Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Greens welcome fuel review

6 August 2001

Greens welcome fuel review

Green Party Transport Spokesperson Sue Kedgley today welcomed the long overdue review of the Petroleum Products Specifications Regulations.

She said she was extremely pleased the review proposed to reduce sulphur levels in diesel to 50 parts per million over time, and to reduce benzene levels in petrol from 4.2 per cent to one per cent by volume.

"I am however, unhappy about the time the Government proposes to bring our petrol and diesel quality standards in line with international standards and reduce the levels of sulphur in diesel and benzene in petrol," Ms Kedgley said.

New Zealand's present levels of sulphur in diesel and benzene in petrol are among the highest in the world -higher even than countries like the Philippines.

Ms Kedgley said given these very high levels and the public health concerns about benzene and sulphur, the Government must exert leadership in this area and insist that the new levels are phased in within two years, not five or six.

"Motor vehicles produce more air pollution than any other human activity in New Zealand. They contribute to high levels of air pollution which are directly responsible for a large number of adverse health effects. High risk groups include children, the elderly and people with asthma and other respiratory diseases.

"It is estimated that vehicle emissions are responsible for approximately twice the number of deaths than those caused by road accidents," she said.

"A 1996 Ministery of Transport Environmental Externalities report estimated that health damage from particulate vehicle emissions costs New Zealand approximately $700 million a year."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>

 
 

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>

ALSO:

Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election