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Govt: Transport spending must cut emissions

Tuesday - Decisions about transport infrastructure must line up with the Paris Agreement – and that means people living and working in the same area and almost zero emissions from vehicles, the Government says.

Submissions reveal support for disclosure

Tuesday - Plans to make companies disclose their climate risk have widespread support, if submissions are anything to go by.

Taxing oil and gas fields could work, says Upton

Simon Upton

Monday - Taxing oil and gas exploration and strengthening the Emissions Trading Scheme could be more effective ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions than banning exploration, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says.

EDS (and more) welcomes moves on emissions

3 Apr 20 - Moves to make local councils consider greenhouse gas emissions in resource consents would have thrilled climate activist and former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, says Environmental Defence Society chief executive Gary Taylor.

Lift RMA emissions ban, says select committee

2 Apr 20 - A 2004 ban on considering greenhouse gas emissions in resource consents should be overturned, the Environment Select Committee has told Parliament.

Government aims to put planning on fast-track

David Parker

2 Apr 20 - The Government is looking at ways to fast-track through the planning process projects under its covid-19 recovery package.

We'll favour job-producing projects, says Jones

Shane Jones

1 Apr 20 - The Government will back low-carbon projects in its post-covid-19 infrastructure spend-up – but only if they create jobs, says infrastructure minister Shane Jones.

Wind turbines might fit the bill for new projects

Mark Binns

1 Apr 20 - New wind turbines are among the projects the Government’s Infrastructure Industry Reference Group is looking for to help to boost employment in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.

ETS reform still a top job, says minister

James Shaw

31 Mar 20 - Reforming the Emissions Trading Scheme remains a priority for the Government, despite disruption caused by the covid-19 pandemic, says climate minister James Shaw.

New carbon trading platform causes a stir

23 Mar 20 - Political questions are being asked about the appropriateness of a State-owned company providing services in the carbon market.

MPs put 1.5 million reasons to stop wasting food

20 Mar 20 - New Zealand could cut 1.5 million tonnes from its annual greenhouse gas emissions if it stopped wasting food, MPs say.

Big emitters get pandemic warning

Gary Taylor

17 Mar 20 - Allowing emitters to use the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to slow action on climate change would be a mistake, environmental organisations are warning.

Super fund dumps big emitters - and fills pockets

Matt Whineray

16 Mar 20 - New Zealand’s national superannuation fund is hundreds of millions of dollars off because it has shed high-carbon investments, says chief executive Matt Whineray.

ClimCom opens doors to carbon-budget ideas

16 Mar 20 - Energy, transport, farming and forestry businesses are the first sectors to put their vision of a carbon-neutral New Zealand to the body charged with developing the country’s carbon budgets.

Councils all talk and little action, says GBC

12 Mar 20 - Most local authorities are talking big on climate action but failing to cut emissions in their own operations, the Green Building Council says.

New rules will hurt refinery and small shippers

11 Mar 20 - New clean-air rules for shipping will hit the Marsden Point oil refinery and some shipping operators in the pocket, the Ministry of Transport says.

EDS pours cold water on RMA 'bonfire'

Gary Taylor

11 Mar 20 - National’s planned “bonfire” of regulations will be pyrotechnics if the Resource Management Act is thrown on the flames, the Environmental Defence Society says.

ClimCom wants to see $50 carbon cap now

10 Mar 20 - The Climate Change Commission says controls on carbon prices should be lifted to about $50 a tonne now.

Ministry sprouts staff as green workload grows

10 Mar 20 - The Ministry for the Environment says its staff numbers have increased as the Government has ramped up its workload.

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