Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Carbon charge: Greater effort needed on climate

ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION ORGANISATIONS of NZ Inc.
Level 2, 126 Vivian St, Wellington, New Zealand
PO Box 11-057, Wellington

Media Release – Thursday 5 May 2005

Carbon charge: Greater effort needed on climate change

ECO today welcomed the Government's announcement that it will introduce a carbon charge as a step in the right direction to deal with climate change.

“ECO is pleased the Government will introduce a small carbon charge in 2007,” said ECO spokesperson Clive Monds.

“It is an important step but the charge is only half the $30/tonne put forward by Environment Groups in the Vote for the Environment Charter prior to the 2002 election as a minimum goal for implementation by 2004. The charge will need to be increased to achieve more effective reductions in emissions,"

"New Zealanders have very high and inefficient use of energy. We need to use energy more efficiently and generate new electricity without creating greenhouse gas emissions. This carbon charge on climate-changing pollution is a welcome start, but more needs to be done." he said.

“The point of a carbon charge is to encourage people to modify their behaviour so that they use less fossil fuel and switch to renewable energy or use it more efficiently.”

The Government has so far only announced measures to drive energy efficiency in small and large businesses. Other measures are needed to promote energy efficiency in residential households.

“While we await a sustainable energy policy the government is driving in the opposite direction by pushing for large scale infrastructure development and environmentally harmful coal mining which will do nothing to limit New Zealand's impact on the climate," he said.

"ECO urges the Government to implement the carbon charge much earlier and calls on all political parties to support this small measure as an important first step action to deal with climate change."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>

 

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>

ALSO:

'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages