAC System at the Proctor Library, Kerikeri Ref 21907541
The works consist of: Supply installation and commissioning of heat exchange units and ancillary equipment in accordance with the MEPS specification and drawings and all making good to the building fabric.
Close Time & Date: 5.00 pm Monday, 9 Dec 2019
Opotiki Township Street Lighting Infill 2019-21 
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Ōpōtiki District Council [ODC] is inviting tenders for the supply and installation of all necessary materials and to complete all work in order to bring Opotiki Township up to the required pedestrian area (Category P) lighting category standard as defined by AS/NZS 1158.3.1:2005 lighting for roads and public spaces.
Scope of works is for the installation of infill lighting utilising existing pole infrastructure, where possible, and replacement of high Wattage luminaires with LED and CMS units supplied by the Principal within the Ōpōtiki Township.
Close Time & Date: 4.00 pm Thursday, 12 Dec 2019
Residential Retrofit Audit Update (EECA) 
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An update to our earlier notice regarding our intention to procure services to manage the independent audit of our residential retrofit programme, including Warmer Kiwi Homes insulation, Warmer Kiwi Homes heating, and Voluntary Targeted Rates (VTR). The timeframe for release of the Request for Tender (RFT) has been delayed as we investigate the potential inclusion of health & safety reviews as a part of the audit programme.
Close Time & Date: 5.00 pm Friday, 13 Dec 2019
Smart Homes Project -Electronic Sensors and Data Transmission
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Kainga Ora Homes and Communities (Kainga Ora) is a new Crown agency that brings together the people, capabilities and resources of KiwiBuild, Housing New Zealand, and its development subsidiary HLC. This RFP relates to the purchase of a solution that can enable Kainga Ora to monitor the environmental conditions of the homes and contributors to those conditions (e.g. power consumption, external conditions).
Close Time & Date: 12.00 noon Monday, 16 Dec 2019
Te Aroha Primary School – Heating Upgrade 
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Te Aroha Primary School Board of Trustees are seeking registrations of interest from mechanical contractors only to supply & install heat pumps throughout the school.
Close Time & Date: 5.00 pm Monday, 16 Dec 2019
Engineering and Related Services Panel Update 
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have been intending to release a tender for ‘Engineering and Related Services’. MFAT encourage all suppliers interested in working with MFAT, to respond to MBIE’s tender establishing an All of Government Consultancy Services Panel.
Close Time & Date: 5.00 pm Tuesday, 31 Dec 2019
Dolomite Point Redevelopment Environmental Investigations and Approvals
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The Department of Conservation is seeking to engage a supplier to lead and develop an integrated environmental investigations and approvals (EI&A) package for the project.
Close Time & Date: 12 noon Wednesday, 22 Jan 2020
NZ Emissions Trading Scheme Managed Auction Service 
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The Ministry for the Environment (the Ministry) is seeking proposals for a secure Managed Auction Service that is intended to be fully operational and available to undertake regular auctions of New Zealand Emission Units (NZUs) in early 2021.
Close Time & Date: 5.00 pm Friday, 24 Jan 2020
Panel Contract for Facilities Consultancy Services Details 
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Bay of Plenty DHB (BOPDHB) is seeking to identify and select a number of suitably qualified and experienced consultants to form a Panel of pre-qualified suppliers available for facilities / property project related opportunities over the next five to seven years. BOPDHB operates from multiple facilities across the wider Bay of Plenty region that periodically require consultancy advice relating to building maintenance and or construction services.
Close Time & Date: 3.00 pm Friday, 14 Feb 2020

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