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

 


Highest net emissions ever under National Government

12 April 2013

Highest net emissions ever under National Government

New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions have hit the highest level ever and are continuing to grow under the National Government, the Green Party said today.

The New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Inventory released today shows that New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased from 2010-2011, the most recent period for which data is available.

The inventory of 2011 emissions shows New Zealand's total emissions peaked in 2005, decreased between 2006 and 2009, and highlight an increasing trend from 2009 to 2011. Our net emissions (including forestry and land use change) have now increased to highest levels ever.

“National’s gutting of the Emissions Trading Scheme has resulted in emissions going up and they have no plan to turn that around,” Green Party climate change spokesperson Kennedy Graham said.

“Foresters are planning a chainsaw massacre because the low carbon price means, as the survey report said; ‘the carbon price is now no longer a deterrent to deforestation’.

“When the ETS was introduced in 2008 deforestation dropped dramatically, since National started meddling with it deforestation has increased, and now with the latest amendments, we face a situation where we would better off without an ETS in terms of forestry.

“Under National’s ETS more trees will be cut down than if there was no scheme. Depressingly the report notes that much of the converted land will be converted into dairying. That is just what we don’t need, more cows to create emissions and less trees to soak them up.

“The Government boasts that New Zealand will meet its Kyoto obligations for the 1st commitment period of 2008-12. While factually correct they ignore the fact the next 15 years are going to witness a massive deforestation, which will result in a soaring of our net emissions, and create a huge fiscal burden on the NZ taxpayer.

“Time has run out, we urgently need to stop subsidising polluters and put a real price on carbon to start reducing emissions.

“A Green government would look to reinforce a strong ETS that can actually result in domestic emissions reductions, or look at other ways of introducing a fixed price that would achieve the same result,” Dr Graham said.

Further Information:
http://www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/climate/greenhouse-gas-inventory-2013/index.html
http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/climate/greenhouse-gas-emissions/net-position/index.html

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news