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Treasury sees use for international credits

Friday - Treasury wants to retain the ability to use international carbon credits to meet New Zealand’s 2050 emissions reduction target, confidential papers show.

How emitters can't see the trees for the carbon

Monday - Storing carbon in new native forests could help to bring down New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions and protect native species at the same time, researchers say.

Agriculture will be in ETS, says finance minister

15 Mar 19 - Finance minister Grant Robertson has just told thousands of striking school students that the Government is committed to bringing agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

ZCB has June date with Parliament

15 Mar 19 - The Zero Carbon Bill will be in Parliament by June.

Shaw now first stop for farm emissions action

James Shaw

15 Mar 19 - The Interim Climate Change Committee will now report directly to climate minister James Shaw on whether the agricultural sector should be liable for emissions under the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Climate group about to rule on agriculture gases

14 Mar 19 - The Interim Climate Change Committee will make its recommendations next month on how New Zealand should treat greenhouse gases from agriculture.

Schoolkids mass for national climate protests

14 Mar 19 - School students in more than 30 New Zealand towns and cities will take part in tomorrow’s global School Strike 4 Climate.

Shaw about to reveal climate policy timetable

James Shaw

12 Mar 19 - The Government will release details of its climate change policy timetable on Friday.

Councils might have to consider emissions

David Parker

7 Mar 19 - Councils considering proposals under the Resource Management Act might soon have to take greenhouse gas emissions into account.

Fertiliser firm wants balance in carbon credits

5 Mar 19 - A company given millions of dollars’ worth of free carbon credits says the system giving it the units should not be stopped until at least 70 per cent of its competitors also face a carbon price.

Farmers must pay for emissions, say foresters

4 Mar 19 - The Government’s latest attempts to make the Emissions Trading Scheme attractive for forestry won’t work if farmers don’t have to pay for their emissions, say foresters.

Government hires big guns for Taranaki summit

Peter Garrett

1 Mar 19 - Midnight Oil lead singer Peter Garrett and rock-star economist Kate Raworth will be headlining at the Government’s Just Transition Summit in Taranaki in May.

Nats make 'measured and reasonable' climate plan

Simon Bridges

25 Feb 19 - A National government might give fewer free carbon credits to trade-exposed industrial emitters but is unlikely to force a large-scale reduction in biological emissions from agriculture, according to...

Cullen report backs more environmental taxes

Sir Michael Cullen

21 Feb 19 - Greater environmental taxes and strengthening of the Emissions Trading Scheme are on the way if the Government adopts recommendations from its Tax Working Group.

These mayors haven't signed climate declaration

21 Feb 19 - Twenty-three local body leaders haven’t signed the Local Government Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change.

MONEY MYSTERY: How much will this cost us?

19 Feb 19 - Treasury expects most emitters to pay the Government a carbon fee this year instead of surrendering carbon credits – and that will cost the country money.

Big businesses stand shy of 1.5deg commitment

18 Feb 19 - Two large New Zealand companies making commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions are still talking about keeping global heating below 2deg, not the 1.5deg scientists now say is the maximum the...

Emissions need multi-pronged action, says EDS

14 Feb 19 - The Emissions Trading Scheme alone will not drive the level of land-use change New Zealand will need to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, a new report says.

Plastic waste our prime worry, survey shows

13 Feb 19 - New Zealanders are capable of making the society-wide changes needed to tackle climate change – but at the moment they’re more focused on getting rid of plastic waste.

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