Energy Efficiency Bill Returns To House
The first Green Party bill will return to the House
today, for a debate on a select committee recommendation
that it should proceed. Both Labour and National are
supporting the bill.
Jeanette Fitzsimons, Co-Leader of the
Greens, put her Energy Efficiency Bill up as a member's
bill, one and a half years ago.
She said the importance of
the bill was highlighted by its return to the House
coinciding with a meeting of world scientists held in New
Zealand this week to discuss climate change.
Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change is expected to find that evidence for human induced
climate change has increased since the second assessment and
action is even more urgent."
"New Zealand has an appalling
record of increasing greenhouse gas emissions," Ms
Fitzsimons said. "Passing the bill would be the first
concrete step that New Zealand had taken towards meeting its
Kyoto protocol emission target, since the initial setting up
of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority."
Fitzsimons will speak on the Energy Efficiency Bill at its
report back debate, expected around 4.20pm. There are two
further stages to pass in the House before the bill becomes
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