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NZ commits to zero-emissions transport

Today 10:00am - New Zealand has joined countries committed to a zero-emissions transport system.

2020 target set to start HFCs phase-out

Monday - New Zealand will start phasing out the use of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons from 2020.

Fewer animals is real answer, says forest group

Friday - A group set up to advise the Government on the role of forestry in cutting greenhouse gas emissions says the real answer is reducing livestock numbers.

Government announces wide ETS changes

Julie Anne Genter

12 Dec 18 - A cap on emissions, a system to manage carbon credits supply and prices, the inclusion of permanent forests, and the possibility of a price a price floor are the major changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme just announced by the Government.

Government eyes using ETS money to help farmers

12 Dec 18 - Using revenue from the Emissions Trading Scheme to fund carbon sequestration by farmers is one of the options the Government is considering as it opens discussion with other countries on ways of dealing with agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

Our climate efforts 'highly insufficient'

12 Dec 18 - New Zealand’s efforts on climate change remain “highly insufficient” and consistent with twice the level of warming that scientists say we should not go beyond.

Government rules out carried-over Kyoto credits

11 Dec 18 - New Zealand will not use carried-over Kyoto carbon credits to meet its 2030 emissions reduction target, the Government says.


What state farmer said about green taxes

10 Dec 18 - New Zealand’s largest farmer, State-owned Pamu, has triggered outrage in some circles by telling the Government’s Tax Working Group that it supports some environmental taxes.

We must cut animal numbers, says new report

7 Dec 18 - Another report has confirmed that New Zealand cannot meet its Paris Agreement commitments without reducing the number of farm animals – and says that carbon prices up to $80 a tonne are needed to do...

We're not ready for droughts and rising seas

6 Dec 18 - New reports on drought and sea-level rise highlight New Zealand’s lack of preparation for the impacts of climate change.

Tarrant to head Green Investment Fund

Cecilia Tarrant

5 Dec 18 - Angel investor and independent director Cecilia Tarrant is to head the Government’s $100 million Green Investment Fund.

We're on the move but dragging the doughnut

3 Dec 18 - New Zealand is one of three countries leading the charge to the new economy – but it’s got no right to call itself a developed country, says Doughnut Economics founder Kate Raworth.

ClimCom could make methane call, says Treasury

30 Nov 18 - Treasury has suggested the Government delay setting a 2050 emissions reduction target, saying giving the decision to the yet-to-be-established climate commission would allow more time to decide by...

Hydrogen confuses Government, says National

28 Nov 18 - The National Party says the Government is “confused” over hydrogen technology and the use of natural gas.

Put food first and buy credits, says fertiliser firm

27 Nov 18 - New Zealand should keep producing food and buy international carbon credits to cover its greenhouse gas emissions, says fertiliser co-operative Ravensdown.

Why the new economy needs a financing plan

21 Nov 18 - New Zealand needs an impact investment plan to push financing of the new economy, says a report out today.

Scientists see new energy value in our forests

19 Nov 18 - Forestry’s value to New Zealand’s climate change effort is not in carbon storage but in powering the low-carbon economy, says our leading forest research institute.

How we'll pay for National's mismanagement

Dr Murray McClintock

12 Nov 18 - Climate mismanagement under the National government means New Zealand will have to use international carbon credits to meet its emissions reduction targets, says a leading carbon forestry executive.

New RMA will cover effects of climate change

9 Nov 18 - The Government’s overhaul of the Resource Management Act will include the way it deals with climate change.


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