NZ shamed in international climate change report
6 December 2012
NZ shamed in international
climate change report
New Zealand is ranked
41 out of a possible 61 for its performance on climate
change and under National our position will plummet, Green
Party co-leader Russel Norman said today.
Climate Change Performance Index report, released this week
at the international climate talks being held in Doha,
evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of
the countries that are together responsible for more than 90
percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
“Prime Minister John Key yesterday said ‘New Zealand
can hold its head up high when it comes to climate change’
yet his actions are undermining our reputation and a new
report shows we are not doing well,” Dr Norman said.
“The report ranks New Zealand as poor on its climate
change performance; very poor for its emissions level; and
very poor for climate policy.
“Those results are
likely to be even worse next year given the National
Government has gutted the Emissions Trading Scheme as a tool
for reducing emissions, and has decided not to sign up for
binding reductions under the Kyoto Protocol.
National Government’s position at international climate
change talks in Doha is embarrassing. The National
Government won’t sign up for binding emissions but it is
asking to still be able to benefit from access to
international carbon markets under the Kyoto Protocol.
“There is nothing for the National Government to hold
its head high over domestically or internationally,” Dr
Climate Change Performance Index report
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