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

 


Budgeting for Use of Carbon is Key to Cutting Emissions

14 April 2014

Budgeting for Use of Carbon is Key to Cutting Emissions

Seriously tackling New Zealand’s emissions requires the use of carbon to be budgeted for in the same way the nation budgets for government spending.

Without new action, New Zealand’s gross emissions are projected to be 23% above its recently announced target for the year 2020, based on updated Environment Ministry figures.

The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has emphasised the importance of the emissions trend line – that global emissions have kept rising over the last decade, rather than fall as they need to.

New Zealand’s gross emissions have similarly risen, and they are projected to keep steadily rising out to at least 2030.

The 2020 target is the next checkpoint and is formally expressed as a responsibility for cutting emissions to 5% below 1990 levels, on average, between 2013 and 2020. When setting the target in August, the government recognised it would be significantly overshot under current policies.

A key change required is to set up a carbon budgeting process that details expected carbon emissions for the economy and how these can be reduced by practical actions.

This process, pioneered by the UK government, integrates all options for reducing emissions – from pricing carbon to energy efficiency standards – and develops action plans for each sector of the economy. A series of five year budgets for the use of carbon are then struck as savings potentials are identified.

It is an overall framework for guiding the transition to a low carbon economy.

The IPCC reports that “ambitious” efforts to reduce emissions would on average slow global economic growth by just 0.06% a year, compared to an assumed 1.6% to 3% growth per year otherwise.

The overall effect of the current approach is to put much of the cost of today’s excess emissions on tomorrow’s taxpayers. The bill for failing to reduce gross emissions in line with the target is simply being put on the credit card.

A briefing on Carbon Budgeting is available at: www.sustainabilitynz.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CarbonBudgeting_IntegratedPlanningforClimateAction.pdf

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins and Jonathan Coleman have withdrawn from the leadership race, leaving Bill English the only candidate to replace John Key as Prime Minister.

 

Education, Marketing, Taxes: Health Groups Call For Actions For Sugary Drinks

The New Zealand Dental Association is launching a new consensus statement on Sugary Drinks endorsed by key health organisations. The actions seek to reduce harm caused by sugary drinks consumption. More>>

ALSO:

More Departures? David Shearer Proposed For UN Peacekeeping Role

Mt Albert MP David Shearer is being proposed for a demanding and exciting role heading the United Nations peacekeeping force in South Sudan, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Security Agencies' Reports: GCSB Wants To Give ISPs More Power To Block Threats

The Government Communications Security Bureau wants to give internet service providers more information and power to block cyber threats which are increasing, its director told the intelligence and security select committee yesterday.. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news