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PROD COM REPORT: Keep the ETS ... with changes

Today 10:00am - New Zealand should keep the Emissions Trading Scheme, but it should include agricultural emissions and subsidises for heavy emitters should go, the Productivity Commission says.

PROD COM REPORT: Farmland into forests

Today 10:00am - New Zealand might need to convert more than three million hectares of farmland into forests to meet its emissions targets, the Productivity Commission says.

PROD COM REPORT: Nats to take a look

Todd Muller

Today 10:00am - The Productivity Commission’s draft report will be high on the agenda for the National Party’s Bluegreens forum in Christchurch this weekend.

Government on global hunt for carbon credits

Tuesday - The Government is locating sources of international units that could be used to meet New Zealand’s international climate obligations – but hasn’t decided yet whether to use them.

OUR LAND: Trouble ahead ... but how much?

19 Apr 18 - Climate change will have long-term impacts on New Zealand’s land-based industries and biodiversity – but we don’t have enough information to predict what will happen.

OUR LAND: We're losing our best growing soils

19 Apr 18 - The Government is moving to protect New Zealand’s best growing soils in the wake of a report that shows they’re compacted, contaminated and being washed away at an alarming rate.

August date for public to have say on Shaw's ETS

18 Apr 18 - A new review of the Emissions Trading Scheme will be open for public consultation in August.


Govt announces body to steer climate transition

David Prentice

17 Apr 18 - The interim climate commission has just been announced.

We can do net-zero by 2050, says Prodcom

16 Apr 18 - New Zealand can get to net-zero emissions by 2050, the Productivity Commission says.

Finance key to net-zero economy, says Shaw

13 Apr 18 - The Government is fleshing out plans to finance decarbonisation of the economy.

If we're serious about change, we must break the chains of economic growth, says think tank

6 Apr 18 - An end to economic growth must be considered a distinct possibility if New Zealand is to decarbonise, the Government has been told.

Climate challenges have an upside for tourism

5 Apr 18 - Climate change mightn’t be all bad news for New Zealand’s tourism industry.

Act now, says report, or watch carbon price rocket

4 Apr 18 - Carbon prices could hit $145 a tonne by 2050 if New Zealand delays decarbonising the economy, a new report warns.

Good transport in, bad transport out

4 Apr 18 - Frequent, affordable public transport is in and highways are out as the government battles to get New Zealand’s runaway transport emissions under control.

PARKER POWER: The key is bringing it all together

3 Apr 18 - Environment minister David Parker says if you want to get his measure, look at the America’s Cup deal he’s just done.

Here's why we need a carbon price cap of $100

Dr Roger Blakeley

29 Mar 18 - An immediate carbon price cap of $100 a tonne and a $25 price floor is needed if New Zealand is to be carbon-neutral by 2050, says former Environment Secretary Dr Roger Blakeley.

Water arguments over, Parker tells businesses

28 Mar 18 - The argument over whether New Zealand will keep polluting its waterways has been won – and businesses need to understand that, says environment minister David Parker.

Minister quiet on talks with big emitters

27 Mar 18 - Climate minister James Shaw is meeting with some of the country’s biggest industrial emitters – but isn’t saying what they’re discussing.

Carbon capture permits a no-go, says Shaw

26 Mar 18 - Climate minister James Shaw says he wants to cut New Zealand’s use of fossil fuels, not give the sector carbon credits.


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