Going Zero: Showcasing a Carbon Zero Future

Date: Wednesday 4 Sep 2019     Time: 5pm to 6:30pm

Venue: Level 4, PwC, 10 Waterloo Quay, Wellington

There has been a lot of discussion recently around the impacts of climate change on businesses and what we can do to ensure our environment is preserved for future generations. Carbon neutrality is something that all businesses need to consider and build into their overall strategy, but what does it mean to be Carbon Zero? What does it look like and how can we do it well?

“Going Zero: Showcasing a Carbon Zero Future”, kindly hosted by PwC, will shine a spotlight on our members who are successfully implementing programmes to reduce their carbon footprint and will provide you with an understanding of the impact upcoming changes to legislation will have on you and your business.

We will also be sharing highlights from a new film – Our Planet: Our Business that explores the immense value of nature to our economy, the scale of the challenges that we are facing, and the critical role that business can play in creating solutions at scale. As a corporate sponsor of Our Planet: Our Business, PwC are proud to be collaborating with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to share this film amongst Wellington business people.

Hon. James Shaw will set the scene with an update on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, which aims to provide a framework by which New Zealand can develop and implement clear and stable climate change policies that contribute to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

You will then hear from three organisations who are working towards a carbon zero future and have the opportunity to ask your burning questions. You will be inspired by their stories of success and come away with ideas and strategies for how you too can be carbon zero in the workplace.

Spaces are limited so make sure you register now.


Annabell Chartres, Sustainability and Climate Change Consultant, PwC

Annabell Chartres is a Director within PwC’s Management Consulting team and leads the Firm’s Sustainability and Climate Change offering for New Zealand. Annabell’s career in sustainability and climate change has focused on supporting public and private sector organisations to incorporate a sustainability lens into their business strategies and consider and respond to the implications of climate change. Previously Annabell was PwC China’s clean tech sector specialist and has a deep understanding of drivers for commericalisation of clean tech solutions, particularly renewable energy. She has contributed to thought leadership on clean technology market development, the implications of the green economy on traditional business models, and the need for more balanced growth models for business, in international journals and publications. Annabell holds a Masters in International Development from RMIT University, Melbourne, and is a Trustee of the New Zealand chapter of The Hunger Project, an international charity focused on empowering communities across Africa and Asia, to end hunger and poverty.

Steve Dixon, GM Strategy and Partnerships, Enviro-Mark Solutions

Steve develops new partnership opportunities for Enviro-Mark Solutions while managing key relationships and developing new products to meet their customers evolving needs. With over 20 years’ experience in sustainability, and several governance roles under his belt, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge, capability and experience to the team. At present, Steve is focussed on delivering carbon reduction solutions for the primary sector, as well as New Zealand’s SME community.

Karen Fifield, Chief Executive, Wellington Zoo

Karen has been the Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo since 2006 and is a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit MNZM for Business and Animal Welfare.  Karen is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Animal Welfare Committee, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation and Environmental Sustainability Committee, the NZ IUCN Committee, the NZ Sustainable Business Council Advisory Board, the Newtown Festival Board, NZ Head and Neck Cancer Foundation Board and Chair of Netball Wellington Centre Board. Karen won the 2009 HER Business Wellington award for outstanding business leadership and sustainability and the 2010 HER Business NZ National award for outstanding business leadership. Karen was 2010 Wellingtonian of the Year in the Environment category. Karen was a finalist in both the 2014 and 2015 Westpac/Fairfax Media NZ Women of Influence Awards in the Social Enterprise category and the Board and Management category respectively.

Prices (per person):

Members: Free

Non-Member Price: $25 +gst



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 5 clear working days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time and ‘no-shows’ on the day will be charged the full invoice amount. Substitutions are permitted if you can no longer attend.