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Minister mum on future of electric trains

Friday - There’s no word yet on whether KiwiRail’s plans to replace electric engines with diesel will go ahead.

OPINION: We should adopt the 'easy win' way

Brian Cox

Thursday - Government officials appear to be putting more effort into working out how to purchase international carbon credits than into reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, says Bioenergy Association chief executive Brian Cox.

Minister offers money for good emissions moves

Megan Woods

Wednesday - Got a good idea to cut greenhouse gas emissions in your business or in the transport sector? The Government wants to give you money.

Billion Trees land approaches 50,000 hectares

Shane Jones

16 Feb 18 - The Government says it is close to securing 50,000 hectares of land for new forests under its Billion Trees programme.

Maori landowners oppose delay in ETS changes

2 Feb 18 - Changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme are needed now, not at the end of next year, if the Government wants Maori land owners to plant carbon-sequestering forests, says a specialist in climate change and Maori development.

Australian firms strike first forest credits deal

2 Feb 18 - Australian companies have struck the first long-term deal in that country to sell carbon credits generated from plantation forestry.

Landowners keep credits under Billion Trees plan

31 Jan 18 - Landowners will keep the carbon credits and liability under proposed new production forestry joint ventures with the Government as part of its One Billion Trees programme.


We'll do better than emissions target, says Shaw

25 Jan 18 - The new government will not officially increase the country's 2020 emissions reduction target.

Shaw puts ETS on ice until end of next year

23 Jan 18 - Any further changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme – including getting rid of free credits to heavy emitters and changing forestry rules – will not be made until the end of next year, the Government...

OIO cutting rights role wrong move, say foresters

23 Jan 18 - Giving the Overseas Investment Office approval of the sale of forestry cutting rights will jeopardise the Government’s billion trees plan, forest owners say.

EV projects win $3m in Government funding

23 Jan 18 - Twenty new electric vehicle projects, including a 58-tonne truck to carry dairy products and developing a qualification for EV technicians, are to receive government funding.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Carbon emissions running wild

22 Jan 18 - New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions blow-out continues unabashed, with net emissions expected to more than double by 2030, despite international pledges to cut them.

Policies will begin to bite down on the farm

22 Jan 18 - Government policies – including the Emissions Trading Scheme - are expected to start making a dent in New Zealand’s agricultural emissions over the next 12 years.

This time, climate officials hope for a bit more action

Paula Bennett

13 Dec 17 - In late 2015, officials gave new climate minister Paula Bennett as list of five things they thought should be done over the next two years.

Climate commission will look at farm emissions

James Shaw

12 Dec 17 - Climate minister James Shaw says the new climate commission will play a role in dealing with agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

Mixed forests may not resist climate change

5 Dec 17 - Researchers have confirmed once again that a good forest is a mixed forest, a natural one, with a diversity of species.

Victorian logging could trigger ecosystem collapse

4 Dec 17 - Decades of unsustainable logging has created an “extinction debt” in Victoria’s central highlands that will trigger an ecosystem-wide collapse within 50 years without urgent intervention.

Climate commission might have carbon price role

30 Nov 17 - The climate commission – one of the Government’s promises for its first 100 days in office – is likely to play a role in setting carbon prices, the new climate minister says.

AirNZ eyes paying landowners to plant trees

22 Nov 17 - Air New Zealand wants to set up a private afforestation scheme under the Emissions Trading Scheme to offset some of its greenhouse gas emissions.


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