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Further Global Experts Join Air NZ’s Sustainability Panel

Further Global Experts Join Air New Zealand’s
Sustainability Panel

Air New Zealand has
appointed British ecological economist Professor Tim Jackson
and leading carbon emissions policy specialist Dr Suzi Kerr
to its Sustainability Advisory Panel.

Air New Zealand
Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon says the panel
provides guidance and critique as the airline works to embed
sustainable growth, with the new panellists bringing further
expertise in social, economic and environmental
issues.

“As leaders in their fields, our new
appointments offer a global perspective to support our Board
and Executive as we challenge ourselves to drive our
sustainability agenda forward.

“Professor Jackson is at
the forefront of research into sustainable economies,
providing policy advice to numerous Governments on
prosperity and growth – as well as stimulating public
engagement on sustainability issues as a media commentator
and playwright.

“Carbon management is a significant
challenge for the aviation industry so we are pleased World
Bank advisor and international emissions expert Dr Suzi Kerr
will share her expertise as we work toward our industry
target of carbon neutral growth from 2020,” says Mr
Luxon.

Professor Jackson says he is delighted to join Air
New Zealand’s Sustainability Panel, particularly as the
airline works to strengthen its social impact
programmes.

“Prosperity consists in our ability to
flourish within the limits defined by a finite planet, and I
look forward to working with Air New Zealand as it explores
this fundamental challenge.”

Dr Kerr says research is
fundamental to building a robust approach to carbon policy
and offsetting, and she’s excited to share her expertise
with the airline.

“Air New Zealand is encouraging
stronger climate change policy and I am pleased to work
alongside the airline as it explores higher quality carbon
offsetting options for New Zealand.”

Air New Zealand’s
Sustainability Advisory Panel will meet in Auckland for the
airline’s annual sustainability breakfast event on
Wednesday 4 October.

Founder and Director of
not-for-profit Forum for the Future Sir Jonathon Porritt
heads up the panel which comprises a number of New Zealand
and international experts, including:

• Sir Jonathon
Porritt, Co-Founder and Director, Forum for the Future
(United Kingdom)

• Dame Anne Salmond, New Zealand
anthropologist, writer and distinguished professor of Maori
Studies, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

• Sir Rob
Fenwick CNZM, entrepreneur, business person and
conservationist, Chair of Predator Free NZ and The Kiwi
Trust (New Zealand)

• Brian Pearce, Chief Economist,
International Air Transport Association
(Switzerland)

• Dr Susanne Becken, Director of Griffith
Institute for Tourism and Professor of Sustainable Tourism,
Griffith University (Australia)

• Dr Tim Jackson,
Professor of Sustainable Development at University of Surrey
and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of
Sustainable Prosperity (United Kingdom)

• Dr Suzi Kerr,
Senior Fellow at Motu and Adjunct Professor at Victoria
University (New Zealand)

Previous panellists Derek Hanley
and Suzanne Hunt finished their tenure on the panel earlier
this year.

Christopher Luxon says the pair has brought
immense value to Air New Zealand over the past two
years.

“I’d like to thank Suzanne and Derek for the
very important role they have played as critical friends of
the airline as we commenced our sustainability
journey.”

ENDS

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