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Climate Leaders Coalition

Downer has joined forces with a group of leading New Zealand businesses to form the Climate Leaders Coalition to tackle climate change.

The Climate Leaders Coalition aims to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and create a positive future for New Zealanders, businesses and the economy.

Through the Climate Leaders Coalition, we’ve made a commitment to lowering emissions and creating a cleaner and greener New Zealand. The businesses forming the coalition make up nearly 50 per cent of New Zealand’s total emissions.

To kick-start this change, Downer signed the CEOs’ Climate Change Statement. The statement is a public commitment from each business to reduce emissions, work with their suppliers to reduce emissions and publicly report measurements of their efforts. In addition to committing to the statement, Downer will also be providing resources, expertise and funding towards projects which centre on solution-driven thinking.

CEO of Downer New Zealand, Steve Killeen, is committed to building a stronger New Zealand.

“Sustainability is going to play a big part in the construction industry and future Downer projects,” Steve said.

“Customers willing to innovate and take a thought leadership stance are key to achieving this. Traditionally, we’ve been an industry that has generated waste and emissions. Taking a closer look at our projects and our industry demonstrates to us we can do better. With a supportive customer base and government stance, who knows where we can go!”

One example of this in action is Downer’s apron resurfacing project at Queenstown Airport.

“We are exploring ways to minimise waste by re-using or re-purposing recycled materials into new products,” Downer’s General Manager of Surfacing Operations, George Leidig, said.

“The pavement solution we are using at Queenstown Airport, TonerPave, has been developed in partnership with Close the Loop. The mix uses Modified Toner Polymer made from recycled toner cartridges, and will also include recycled glass sand.”

This initiative demonstrates Downer’s contribution to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goal: #13 Climate Action