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Busy ministry delays work on emissions planning

Thursday 20 Jul 17 9:00am


PLANNING TO CUT New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions in line with the country’s Paris Agreement commitments has been delayed because of the Ministry for the Environment’s heavy workload, confidential papers show.

Heavily redacted planning documents for this year’s Budget, released by Treasury, show that it advised finance minister Steven Joyce against agreeing to climate change minister Paula Bennett’s plan for something called “Emissions Reduction At Home” which, presumably, would have given the ministry more resources to do the work.

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