Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Certainty Sought In Climate Change Policy

Federation Seeks Certainty In Climate Change Policy

22 November 2001

The National Council meeting of Federated Farmers of New Zealand (Inc) has reached a clear decision that the Government should not ratify the Kyoto Protocol until New Zealand's preferred policy options have been finalised to ensure a robust analysis of the costs and benefits of climate change.

"The Federation is not advocating inaction in addressing the problems climate change will present," said Federated Farmers President Alistair Polson. The Federation is advocating action that is better informed and will provide more certain results.

"There is no point rushing into high cost, low impact action where a more cautious approach could allow time to develop low cost, high impact options to reduce the negative effects of climate change.

"For a nation that exports 80% of its agricultural products it would be foolish to ratify the Protocol before our key trading competitors.

"The Federation is concerned that the Government is consulting on Climate Change policy when they have not developed a preferred policy position. It is vital that the public understand the preferred policy options in order to reach concrete conclusions. The public need to be aware of the impact of ratification, to participate in an informed debate on the issues.

"As the major contributor to New Zealand's green house gas emissions, the agricultural sector must be confident that uncertainties in measuring and reducing agricultural green house gas emissions are reduced.

"The Minister seems to be pinning his hopes on research delivering solutions to reduce agricultural emissions. A recent report commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry suggests that significant work needs to be done before research provides worth while solutions.

"Ratifying the Kyoto Protocol before clearly outlining the policy options of meeting New Zealand's obligations under the Protocol is not acceptable and flies in the face of rational policy making. Given the importance of this issue to all New Zealanders it is vital that the public understand the full range of costs and opportunities," Mr Polson concluded.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Onetai Station: Overseas Investment Office Puts Ceol & Muir On Notice

The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has issued a formal warning to Ceol & Muir and its owners, Argentinian brothers Rafael and Federico Grozovsky, for failing to provide complete and accurate information when they applied to buy Onetai Station in 2013. More>>


Tomorrow, The UN: Feds President Takes Reins At World Farming Body

Federated Farmers president Dr William Rolleston has been appointed acting president of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) at a meeting in Geneva overnight. More>>


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news