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GPC Statement To Select Committee

The Foreign Affairs and Trade Select Committee National Interest Analysis Ratification of the Kyoto Protocol

Presented by

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition In conjunction with The Climate Change Pan Industry Group

17 April, 2002

I am conscious that you have sat through a number of submissions on this issue and that our message is common to that of most groups who have, and will, appear before you. So I am going to keep this short and to the point!

We are here representing the GPC, and the broader Climate Change Pan Industry Group.

From the start of this consultation process the Government has declared its intention to ratify the Kyoto Protocol in 2002.

There was never enough time to conduct this process properly and what better proof do you need for that than this NIA. What matters most to the companies and associations I represent is the policies - and we have none. How can this document, the NIA, be a credible contribution when the part that carries the bite is absent??

The issues for my group, and New Zealand, are:

1. The impact of man’s GHG emissions on the climate is very uncertain - there is a risk

2. The Kyoto Protocol is very uncertain. To be effective it must be global and it is a long way from being global

3. Without the US, the Kyoto Protocol is not, and will never be, global

4. The international response to Climate change appears to be falling into 2 groups - the EU and US / Canada / Australia. We are in the wrong group.

5. In New Zealand, and internationally, changing our energy behaviour carries a significant cost

6. Without clear policies, we can not assess this cost

In the face of these issues, and in the absence of specific policies, this committee must recommend to Parliament that the NIA be set aside, pending release of the Government’s preferred policy package and a subsequent period of analysis and consultation that befits the commitment that the Kyoto Protocol represents for New Zealand.

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