Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

A first step towards avoiding climate catastrophe

1 October, 2004

A first step towards avoiding climate catastrophe

The Green Party has congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his decision to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, but warned that rising energy use could threaten any carbon-credit benefits to New Zealand.

"Russia's approval means the world will have taken the first step towards taking responsibility for its climate-changing activities," said Green Environment spokesperson, Jeanette Fitzsimons. "It is too late to stop some degree of climate change but there is still a chance to avoid climate catastrophe.

"Of the developed countries, only the US and Australia now stand outside the tent and it is very likely that international pressure will bring them in before the Treaty takes full effect in 2008.

"The Green Party is proud that New Zealand has played an active and responsible role in the process and did not wait till last of all to ratify, as the climate-change deniers of National and Act wished.

"Russia's ratification means that we can now work towards negotiating the second-phase commitments and bringing developing countries into the agreement," said Ms Fitzsimons.

"Although the reductions negotiated are small and will not in themselves stop climate change, the benefit of the treaty is that for the first time every nation has a financial incentive to cut emissions. That will lead to projects that would not otherwise have occurred."

Ms Fitzsimons said that one significant benefit for New Zealand is that our carbon credits will be much more readily tradeable on a world market. However, she sounded a note of warning.

"With the way our energy consumption is rising and the number of proposals to use more coal, we may not end up with many credits after all. It is essential that our energy planning promote energy efficiency and renewable fuels so that our valuable credits are not wasted compensating for unnecessary emissions."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Australian Election Toss-up


The foibles of the Aussie electoral system are pretty well-known. The Lucky Country doesn’t have proportional representation. Voting for everyone over 18 is compulsory, but within a preferential system. This means that in the relatively few key seats that decide the final result, it can be the voters’ second, third or fourth ranking preferences that finally get the winner over the 50% line...
More>>



 
 

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>



Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels