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Bri­tain goes Hun­gry

The Sus­tain­able Busi­ness Net­work’s (SBN) Get Sus­tain­able Chal­lenge is on right now, and tak­ing part is in­sur­ance com­pany Sov­er­eign, no doubt hop­ing for a re­sult in the Novem­ber awards. Mean­while SBN mem­bers Low Im­pact and So­larCity are aim­ing high...

Lead­ing the way

Sov­er­eign re­cently be­came the first New Zealand sig­na­tory to the United Nations’ Prin­ci­ples of Sus­tain­able In­sur­ance, the lead­ing edge global ini­tia­tive de­signed to make sus­tain­abil­ity a fun­da­men­tal con­cern of the in­sur­ance in­dus­try. Sig­na­to­ries pledge to make en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and gov­er­nance con­cerns key to their op­er­a­tions, par­tic­u­larly in re­gards to risk man­age­ment. “Sov­er­eign is proud to be a sig­na­tory to this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive, af­ter years of hard work to get it to this stage,” says Sov­er­eign CEO Charles An­der­son.

United Nations Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon said the launch of the Prin­ci­ples of Sus­tain­able In­sur­ance was a fur­ther evo­lu­tion of the im­por­tant move­ment to build a green econ­omy.

“The Prin­ci­ples for Sus­tain­able In­sur­ance pro­vide a global roadmap to de­velop and ex­pand the in­no­va­tive risk man­age­ment and in­sur­ance so­lu­tions that we need to pro­mote re­new­able en­ergy, clean wa­ter, food se­cu­rity, sus­tain­able cities and dis­as­ter-re­silient com­mu­ni­ties.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on the Prin­ci­ples for Sus­tain­able In­sur­ance on

www.un­epfi.org/psi SBN mem­ber Low Im­pact, pro­ducer of The Hun­gry Bin worm farm com­poster (see their ad on page 3 of this mag­a­zine), has been mak­ing its mark in Bri­tain, hav­ing been launched their through trendy home sus­tain­abil­ity com­pany Om­let, the com­pany also be­hind the hugely pop­u­lar Eglu chicken coop.

The Hun­gry Bin has at­tracted some at­ten­tion in the UK’s largest news­pa­pers, in­clud­ing The Guardian and The Tele­graph, which named it as in the top three com­posters.

Bright fu­ture

SBN mem­ber So­larCity has just launched the award-win­ning C21e so­lar roof tile in New Zealand.

The C21e is unique as it sits flush to the roof and is a so­lar panel in it­self, so you don’t need to build a roof then add so­lar pan­els on top.

Win­ner of a Queen’s award for in­no­va­tion this new roof in­te­grated so­lar power tile is ideal for new builds or re-roof­ing projects.

Find out more at el­e­ment­magazine.co.nz/peo­ple/ar­chi­tec­ture/zero-en­ergy-house/

CEO Charles An­der­son

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