NCTS MACRO International
The Complicated World of Logistics
In our recent joint webinar featuring insights from Andrew Jamieson (AJ) of PwC New Zealand and John Pennington (JP) from TradeWindow Assure+, we dived into the pressing issue of climate change, its impacts and the necessary responses from businesses, but also how to leverage this information to create a competitive edge in global markets.
As global temperatures continue to rise, climate change presents significant challenges and opportunities for New Zealand exporters. Below we discuss the key aspects of this complex issue and explore the role of innovative solutions in navigating these challenges.
Understanding the Impact of Climate Change
The rise in global ambient ground temperature, a key indicator of climate change, has resulted in severe implications. These include adverse weather events, an increase in climate-related refugees, and significant economic losses. For New Zealand exporters, these changes could disrupt supply chains and create new challenges in global markets.
Responding to Climate Change
In response to these challenges, businesses need to understand their carbon footprint and prepare for both voluntary and mandatory disclosures. As we transition into a low-carbon economy, building sustainable strategies is not just an environmental necessity but also a business imperative. This involves rethinking operations, supply chains, and business models to reduce carbon emissions, scrutinising every step of operations; from growers and farmers to processing and production, to transportation, all to minimise environmental impact.
Climate Change Risks
Climate change presents both physical risks, such as extreme weather events, and transition risks, including policy and legal risks, market risks, reputation risks, and technology risks. Understanding these risks and developing strategies to mitigate them is essential. This could involve diversifying supply chains, investing in climate-resilient technologies, and enhancing your reputation for sustainability.
Regulatory Momentum and Climate Change
There is increasing regulatory momentum around climate change, both in New Zealand and globally. Staying ahead of these regulatory changes and being transparent in disclosures can enhance your credibility and competitiveness in global markets. The broader Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) mandate is becoming increasingly important. This means not only meeting ESG standards but also demonstrating your commitment to sustainability in every aspect of business operations.