Climate Action Innovator Award

This award, sponsored by Waka Kotahi / New Zealand Transport Agency will be presented to an organisation demonstrating innovation in climate action.

Climate change is generating a myriad of new risks and opportunities. New products, services and business models are needed which help us move quickly to a ‘net zero carbon’ Aotearoa. Businesses providing these innovations are going a step further than simply reducing their emissions. They are moving towards a net zero impact, and some even becoming ‘climate positive’.

This award will be presented to an organisation demonstrating innovation in climate action.

Your focus is on your product or service, to help others reduce their carbon footprint.

The innovation opportunities are extensive. It could be an active transport initiative or a mobile app; it might help customers save energy/resources or transition away from fossil fuels in a new and creative way; it could be regenerative and climate positive in its design. It could encourage behaviour change for the benefit of our climate and our well-being.

The finalists for the 2021 Climate Action Innovator Award are:

Click on each finalist to read a short case study about their initiative.

We asked NZ Transport Agency what inspired them to sponsor the Sustainable Business Awards:

At Waka Kotahi, the NZ Transport Agency, we are leading a shift towards a low carbon, safe and healthy land transport system.  Through our sustainability action plan, Toitū Te Taiao, we are shaping a way forward that supports our precious taonga: public health and safety, sensitive habitats, unique cultural and heritage sites, and of course our climate. We’re encouraging our people to care more for people, places and the planet each day.

Supporting the Sustainable Business Awards aligns well with the principles of Toitū Te Taiao.  As leaders, we must be the change we want to see and achieving our bold goals, will require us all to be courageous.  These Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate innovation and sustainability leadership across all sectors and Waka Kotahi is proud to be supporting the Climate Action Innovator Award.