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Practical ways to change the ETS – Expert Reaction + Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on May 31st, 2017.

Practical changes to New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) would ensure emitters reduce their greenhouse gases quicker than the current pace, according to a discussion paper released today. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research based its proposals on a series of working papers and meetings. Research fellow Suzi Kerr told stuff.co.nz that the ETS had […]

OECD rates NZ’s environmental performance – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on March 21st, 2017.

The OECD’s latest report on New Zealand’s environmental performance warns that the country’s growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. The third OECD Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand made 50 recommendations and noted the country has the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions […]

Environment Commissioner reports on agricultural greenhouse gases – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on October 19th, 2016.

A new report from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Jan Wright, has called for New Zealanders to work together to tackle the “complex problem of the biological greenhouse gases from agriculture”. Methane and nitrous oxide form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, but there have been many false starts in dealing with […]

Price effect of breaking away from Kyoto Protocol – Expert reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 16th, 2016.

A new report says the Government would have got better bang for its buck if it had de-linked the emissions trading scheme promptly after announcing it would not sign up to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. Motu Economic and Public Policy Research released the paper today, outlining the financial consequences of leaving […]

UPDATED: Report points finger at ‘climate cheats’ – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 15th, 2016.

In its second ‘Climate Cheats’ report, the Morgan Foundation names 12 New Zealand companies that traded in ‘hot air’ carbon credits. The report follows on from Climate Cheats, released in April, which outlined the rise of questionable carbon credits from Russia and Ukraine that New Zealand used to meet climate commitments. The report is available […]

UPDATED: Is New Zealand a climate cheat? Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on April 18th, 2016.

New Zealand’s use of ‘hot air’ credits from Ukraine and Russia means we are cheating on our climate commitments, says a new report from the Morgan Foundation. The report, Climate Cheat, released this morning, outlines the rise of questionable carbon credits provided by the Ukraine and Russia in  2011-12, and New Zealand’s use of these […]

Latest carbon trading stats – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on August 21st, 2015.

The latest data from the New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme, now in its eighth year of operation, is now out from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). According to the report, NZ ETS 2014 – Facts and figures, nearly all of the emission units handed in by companies in the scheme were purchased from offshore projects — so-called […]

NZ forgoes Kyoto for new climate plan – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 12th, 2012.

New Zealand will not commit to a second round of Kyoto Protocol emissions reductions but will instead make pledges under the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change, the Government said last week. The move sees New Zealand join several of the world’s largest emitters, including the US, China and India, in negotiating a replacement […]

NZ Herald: Anthony Doesburg – Where’s the carbon? You’re standing on it

Peter Griffin posted in on July 12th, 2010.

Anthony Doesburg writes in the NZ Herald about soil carbon, and scientists’ efforts to measure just how much is contained in our ground and how to increase, rather than decrease, it. Soil contains more carbon than the atmosphere and plants combined, but as yet there’s no accurate way to measure just how much there is. […]

Emissions trading scheme launched

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 1st, 2010.

The revised emissions trading scheme (ETS) passed into law last November comes into effect today, 1 July. The scheme represents a first attempt to price carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions into the economy, in a bid to reduce emissions growth. New Zealand emissions have grown by over 20% above 1990 levels, which are […]

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