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


SS4C NZ Response to New Proposed Rules

SS4C NZ Response to New Proposed Rules for Agricultural Emissions

Weds, 17 July 2019

School Strike 4 Climate NZ welcomes the coalition Government’s endeavour to take action on reducing agricultural emissions but is disappointed at the weak stance that the Government has taken on the issue.

Agricultural emissions account for 48% of our emissions profile in Aotearoa and as we are in the midst of a climate crisis, SS4C NZ believe there needs to be ambitious and more meaningful solutions in place which tackle the largest sector of our emissions profile.

“We know we need to stay below 1.5 degrees of warming to sustain life on Earth and therefore have a future. According to the IPCC, this requires immediate, transformative reductions in carbon emissions over the next decade. Therefore, we know that in order to stay below 1.5 degrees of warming, we need to halve our emissions by 2030. The cost of inaction is our future and our collective home and we refuse to sit by and let that slip through our fingers” says Sophie Handford from SS4C NZ.

48% of our total emissions profile held by agriculture is the largest percentage held by any one sector. SS4C NZ believe transformative and bold action is needed in this area if we are going to have a chance at safeguarding our home and that of the animals we share this planet with.

“Bringing agricultural emissions into the ETS is a step in the right direction and we appreciate this. However the 95% discount removes the disincentive for polluters to stop polluting as the government and taxpayers will be the ones to foot the bill of their malpractice.” says Edward White, an Auckland organiser of SS4C.

The current action proposed by the government constitutes a voluntary report from farmers on their emissions ahead of 2024 where mandatory reporting will be inducted, however, SS4C recommends that this becomes immediately compulsory in order to follow through with understanding in regulation.

SS4C NZ supports agriculture being included in the ETS as a first step, but are disappointed with the way in which the Government plans to reduce emissions from this sector, as addressed in their latest proposal. “It is unjust to us, to taxpayers, to farmers who will need to transition, and to the future generations who will have to deal with the inaction. Taxpayers will foot the bill and not the polluters. Those who are responsible need to take the blame and reduce their emissions.” says Edward White. Sophie Handford, of SS4C, says “this isn’t transformational change, and we have a real opportunity here to lead the way in sustainable farming and methane reduction”.

SS4C agrees that too little action is being taken by New Zealand to do our part in consideration of staying below 1.5 degrees and the potential negative effects falling on future generations. As a developed country with an economy driven by agriculture, we have the potential to innovate and lead in this space on the international stage.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Global Factors Facing TV3

Oaktree Capital gave MediaWorks a gallows reprieve in 2013 by pushing out its former Australian owner Ironbridge and facilitating a receivership-driven restructure that enabled MediaWorks to shed a burden of tax liabilities and international programme purchasing contracts. Oaktree eventually assumed 100% ownership of Mediaworks in 2015.

But here’s the rub. In May of this year, Oaktree itself was bought into by the giant Canadian firm Brookfields Asset Management... In the light of the Brookfields stake and the uncertain state of the global economy, Oaktree has come under pressure to shed and/or streamline the underperforming assets in its portfolio. More>>


'Armed Response Teams': Armed Police "Will Cause American-Style Shootings"

The Police Commissioner's announcement that squadcars of officers with automatic rifles will patrol New Zealand's streets is dangerous and unnecessary, according to the criminal justice community organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa. The ... More>>


Control Orders: Amnesty Says Don't Rush Terrorism Bill

"The problem is, we often see the word “terrorism” being applied broadly by oppressive regimes to detain innocent people who're simply rallying for a better life." More>>


Expert Reaction: $17 million To Fight Online Extremist Content

The Department of Internal Affairs will double its work investigating and preventing violent extremism online. Funding will also help bolster the Chief Censor's work to make fast decisions about harmful content. More>>


Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>


Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>


Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>





InfoPages News Channels