What we can learn from Ākina's Emission Reduction Submission

Lauren Simpson Nov 26, 2021 1:25:45 PM

Ākina, a leading impact development consultancy, has done important mahi in creating a submission to the Ministry for the Environment's Emission Reduction Plan.


The Ākina Foundation's submission touches on many valuable recommendations for the New Zealand Government – recommendations that can make a bold, meaningful impact.


Last week, we wrote about how Aotearoa needs a balance between the big commitments that can help our largest carbon-emitting sectors find new, greener ways of operating; while synchronously implementing tools that work on eliminating emissions right now.


Ākina's submission identifies tangible ways of doing just that.


Two recommendations that stood out from the submission were:


1. We strongly recommend that the Government’s procurement rules are further strengthened, particularly with a focus on the implementation of the rules and that MBIE NZ Government Procurement plays a leading role in the Government’s response to reducing emissions.


2. We recommend that the Government identify suppliers that create positive impact by working with partners like Ākina and Amotai, and strengthen relationships with these partners in order to build both the demand and supply of goods and services that contribute to broader outcomes.


Aotearoa New Zealand is brimming with innovative businesses that have the technology to drive genuine change for our country, our economy and our people.


Many of these businesses have already done the heavy lifting needed in providing solutions that reduce emissions.


But procurement, like Ākina said, needs strengthening to ensure these sustainable and diverse businesses are actually prioritised.


By uniting with partners to the likes of Ākina, Amotai and the Sustainable Business Network – Government and Enterprises can connect with businesses that help actively them progress towards their goals. 


As we mentioned last week, Aotearoa (New Zealand) has now committed to halving its 2005 net GHG emissions by 2030, and the public sector has pledged itself to be carbon neutral by 2025.


But these goals won't be met if we don't take tangible action, and working with businesses that have already created the tools to reduce our carbon footprint is the quickest way forward.


We commend the mahi (work) by Ākina and strongly encourage you to read the submission if you haven't already: Read it here.



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