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

 

Aotearoa’s Emissions Reduction Plan Is A Plan Without A Plan To Meaningfully Reduce Emissions.

Today the Government launched a consultation document on their Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP). In it, the Government paints a picture of some utopian future with clear air, renewable and cheaper energy for all, and billions to be spent on rail, trams, and walking and cycling infrastructure.

They hope this document will stimulate discussion and a plan to deliver their utopian dream. However, very little in this document will deliver this utopian dream. That's because it’s not a plan at all. It is a framework document with inadequate or no actions to reduce emissions to keep global temperatures to within 1.5 degrees of warming.

“The Emperor has no clothes. There’s not enough here to constitute a plan. The Ministers and their departments responsible for reducing our emissions have failed to engage in the process, leaving behind a consultation document with more holes than a Swiss cheese,” says Saul Chambers, WWF-New Zealand Climate Change Programme Manager.

“Considering that nearly 50 percent of our emissions come from agriculture, this draft consultation document barely scratches the surface of how the Government intends to reduce farm emissions. Deferring the problem by not coming up with tangible actions in this first ERP is not acceptable.”

The Government's reasoning is that they can only reduce a proportion of emissions through policy, it’s down to us individually and through business, communities and landowners to build a low-carbon economy. And that they are focusing on what canmake the biggest impact first. WWF-New Zealand is disappointed by the Government, its Ministers and their departments for failing to put forth a real emission reduction plan for all sectors. The ERP consultation document will require us, the people, to fill in the gaps - the goals, the vision, and the meaningful emission targets and key performance indicators (KPIs). Where is the deep thinking from the Ministers and their departments?

There are some areas where they give the right signals. Building upon a Māori worldview and nature-based solutions are welcomed by WWF. However, there’s no mention the role wetlands, the ocean, or our Blue Economy plays in reducing our emissions.

Our contribution to this document is vital. This is what WWF-New Zealand is calling for:

Less debates, investigations, consultants reports, and R&D in niche markets like hydrogen.This isn’t going to cool the planet. We have the solutions already.

We want a plan that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound). We want quantifiable emission targets, milestones, and KPIs to show, year-on-year, we are achieving the carbon budgets for each sector.

We want regenerative agriculture to be an investment priority now, as farming is nearly 50% of the country's emissions. We cannot exclude agriculture from this first ERP.

While many other countries are offering their people a New Green Deal, we are not seeing the level of ambition or financial investment other countries are planning. We want a significant budget allocated to reducing emissions in 2022 and in subsequent budgets.

“This ‘discussion document’ lacks deep thought and meaningful emission reduction plans. Meanwhile, we are continuing to be one of the globe’s largest emitters per capita, while our very survival depends on cooling the planet,” says Chambers.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Juggling Covid, And France’s Trump-like Populist


It is the age-old Covid problem. How to balance the needs for firms (and schools) to re-open against the need to protect public health. In the past, the balance has been struck by insisting that the best public health outcomes also deliver the best economic (and educational) outcomes. While that may still be objectively true, it is no longer a politically tenable position... More>>

Covid-19 & Education: NCEA And NZ Scholarship Exams To Proceed


NCEA and New Zealand Scholarship exams will proceed, including in areas where Alert Level 3 has been in place, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “The New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health have been working together to ensure exams can be managed in a safe way, so students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned... More>>





 
 

Government: New Zealand Secures Historic Free Trade Deal With The United Kingdom
New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed in principle the details of a historic Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will further accelerate our COVID-19 economic recovery say Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor... More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman: Launches Investigation Into MIQ Booking System
The Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier is launching a broad investigation into the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) booking system after receiving hundreds of complaints... More>>

ALSO:



National: Launches Back In Business Plan

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins has today launched National’s detailed plan to save livelihoods and unleash our economy in the face of the huge damage being wrought by the extended Covid lockdown... More>>

ALSO:


Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels