The
Planetary
Accounting
Network

Applied Research for a Healthy Planet

The Planetary Accounting Network is an independent, not-for-profit research centre.

We believe that living well requires a healthy planet. The Planetary Accounting Network, or PAN, works to enable people, businesses and governments to make decisions that will revitalise and sustain our environment using Planetary Accounting, a framework for science-based decision making to respect and stay within the Planetary Boundaries. 

We support a broad range of initiatives, such as setting corporate Planetary Science-Based Targets (P-SBTs), creating "Planetary Facts" labels for products and services, and developing future visions and roadmaps for cities and regions to operate within the planet's limits.

 

We also offer a range of training and education support to grow awareness of the Planetary Boundaries and how tools such as Planetary Accounting could help us to operate within these. 

 

OUR MISSION is to make planetary accounting easy to access, easy to understand, and easy to use.

 

Our vision is to create an international community of like-minded people who can work together towards living within the planet's limits.

Join us and become part of our global network of individuals and organisations who are working together to transition to a sustainable future.

Meet OUR Team

Kate Meyer

Founding Director

Kate has a vision of world where people flourish on a healthy planet.

Kate is an engineer, a sustainability scientist, and a consultant. Her early career was focussed on sustainable building design in NZ and then Singapore. She led the environmental design for many significant and cutting edge built environment projects in NZ and Singapore before moving to Perth to set up a sustainable buildings team for engineering firm Arup.
 

Kate noticed a large gap between the science of sustainability and business and government policies and approach. She shifted her focus away from the built environment and started a sustainability consultancy firm in Perth, and later NZ (Ecometrics) which helps organisations understand and manage their environmental impacts. In 2014 she began a PhD to look at how to best address the gap between science, behaviour, and policy.
 

The result was Planetary Accounting.

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Andrew Cowie

Chairman

For Andrew, living well means having access to a beautiful, natural environment, which is his source of joy and one he hopes to preserve for his children and their children.

Andrew works for a leading Australasian engineering consultancy where he supports clients in improving their businesses through the application of emerging technologies. His key strengths are in communication, facilitation, ideation and project management. Over his career so far Andrew has been fortunate to work in over 15 different countries across a very wide range of industries. This also allowed him to get to know and work with a lot of great people.

 

Andrew is an optimist who believes that innovation is the solution to our problems and will improve our future. Despite this optimism, Andrew is extremely concerned about today’s pressing environmental issues and trends. He joined the Planetary Accounting Network as the framework provides the opportunity for everyone to be empowered with the right information to make 'the right choice' for the environment and consequently us; something that he feels is currently missing.

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Brigid Kelly

Board Member

Brigid sees the benefit in planning and focusing on positive solutions.

Brigid is a resource management specialist and has worked in a number of roles in the resource management field. Throughout her career she has been involved in considering the environmental aspects of a number of development and infrastructure projects as well as being an active participant in industry working groups and committees.

 

Working with a range of businesses and organisation has developed her appreciation for different approaches to environmental responsibility.  While  organisations are different, the need for reliable, quality information for good decision making is universal.

 

Communicating this information in a useable and understandable way is the key.

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YVONNE LARCHER

European Coordinator / Administrator

Yvonne is passionate about doing her part in finding and supporting sustainable solutions for us and our planet.

 

Yvonne is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades with a love for the outdoors. She is a senior finance leader and has worked within various industries (e.g. the transport sector, the oil & gas industry, professional services, the jewelry industry and IT start-ups) and in different roles (from finance related roles to executive advisory) in the private and public sectors in Europe as well as in New Zealand. 

Having grown up on the Austrian countryside, she learned at an early age the connection between humans and their environment. She rediscovered this insight again at a later stage when she settled in New Zealand. Seeing the impact of human activities on our planet made her wanting to do her part in stopping this destructive behaviour and working towards a sustainable future for humans and our planet. 

Yvonne brings her experience managing finances and working with large corporates to her Planetary Accounting role – helping to communicate environmental science to stakeholders in business, risk, and accountancy terms.   

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BREE LORNIE

Treasurer

Bree wants to ensure future generations inherit a healthy planet. 

 

Bree considers herself lucky to be able to raise her family in Glendowie, Auckland. With Tamaki River to the front and the beautiful Churchill Park close behind she feels blessed to give her children a quintessential kiwi upbringing. It is important to her that nature can be preserved. 

 

Bree has a professional background in people and project management. During her career she gathered competencies in the areas of client services, finance as well as strategy and planning. Before joining PAN Bree was the treasurer for the East and Bays Parents Centre. 

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RACHEL DANCE

Graphic Designer

Rachel believes pictures are worth a thousand words and wants her illustrations to reach an audience of all ages as well as all levels of knowledge with our sustainability message. 

Since her childhood Rachel has been inspired by nature and Aotearoa’s magnificent landscape. Her awareness of nature’s fragility and consequently the importance of preserving our natural environment for generations to come grew when having her own children. Since then she has been focusing on how she can support preserving and improving our environment.

 

Rachel is a creative spirit and therefore naturally gravitated towards a career in Graphic Design. Previously she worked in the design area in media and corporate environments, where she was involved in Art Direction, Design, Illustration, and Photographic Retouching. In her role as Graphic Designer at PAN, Rachel specializes in Illustration and Infographic Design. This means she translates ideas on sustainability, particularly sustainable building design, into illustrations and visual storytelling, making sure a picture is really worth a thousand words.

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CAROLINE HOPE

Sustainability Advisor

Caroline is passionate about intergenerational, systems-based solutions that will contribute positively to all pillars of society. A process engineer who works across a variety of fields and an advocate of integrated, multidisciplinary thinking, Caroline leads work across sustainability, water, artificial intelligence and Te Ao Māori.

 

She helps clients to understand the carbon impact of their operations and projects, and works with them to find engineering solutions that can contribute to a Net Zero Carbon future for New Zealand, while addressing potential unintended consequences of carbon tunnel vision. In another avenue, she is involved with Beca’s start up FranklyAI for which she delivers projects that enable clients to execute multicultural AI engagement solutions. Caroline also leads the Water Business’ Sustainability Specialist Services and the company wide Carbon Handprint Reduction Project. She draws on her previous experience with Engineers Without Borders and the UNESCO Imagining Decolonised Cities urban design competition as well as her rural upbringing in North Canterbury to inform her approach.

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LEE MAIER

MarComms & Strategic Partnerships Specialist

Lee thinks there's no more important story to be told right now than the one about our planet. 

Having worked in every facet of marketing, including brand, agency, and platform, Lee is eager to contribute to an organisation doing such meaningful work. Originally from the United States, Lee moved to New Zealand in 2020 and found himself inspired by both the incredible natural landscape and the country's commitment to a sustainable future. He was first introduced to PAN while working as a Marketing Consultant for our member and delivery partner Beca, and was immediately drawn to the organization. 

Lee brings over 10 years of experience working on strategy and communications, and specialises in working with start-ups and growth-minded companies to help them refine their identities and improve their messaging, as well as creating strategic partnerships between various organisations to create mutual benefit. At PAN, Lee focuses on helping tell the story around our work and our impact. 

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AMY IRVINE

Volunteer

Amy is driven to be part of the change for sustainability.

Amy is a Bachelor of Law and Global Studies student at the University of Auckland. During her studies, she has been actively involved in the community including Co-Chairing Auckland Council’s Climate Change Working Group.

Born in Gqeberha, South Africa and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau, Amy is passionate about ensuring future generations have access to a thriving natural environment and is eager to support sustainable innovations of all shapes and sizes

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