Queenstownopporutunities Businesssuccess

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Presentation by Steve Henry, Otago Polytechnic Centre for Sustainability, on World Environment Day in Queenstown.

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  • Queenstownopporutunities Businesssuccess

    1. 1. Opportunities for business success in Queenstown’s sustainable future <ul><li>Steve Henry </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Sustainable Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Otago Polytechnic </li></ul><ul><li>Central Otago </li></ul>
    2. 2. <ul><li>E conomy / P rofits </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable business </li></ul><ul><li>Profits </li></ul><ul><li>Taxes, R&D </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Expenditures </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Fair trade </li></ul><ul><li>Core values </li></ul><ul><li>E nvironment / P lanet </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturing efficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>Operations efficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>Product efficiencies </li></ul><ul><li>Smart design </li></ul><ul><li>Cradle-to-cradle, take-back </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Restorative to nature </li></ul><ul><li>E quity / P eople </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical business </li></ul><ul><li>Internal employees </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Respect, Caring </li></ul><ul><li>Local community </li></ul><ul><li>Rest of the world </li></ul>Success in Business
    3. 4. NZ’s inconvenient truth
    4. 5. ?
    5. 6. <ul><li>Vulnerable place to live </li></ul><ul><li>Vikings left 1200 </li></ul><ul><li>Mining since 1500 </li></ul><ul><li>Colonial power 1600-1700 </li></ul><ul><li>Leaders in Social Democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Oil dependency 1970 </li></ul><ul><li>Value added economy </li></ul>
    6. 7. Sweden – Success factors in Sustainable Development <ul><li>Collaboration – see from anothers perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Education – highly valued </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership – make the hard calls </li></ul>
    7. 8. Hammarby Sj ö stad <ul><li>… ..a model of sustainable urban development. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall goal – “twice as good as the norm” (Factor 2) </li></ul>
    8. 13. Purchasing education for Hammarby housholders Recycling toolkit … ..at the GlashusEtt
    9. 16. Energy in Hammarby Sj östad
    10. 17. Solar cells: 1m 2 delivers 100 kWh/year
    11. 18. Fortum Thermal Power Plant
    12. 26. Collaboration is the only way to achieve a sustainable region 100% Pure Industry 1 Education and Training Research Local and Regional Government Industry 2 International
    13. 27. Key tension Availability of natural resources in decline Demand for natural resources increasing
    14. 28. Drivers of change 10 Market Forces Business Risks 5 Mega-Issues 5 Demanding Stakeholders Climate Change Green Consumers Market Risks Balance Sheet Risks Operating Risks Capital Cost Risks Difficult access to capital Pollution & Health Activist Shareholders Globalization Backlash Civil Society / NGOs Energy Crunch Government Regulators Erosion of Trust Financial Sectors
    15. 29. BIG Change is coming Unchartered rising Expectations Reputation / License to Operate 10 Market Forces 5 Mega-Issues 5 Demanding Stakeholders Climate Change Green Consumers Pollution & Health Activist Shareholders Globalization Backlash Civil Society / NGOs Energy Crunch Government Regulators Erosion of Trust Financial Sectors
    16. 30. A Perfect Storm … of Opportunities Innovation Productivity Growth Brand Image Competitive Advantage $aving$ Revenue Business Value 10 Market Forces 5 Mega-Issues 5 Demanding Stakeholders Climate Change Green Consumers Pollution & Health Activist Shareholders Globalization Backlash Civil Society / NGOs Energy Crunch Government Regulators Erosion of Trust Financial Sectors
    17. 31. Benefits of investing toward Sustainable practice <ul><li>Avoiding increased costs for resources or waste management. </li></ul><ul><li>Staying ahead of new environmental laws or taxes. </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening reputation, loyalty. </li></ul><ul><li>Employee retention and productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>New Revenue opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing risk. </li></ul>
    18. 33. The system conditions <ul><li>We take what nature replaces. </li></ul><ul><li>We make what nature can process. </li></ul><ul><li>We avoid breaking nature. </li></ul><ul><li>We are equitable. </li></ul>
    19. 34. How the Swedes avoided the wall IT Farming Forestry Construction Manufacturing Transport Demand for resources $$ Availability of resources – water, land, oil, minerals Local Govt Time Mining
    20. 35. Speak a common language Strategic Planning The Funnel Four System Conditions Systems Thinking Basic Science Level of Approach
    21. 36. Use of a Strategic Sustainable Development Framework <ul><li>Chemical sector e.g. ICI Paints, DuPont, HydroPolymers (PVC) </li></ul><ul><li>Mining and minerals e.g. BHP Bileton, Rio Tinto Zinc, QNI </li></ul><ul><li>Food & beverage e.g. McDonald’s, Comvita, Phoenix Organics, Heinz-Watties </li></ul><ul><li>Agriculture e.g., Lantmannen, North Canterbury farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Manufacturers e.g. Nike, Macpac, Tait Electronics, Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Construction e.g. Skanska, Carillion, Crest Nicholson, Swedish McDonalds, University of Texas, University of Canterbury </li></ul><ul><li>Tertiary e.g. Lund, Blekinge, Otago Polytechnic </li></ul><ul><li>Communities e.g. Whistler, Canmore, Halifax, Stockholm, Robertsfors, Overtornea, Central Otago, Wanaka </li></ul>
    22. 37. The Sustainable Tourism Project <ul><li>Only region in NZ to use the TNS framework </li></ul><ul><li>Buy in across the political spectrum </li></ul><ul><li>51 audits to date </li></ul><ul><li>355 members able to access audits </li></ul>
    23. 38. Solar Hot Water <ul><li>The Wanaka Homestead experience proves that the savings from solar hot water are more than the cost of finance to purchase and run the system. </li></ul>
    24. 39. Edgewater Resort <ul><li>Fitted 140 hot water cylinder wraps in 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>The savings in the winter of 2006 have paid for these and their installation </li></ul><ul><li>Chose Resene paint </li></ul>
    25. 40. Where are Otago business heading for the wall? Tourism IT Dairy Forestry Construction Manufacturing Transport Demand for resources $$ Availability of resources – water, land, oil, minerals Education Time Fishing
    26. 41. Resort Community of Whistler <ul><li>120 km north of Vancouver </li></ul><ul><li>Permanent population 12,000; infrastructure for ~50,000 </li></ul><ul><li>A world destination resort </li></ul><ul><li>2.5+ million visitors, $2billion+/year </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid growth </li></ul>
    27. 42. <ul><li>“ Indulgence and excess” </li></ul><ul><li>Cheap hydro power </li></ul><ul><li>Plentiful fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>“ Expand production to meet forecast growth” </li></ul>An Unlikely Story
    28. 44. www.whistler.ca <ul><li>WHISTLER2020 </li></ul><ul><li>Moving Towards a Sustainable Future </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Sustainability Plan </li></ul>
    29. 46. Today’s decisions… …guided by strategic questions
    30. 47. Comprehensive (16 strategies, 1000s of actions)
    31. 48.  Strategic  Comprehensive  Participatory/Decentralised <ul><li>WHISTLER2020 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Best Long Term Planning” </li></ul><ul><li>2005 LivCom Awards, </li></ul><ul><li>La Caruna, Spain </li></ul>www.whistler.com
    32. 49. Three Examples…
    33. 50. 100% Pesticide Free Parks ( Naturescaping, steam, cider vinegar and mechanical weeding)
    34. 51. Ground Source Heating (and cooling)…
    35. 52. Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline…
    36. 53. Challenges <ul><li> ?Towards Energy Sustainability Vision? </li></ul><ul><li> ?Towards Sustainability Principles? (incremental GHG improvement over propane) </li></ul><ul><li>x ?Good investment? </li></ul><ul><li>x ? Flexible Platform ? </li></ul>
    37. 54. “ We are in the Energy Services business ” <ul><li>“ This is what we want to do” (ie Whistler 2020) “How can you help us achieve our Vision?” </li></ul><ul><li>Then: </li></ul><ul><li>What is the role of N.G. now and on the way to a sustainable future? </li></ul><ul><li>What if we designed our pipeline only for today’s demands and systematically implemented renewables? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we profit from this inevitable shift? </li></ul>
    38. 55. Forecasted Growth and Natural Gas Supply Heating Cooking Fireplaces Transportation
    39. 57. New Proposal <ul><li>Capital cost ~$30 million (vs. previous $42 m) </li></ul><ul><li>New Whistler Energy Utility </li></ul><ul><li>and… </li></ul><ul><li>** New “Energy Services” business unit (for gas company) </li></ul>
    40. 59. Whistler <ul><li>Early Adopters </li></ul><ul><li>Resort Municipality of Whistler (municipal government, 350 staff) </li></ul><ul><li>Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains Ski Resorts </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism Whistler (6000 members) </li></ul><ul><li>Fairmont Chateau Hotel </li></ul><ul><li>AWARE (local environmental group) </li></ul><ul><li>A small local business </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Community – developed common training programmes, resources, websites, sustainability symposia etc </li></ul><ul><li>Many in-house initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Rest of community invited on the journey via workshops, toolkits for households and small businesses, and other opportunities for entire community </li></ul><ul><li>Successful Winter Olympics 2010 bid –with Vancouver </li></ul>
    41. 60. Collaboration is the only way to achieve a sustainable region 100% Pure Industry 1 Education and Training Research Local and Regional Government Industry 2 International
    42. 61. Don’t get caught in the detail Details/Complexity = leaves Fundamental Principles = trunk and branches © 2000 The Natural Step. All rights reserved.
    43. 63. housing parks & recreation culture infrastructure transport heritage building design social natural resources land use and regulations economic development water water solid waste Public transit Roads & vehicles affordability Site design soil agriculture biodiversity business location jobs Social cohesion Consents human needs health
    44. 64. housing parks & recreation culture waste & infrastructure transport heritage Building design social economic development water water solid waste public transport road & vehicles affordability site design soil agriculture biodiverisity business location jobs social cohesion consents human needs heath land use & regulations natural resources bylaws heating cycle paths bus fuel choice road standards financing diversity spatial planning orientation energy water use materials landscaping Eco-ind. parks Sports programs traditions supply purchasing fluoridation quality energy recycling disposal minimisation treatment pedestrians walkways playing fields Local history heritage sites wahi tapu zoning air quality covenants watersheds maintenance tree protection agri. zoning. incentives Ind. zoning pest control consents subdivision development agreements regeneration child facilities parks
    45. 65. Copyright © 2004 The Natural Step Seeing a part of the picture
    46. 66. housing parks & recreation culture infrastructure transport heritage Building design social economic development water water solid waste public transport road & vehicles affordability Site design soil agriculture biodiverisity business location jobs social cohesion consents human needs heath land use and regulations natural resources CHAOS bylaws heating cycle paths bus fuel choice road standards financing diversity spatial planning orientation energy water use materials landscaping Eco-ind. parks Sports programs traditions supply purchasing fluoridation quality energy recycling disposal minimisation treatment pedestrians walkways playing fields Local history heritage sites wahi tapu zoning air quality covenants watersheds maintenance tree protection agri. zoning. incentives Ind. zoning pest control consents subdivision development agreements regeneration child facilities parks
    47. 67. housing parks & recreation culture waste & infrastructure transport heritage Building design social economic development water water solid waste public transport road & vehicles affordability site design soil agriculture biodiverisity business location jobs social cohesion consents human needs heath land use & regulations natural resources A shared community vision of sustainable development bylaws heating cycle paths bus fuel choice road standards financing diversity spatial planning orientation energy water use materials landscaping Eco-ind. parks Sports programs traditions supply purchasing fluoridation quality energy recycling disposal minimisation treatment pedestrians walkways playing fields Local history heritage sites wahi tapu zoning air quality covenants watersheds maintenance tree protection agri. zoning. incentives Ind. zoning pest control consents subdivision development agreements regeneration child facilities parks
    48. 68. housing parks & recreation culture waste & infrastructure transport heritage building design social natural resources land use & regulations economic development water water solid waste public transport roads & vehicles affordability site design soil agriculture biodiversity business location jobs social cohesion consents human needs health Cond 1 Cond 3 Cond 2 Cond 4 Vision of sustainability Vision of what we want to create bylaws heating cycle paths bus fuel choice road standards financing diversity spatial planning orientation energy water use materials landscaping eco-ind. parks. sports programs traditions supply purchasing fluoridation quality energy recycling disposal minimisation treatment pedestrians walkways playing fields local history heritage sites wahi tapi zoning air quality covenants watersheds maintenance tree protection agri. zoning incentives ind. zoning pest control consents subdivisions development agreements regeneration child facilities
    49. 69. housing parks & recreation culture waste & infrastructure transport heritage building design social natural resources land use & regulations economic development water water solid waste public transport roads & vehicles affordability site design soil agriculture biodiversity business location jobs social cohesion consents human needs health Cond 1 Cond 3 Cond 2 Cond 4 Vision of sustainability Vision of what we want to create bylaws sustainability objectives heating cycle paths bus fuel choice road standards financing diversity spatial planning orientation energy water use materials landscaping eco-ind. parks. sports programs traditions supply purchasing fluoridation quality energy recycling disposal minimisation treatment pedestrians walkways playing fields local history heritage sites wahi tapi zoning air quality covenants watersheds maintenance tree protection agri. zoning incentives ind. zoning pest control consents subdivisions development agreements regeneration child facilities
    50. 70. housing parks & recreation culture waste & infrastructure transport heritage building design social natural resources land use & regulations economic development water water solid waste public transport roads & vehicles affordability site design soil agriculture biodiversity business location jobs social cohesion consents human needs health Cond 1 Cond 3 Cond 2 Cond 4 Vision of sustainability Vision of what we want to create bylaws sustainability objectives heating cycle paths bus fuel choice road standards financing diversity spatial planning orientation energy water use materials landscaping eco-ind. parks. sports programs traditions supply purchasing fluoridation quality energy recycling disposal minimisation treatment pedestrians walkways playing fields local history heritage sites wahi tapi zoning air quality covenants watersheds maintenance tree protection agri. zoning incentives ind. zoning pest control consents subdivisions development agreements regeneration child facilities
    51. 71. Collaboration is the only way to achieve a sustainable region 100% Pure Industry 1 Education and Training Research Local and Regional Government Industry 2 International
    52. 72. The 2015 Tourism Strategy <ul><li>From Destinations being marketed aiming to get more visitors </li></ul><ul><li>To Destinations being managed so fewer visitors come and stay longer, </li></ul>
    53. 73. Backcasting from a principled vision
    54. 74. The recent industrial way <ul><ul><ul><li>© 2005 The Natural Step / Forum for the Future: All rights reserved. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    55. 75. Cyclic Hierarchy
    56. 76. Central Otago Values <ul><li>Making a Difference – We will inspire and lead others with our special point of difference. </li></ul><ul><li>Respecting Others – We will respect our cultural and personal differences. </li></ul><ul><li>Embracing Diversity – We will recognise differences and embrace diversity. </li></ul><ul><li>Adding Value not Volume – We will always ask ourselves if there is a better way – one that achieves a premium status. </li></ul>
    57. 77. Central Otago Values <ul><li>Having Integrity – We will seek to be open and honest. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from the Past – We will learn from past experiences with future generations in mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Making a Sustainable Difference – We will make decisions in business with the community in mind and in harmony with the natural environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Protecting our Rich Heritage – We will protect and celebrate our rich heritage in landscapes, architecture, flora and fauna and different cultural origins. </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting Obligations – We will meet legal obligations at both a local and national level. </li></ul>

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