NZers must have their say on emissions trading
4 December 2007
NZers must have their say on emissions trading scheme
Effective consultation is now the crucial issue for the emissions trading legislation introduced to Parliament today.
This is the view of Business NZ, which represents thousands of businesses that will be impacted by emissions trading rules.
Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says it is extremely important that the views of New Zealanders are taken account of and given genuine consideration from now until the legislation is reported back from select committee.
“What’s important is that the consultation is managed for the best results for ‘New Zealand Inc.’
“Short term electoral considerations must not be allowed to swamp what’s best for New Zealand. The worst outcome would be rushed legislation, aimed solely at enactment before next year’s election.
“There are many issues that need careful consideration to avoid a scheme that imposes unnecessarily high costs. The long-term impact on community prosperity and our ability to fund essential health, education and other services must be given due weight. Now is the time to be thorough and thoughtful in considering the proposed scheme.
“An emissions trading scheme should essentially underpin New Zealand’s long term economic growth. If we are not confident that it can do that, then we should take the time to make it right.”
Business NZ today published an easy-to-read guide on climate change and emissions trading: ‘A Stable Climate for Business’, available on www.businessnz.org.nz under ‘commentaries’.