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

 

Climate Change & Business Conference Communique

This version corrects previous version.

Media Release: Climate Change & Business Conference Communique

What a difference a year makes, the National Party’s environment spokesperson, Scott Simpson, told the EDS Climate Change and Business Conference yesterday.

It was a theme picked up by lots of other people at the conference.

This time last year, the conference was held against the background of negotiations to form a new government.

People attending that conference passed a resolution calling on whatever government was formed to set up a climate change commission system along the lines of that operating in the United Kingdom.

A year on, the Labour-Green-New Zealand First Government is in negotiations to set up a commission.

Neither Simpson nor the new climate minister, James Shaw (who appeared on the same panel) were giving away any details, but both talked positively about the fact they were talking.

“We are approaching this (cross-party talks) in good faith,” Shaw said. “This is bigger than politics and that’s how we are treating it. I don’t know if we are going to make it, but I have a great deal more hope than I have ever had at any point in our history on climate change.”

But underlying all the good news was the International Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5deg report, released on Monday.

The hard facts of that report – that the impacts of climate change are much worse at 2deg of warming that at 1.5deg, and that keeping warming to 1.5deg will require changes to energy, infrastructure, land, urban and industrial systems on an unprecedented scale – featured repeatedly through the day.

The duties of business in the face of this information were spelt out clearly, with Bell Gully partner Simon Watt telling directors that they need to take this report as seriously as they now take health & safety, and Minter Ellison Australia special counsel Sarah Barker saying that minimising climate exposure is now a fiduciary responsibility for directors.

Actions being taken by businesses in New Zealand were on show. Sustainable Business Council chief Abbie Reynolds explained how, with the help of a good dinner, she and Z Energy boss Mike Bennetts persuaded other chief executives to publicly commit to emissions reductions through the Climate Leaders Coalition – a development which Shaw had earlier said was one of the things that was giving him hope.

Contact Energy chief executive James Kilty said that his company had managed to cut its emissions by a million tonnes and Fonterra boss Rob Spurway talked about the dairy co-operative’s plans for next-zero-carbon growth and to phase out coal.

Council of Trade Unions vice-president Rachel Mackintosh, meanwhile, said that workers need to be at the table as the country de-carbonises in order to ensure a “just” transition and Waikato Tainui chief executive Donna Flavell said the needs of Māori, who were among those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, must be considered.

The conference continues today, with discussions on the Emissions Trading Scheme, divestment and the future of agriculture in a low-carbon world, and speeches by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and environment minister David Parker.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: Building a Community Newsroom

The “Scoop 3.0” Transition Plan
There is good reason to believe that a new path and a better future is possible for Scoop in 2019 as a pioneering independent Media company. A combination of new technology, ideas, institutions and business models and a renewed energy and commitment by the Scoop team, means Scoop aims to be at the forefront of the development of this renaissance that we term ‘News 3.0’.

By opening up Scoop’s structure to community ownership and exploring decentralised technology through the blockchain we can ensure the public has a stake in this enterprise and a say in its development. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jami-Lee Ross (And The New Hobbit Law)

Clearly, Jami-Lee Ross is not waging a normal form of political warfare, with agreed rules of combat and rational cost/benefit calculations.

This is politics-as-terrorism where everything is being sacrificed by the man in the bomb vest in order to remove Simon Bridges as the leader of the National Party. More>>

Text Messages Released: National On $100,000 Donation(s)
The Botany Electorate of the National Party received 8 donations, and Mr Ross declared 8 donations to us. More>>

ALSO:

Film Industry Working Group:

Three Killed: DOC Supporting Family, Colleagues After Helicopter Crash

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is rallying around family and colleagues of the staff who died in a helicopter crash this morning in Wanaka... The helicopter, with two DOC staff on board, was on its way to undertake tahr control in the Haast area when it crashed. More>>

ALSO:

Political Donations: Greens Call For Tighter Anonymity Rules And Public Funding

“It is clear that those vested interests have a tangible influence on the decision making of political parties. This is a threat to democracy and should change.” More>>

ALSO:

Education Amendment Bill Passes: Urgency Sought For Partnership School Treaty Claim

The claim takes issue with the acts and omissions of the Crown in respect of the closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua. More>>

ALSO:

Salvation Army Paper: Call For Public Housing Investment

To meet these future demands the report suggests the government needs to look beyond the private rental market and begin to invest heavily into home-ownership programmes and more public and social housing. More>>

ALSO:

Cull: Himalayan Tahr Control Operation Proceeding

“The target of controlling 10,000 Himalayan tahr over the next eight months remains. The revised plan provides for a staged control operation with increased reporting to the Tahr Liaison Group...” More>>

ALSO:

Health: Petitions To Fund Breast Cancer Drugs

Women marching to Parliament today, to present two petitions calling for Government funding of vital medicines, have 100% support from a coalition representing than 30 breast cancer organisations. More>>

ALSO:

Animal Welfare Advisory Committee: Report On Rodeo Practices Released

The independent committee that advises the Minister responsible for Animal Welfare, has today released a report on animal welfare in rodeos, together with advice to the Minister making recommendations to improve the welfare of the animals in rodeos. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels