Catalyst NZ Ltd - News Feed CGFeedMaker 1.0.16 on CMS Made Simple ( ) August 2017 Newsletter Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:57:41 +1200 May 2017 Newsletter Wed, 31 May 2017 11:44:00 +1200 Export Regulations Compliance Workshop Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:23:09 +1200 Promoting healthy foods without falling foul of the Fair Trading Act There is a real focus in the food industry on producing food that is enjoyable, convenient and healthy for consumers. It’s important to know how to promote healthy foods without falling foul of the Fair Trading Act. We recently worked... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:33:08 +1300 When is a good idea a viable business opportunity? Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:45:23 +1300 First Access Floor EPD in Australasia Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:06 +1300 Catalyst team news Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:57:22 +1300 Sustainability reporting for NZX listed companies Sustainability reporting is encouraged, or mandatory, for listed companies on many overseas stock exchanges, and it looks like New Zealand will soon be following suit. We take a look at the state of play in NZ and what it means... Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:54:53 +1300 Farewell to Malcolm Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:03:48 +1300 Blackcurrants make Korean TV Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:57:24 +1300 Food Product Environmental Footprint Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:49:28 +1300 Catalyst director appointed to FSANZ board Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:41:37 +1300 What is Green IT? Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:35:41 +1300 Meeting New Zealand’s emission reduction targets The New Zealand government has set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, but is yet to develop a policy package to effectively meet these targets. Catalyst’s Kimberly Robertson has taken a closer look at our emission sources and... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:42:04 +1200 Preparing your business for the low carbon economy Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:36:31 +1200 ACE is 10 - time to celebrate! Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:34:04 +1200 Financial help for innovation and sustainability projects Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:31:37 +1200 Catalyst team news Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:29:40 +1200 The Emissions Trading Scheme in a nutshell Wed, 25 May 2016 11:57:34 +1200 Circular Economy Workshops extended Wed, 25 May 2016 11:49:29 +1200 Safe food exporting Wed, 25 May 2016 11:36:52 +1200 A beginner’s guide to securing funding Wed, 25 May 2016 11:19:30 +1200 Revolutionising resource use - Wellington Get up to speed on the hottest business issue of 2016 and discover how you can create value through the circular economy! Taking place at NZ Post House, Wellington, on 7 th  July, this event will show how leading... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:23:27 +1200 Revolutionising resource use - Tauranga Get up to speed on the hottest business issue of 2016 and discover how you can create value through the circular economy! Taking place at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club on 22 th  June, this event will show... Mon, 23 May 2016 10:20:55 +1200 How can your business benefit from the circular economy? Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:50:06 +1200 Safe exporting workshop delivers Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:49:13 +1200 Young Innovators Awards inspire Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:48:38 +1200 Want funding for innovation and sustainability projects? At Catalyst we pride ourselves on successfully helping companies obtain funds for innovation and sustainability projects.  We have worked with clients to access in excess of $12 million of funding from various sources.  Some options are outlined here and if... Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:47:34 +1200 Catalyst joins innovation business hub Tue, 05 Apr 2016 10:46:14 +1200 The circular economy - why it matters The Paris conference on climate change was the first milestone in a long journey for government, businesses and communities around the world. To address environmental issues, new ways of doing business are needed. A circular economy is a credible solution... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:29:36 +1300 High Value Nutrition science symposium Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:28:46 +1300 Carbon Neutral: treading lightly Lower carbon emissions are the way of the future and carbon neutral could become an integral part of the story underpinning New Zealand’s products. The country’s largest farmer, Landcorp, is just one organisation Catalyst Ltd has worked with to reduce... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:27:58 +1300 Natural health products legislation Natural health and supplementary products are widely consumed around the world and in New Zealand. Since 2011 we have been engaged in developing the legislation to balance the demand for commercial enterprise, consumer choice, and protecting public health safety through... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:26:52 +1300 Mentoring at Tauranga Startup Weekend Guiding a good idea to a realistic pitch in a pressure cooker start-up weekend environment requires skill, a bit of tact and a lot of encouragement. Catalyst Ltd’s Malcolm Garnham recently acted as a mentor to budding entrepreneurs at the... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:25:21 +1300 National Statement of Science Investment 2015-2025 –what are the messages for business? The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has released the National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI) 2015-2025, which is their comprehensive plan for science and innovation in New Zealand for the next 10 years. We have read the document and... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:29:13 +1300 Support for budding social entrepreneurs Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:25:39 +1300 Food risk seminar in Auckland Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:22:40 +1300 Meaningful sustainability projects tick the box Is your company looking for a conservation or ecosystem restoration project to invest in as part of its sustainability strategy? Or are you looking for quality “made in New Zealand” carbon credits?  We have two great examples of Kiwi projects... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:21:11 +1300 Tauranga Start-Up Weekend 2015 Start-Up Weekend Tauranga will be held from November 13-15. Join us to participate to this worldwide movement. This year Catalyst’s Malcolm Garnham will be a mentor, in charge of helping one team build a better concept. Come along if you... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:16:04 +1300 Funding for sustainability projects in Canterbury Do you want to get a new sustainability project started in the Canterbury region? The Sustainable Initiatives Fund (SIFT) is a not-for-profit trust committed to ensuring an environmentally sustainable future for Canterbury. It was established in January 2005 through seed... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:56:31 +1200 A new apiculture industry for New Zealand A very buoyant apiculture industry has just held its second annual combined conference.  At the conference the Federated Farmers Bees, the Honey Packers and Exporters Association and the National Beekeepers Association voted by a substantial majority to unify the apiculture... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:55:10 +1200 Is Japanese agriculture becoming extinct? On a recent visit to Japan, Catalyst Ltd director Jane Lancaster noted the impact of rural depopulation and uneconomic farming practices on Japanese traditional agriculture. Government programmes of regional revitalisation have been developed in response, and corporate farming is increasing.... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:52:27 +1200 Are my business risks really what I think they are? In these times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, who has confidence they understand their business risks? Following on from a very successful seminar in Christchurch in June, the Catalyst Food Systems team are offering a seminar in Hamilton. The seminar will... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:48:18 +1200 NZ Trade & enterprise Capability Development Vouchers As the name implies, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Capability Development Vouchers are redeemable vouchers for businesses who want to grow through building capability. Offered through the Regional Business Partners Network, the vouchers partially cover the cost of capability... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:32:51 +1200 A simple guide to reporting your environmental footprint Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:26:38 +1200 How to talk sustainability with the CFO! In partnership with PMAANZ and thinkstep we will be presenting an interactive forum  on how to translate sustainability activities into value for food businesses. Hear about approaches that provide answers to questions from shareholders and customers on what is being... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:37:19 +1200 Want lower interest rates? Look after your Natural Capital! Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:41:19 +1200 Are my business risks really what I think they are? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:22:22 +1200 Want funding for innovation and sustainability projects? At Catalyst we pride ourselves on successfully helping companies obtain funds for innovation and sustainability projects.  We have worked with clients to access in excess of $12 million of funding from various sources.  Some of the options are outlined in this... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:22:48 +1200 Give your business an eco-innovation kick-start Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:56:37 +1200 Website Sustainability pages updated Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:26:58 +1300 OpenGreen® Launch & Special Offer Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:44:49 +1300 Catalyst® to present at PMA conference in Melbourne Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:29:50 +1300 Food systems and what can we learn from food recalls in 2014? Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:22:08 +1300 Attributes of successful growth companies Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:27:24 +1300 The Pie Ranking Programme (PRP) Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:00:08 +1300 Going green for Christmas The festive season is nearly upon us and if you’re searching for great Christmas gifts we’ve got some eco-friendly suggestions with our sustainable gift list. Why not give something interesting and feel good about helping the environment at the same... Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:55:06 +1300 High-Value Nutrition stakeholders forum Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:53:12 +1300 Catalyst introduces ecoPortal to the higher education sector Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:51:03 +1300 OpenGreen®- an eco-innovation process Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:46:45 +1300 Tauranga Startup Weekend Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:43:48 +1300 Kiwifruit carbon footprint findings peer reviewed and published Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:44:41 +1300 OpenGreen, eco-innovation in a tool box Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:43:40 +1300 Lifting the lid on sustainability reporting Sustainability reporting is still in its infancy in New Zealand, but the number of businesses undertaking reporting is on the rise. Earlier this year Catalyst®Ltd’s Wymond Symes was a member of a panel that reviewed the 21 reports prepared by... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:35:45 +1300 CATALYST PROFILE: Who are we? Jane Lancaster Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:30:37 +1300 Introducing Food Systems In a new development at Catalyst ® Ltd we are introducing an enhanced pillar of work, Food Systems , focusing on the quality, safety, and integrity of the food we produce. If you would like to know more about Food... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:06:47 +1300 Catalyst sponsors NZ Life Cycle Conference Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:44:09 +1200 A new member of the team Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:27:24 +1300 Mandatory carbon reporting in the UK Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:39:50 +1200 Callaghan Innovation roadmap Sun, 14 Jul 2013 16:36:39 +1200 Know your bees better! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 16:00:43 +1200 Understanding your value chain Catalyst ® Ltd has been working with Tom Rafferty of Supply Chain STO P/L on a project to understand the costs in bringing food innovations to market in both Australia and New Zealand. Tom has almost thirty years’ experience in... Mon, 01 Jul 2013 08:00:36 +1200 New dairy PGP programme announced The Whai Hua project to develop dairy wellness products and build Maori agribusiness capability is to receive government funding through the Primary Growth Partnership. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has approved co-funding of $1.75 million for the three-year... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:51:53 +1200 More money in the pot for research funding - budget 2013 funding Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:38:28 +1200 GRI reporting course attended Fri, 24 May 2013 10:24:56 +1200 Catalyst Ltd carbon neutral Fri, 24 May 2013 10:04:57 +1200 ACE updated Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:13:26 +1200 Tech transfer system not broken but badly in need of an upgrade Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:48:26 +1200 Spending on R and D increasing but is it enough? Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:34:26 +1200 Carbon workshops a great success Kimberly and Wymond have just completed  giving workshops on carbon footprinting to audiences around the upper North Island. Many thanks to the Sustainable Business Network for coordinating these. Feedback has been very good and we will look to repeat the... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:48:06 +1300 Bioplastics - are they all they are cracked up to be? Catalyst consultant Kimberly Robertson recently developed a number of common questions and answers on bioplastics.  As bioplastics are often seen as an attractive alternative to other plastics as oil prices and environmental problems arise Kimberly asked are they really they... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 08:06:26 +1300 Dragon’s Den Top Tips Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:49:03 +1300 Catalyst Ltd carbon footprinting workshops In the month of February, in conjunction with the Sustainable Business Network, Wymond Symes and Kimberly Robertson will be holding a series of workshops on carbon footrpinting. This promises to be an interactive event that will identify what a carbon... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:05:35 +1300 Our business recycles its paper and card and composts its green waste. What are the implications of this to our waste emissions? By recycling and/or composting these components of your waste you are removing the organic matter that would otherwise go to landfill. With no organic matter going to landfill, there will be no (well, very little) methane produced and you can... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:56:13 +1200 Are the emission factors applied in ACE life cycle emission factors? No they are not. They only calculate the emissions of your activities as they take place (with the exception of electricity and waste – see below) and not upstream or downstream processes. This may sound confusing and is better explained... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:55:40 +1200 My waste profile does not match either of those set up in ACE. What should I do? Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:55:09 +1200 I note that ACE only calculates emissions from the paper, card and food components of a waste profile. Why is this? Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:54:21 +1200 Can I have ACE customised to use vehicle specific fuel conversion rates when calculating emissions from vehicle use? Yes you can. The default vehicle settings for ACE are based on three generic vehicle sizes – small, medium, and large – and apply fuel conversion rates taken from DEFRA for each. These are listed in the Vehicle Efficiency tab... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:53:19 +1200 Should I include electricity distribution line losses in my determination? This is entirely up to you. These losses are the result of inefficiencies in the grid and are therefore outside of your control. As such they are Scope 3 emissions which you are not obliged to include (see question on... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:52:47 +1200 I purchase my electricity from a carbon neutral electricity supplier. What are the implications of this? The electricity generation profiles of suppliers around the country all differ depending on location and source. Some will supply electricity generated purely from renewable sources that generate no emissions, others will supply electricity generated by fuel combustion at thermal power... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:51:37 +1200 Can I add a new input to ACE? Absolutely. If it is for an activity that generates greenhouse gases, then it should and can be added. In developing ACE every emission source was considered but only the most likely were included in the interests of keeping the tool... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:50:55 +1200 I wish to change the units for one of the inputs in ACE (replace GJ with kWh for gas). Can this be done? Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:50:15 +1200 Where are the emission factors used in ACE sourced from? The New Zealand version of ACE uses emission factors (EFs) released annually by the Ministry for the Environment. These are the factors that the NZ Government apply when determining New Zealand’s National GHG inventory (i.e. the total GHG emissions of... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:49:21 +1200 I read that when measuring business emissions you don't have to include emissions from all sources. What is compulsory? Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:26:24 +1200 I wish to report my emissions over a period other than the Apr - Mar financial year. Can ACE be changed to accommodate this? Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:13:37 +1200