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Government takes aim at synthetic gases

Today 9:00am - Synthetic greenhouses gases, like those used in refrigeration and air conditioning, could come under a new product stewardship regime.

High cost of land a blocker, say foresters

Peter Weir

Friday - The high cost of land means that even at $24 a tonne, New Zealand cannot rely on new forests to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, the forestry industry says.

Green group hails ETS boost for native forests

Shane Jones

Friday - The Government’s plan to use the Emissions Trading Scheme to encourage more native forests is a smart move and will help to protect farms, towns and infrastructure from extreme weather events, an environmental organisation says.

Carbon at $24 puts pressure on Government

Thursday - Carbon prices have smashed through the $24 barrier for the first time in nearly a decade of carbon trading in New Zealand, increasing pressure on the Government to lift the $25 price cap.

Lift carbon cap to $30 immediately, says broker

Nigel Brunel

Wednesday - The Government is being told to take the brakes off the carbon market and immediately lift the maximum price to $30 a tonne.

At last, a handy guide to the ETS

Wednesday - Settling down to make a submission on the latest review of the Emissions Trading Scheme and need a hand?

No floor, but expect early action on carbon prices

14 Aug 18 - The Government might intervene in the market to lift carbon prices before 2020, but it has no plan to introduce a price floor.

At last, a new deal on the table for forestry

14 Aug 18 - The Government has finally unveiled its proposals for changing the way forestry is treated under the Emissions Trading Scheme – including a proposal for new permanent forestry provisions.

New ETS review will look at lifting cap

13 Aug 18 - Lifting the cap on the carbon price and limiting the supply of units are two of the proposals in the Government's new review of the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Heavy hitters bank more from free carbon credits

13 Aug 18 - The phasing out of the one-for-two carbon subsidy saw a big jump in the number of free carbon credits given to heavy industries last year.

New figures show emitters opting for arbitrage

10 Aug 18 - Emitters appear to be starting to arbitrage the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Single-use plastic bags on the way out

10 Aug 18 - Single-use plastic bags are to be phased out.

Economy needs new growth path, says Robertson

8 Aug 18 - More details of the Government’s new “well-being” approach to setting the nation’s budget are emerging.

Air New Zealand sees benefits in simplified ETS

2 Aug 18 - More native trees would be planted if the Emissions Trading Scheme were simplified, says Air New Zealand.

Government hears Paris pact means methane cuts

1 Aug 18 - The Paris Agreement cannot be met without cutting methane emissions, the Government has been told.

STATS SHOW: Shaw about to change the story

31 Jul 18 - Green Party co-leader James Shaw might be the climate minister, but it’s in his statistics portfolio that he is about to change everything.

Minister silent on arbitrage as prices climb

30 Jul 18 - Climate minister James Shaw isn’t commenting on the risk of arbitrage as carbon prices climb closer to the Government’s artificial price cap.

Bridges ignores climate change in party address

30 Jul 18 - National Party leader Simon Bridges is promising to have “the best ideas” on the environment.

Taranaki Maori make stand against oil and gas

25 Jul 18 - Maori in Taranaki say they will oppose climate-damaging activities like oil and gas extraction and intensive farming.

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