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This Case Study looks at one of New Zealand's largest energy companies, Genesis Energy. It reviews the firm's diverse portfolio and the legal requirements that affect the business.
As a result of carefully reading this Case Study, students should be able to:
- Understand corporate governance of a State-Owned Enterprise
- Explain risk management with reference to Genesis Energy
- Discuss the obligations of the Resource Management Act and its impact on Genesis Energy
- Explain what is meant by the Kyoto Protocol.
Did you wake up this morning and turn on your bedroom light, listen to the radio, have a hot shower or make a cup of tea? If the answer is yes, chances are you used electricity from one of Genesis Energy's power schemes to do it.
Genesis Energy is a State-Owned Enterprise (SOE). It operates under the State-Owned Enterprises Act 1986.
The founding of the new company in 1999 was a time of challenge for staff. They had new workers to get to know and a new brand to build.
Risk management is the task of reducing the risk a company faces and developing ways to manage it.
The Resource Management Act 1991 is a law that sets out how to control impacts on the environment.
Genesis Energy is a large employer. It has a current staff of around 500 in the North Island.
Genesis Energy states that its goal is to strive to make a positive impact on the environment and to contribute to New Zealand's long-term energy supply and international and national climate change obligations.