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Freshwater fisheries bill faces further delay

Sunday, 16 June 2019, 2:50 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

A proposed new regulatory regime for freshwater fish management has again been pushed back again. More >>

DoC lifts predator control as National questions future plan

Sunday, 16 June 2019, 2:48 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

National have questioned whether the Government is committed to the Predator Free 2050 project after it received no new funding in the Budget. Despite this, the Budget does show the Department of Conservation is significantly lifting its targets for ... More >>

Dept CEOs warned ministers to be cautious over methane

Sunday, 16 June 2019, 2:46 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Ministers went against the advice of their Climate Change Chief Executives Board and inserted a higher target for biological methane reductions than they recommended. They also rejected advice that in order to build consensus the Climate Change Commission ... More >>

NZ petrol prices well above global average

Sunday, 2 June 2019, 4:37 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The latest International Agency data on international petrol prices shows NZ is well above the international average, but not in the top range of the highest prices around the word. More >>

Transpower says Govt has to lead the way on electrification

Sunday, 2 June 2019, 4:26 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Transpower says the Government needs to do more if it wants to electrify the economy and meets its energy and climate change targets. More >>

Current 2030 emissions targets unlikely to be met

Sunday, 26 May 2019, 7:00 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on May 16, 2019. Officials have told ministers NZ is not on track to meet is current commitments under the Paris Agreement. More >>

Ministers told emissions targets difficult to achieve

Sunday, 26 May 2019, 6:56 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on May 16, 2019. Meeting emissions targets under the Zero Carbon Bill will be difficult to achieve without a very large leap in tree planting, new technologies and a large increase in carbon prices says the ... More >>

Fonterra: lack of gas may put coal conversion plans on hold

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 5:42 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Fonterra says uncertainty about gas supply may mean it has to rethink plans to switch some of its plants from coal to gas. More >>

Still a chance for consensus on climate change

Sunday, 19 May 2019, 5:38 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

There still appears to be a chance of a long-lasting, broad based political consensus around climate challenge policy framework, despite the Government turning its back on National at the final stages of negotiations around enabling legislation. More >>

Upton calls for a pollutants register

Sunday, 5 May 2019, 3:20 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton has asked ministers to create a Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) as there is a dearth of information about the impact and risks from hazardous substances. More >>

No fanfare for start of Govt’s Resource Strategy

Sunday, 5 May 2019, 3:16 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Without any fanfare the Government has begun the development of a “Resource Strategy for petroleum and minerals”. More >>

Insurance, climate change and sharing risk

Sunday, 28 April 2019, 3:09 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Climate Change Minister James Shaw sees rising insurance premiums as an acceptable part of risk sharing as NZ deals with the economic impact of climate change. More >>

Electricity price rise shown in latest inflation data

Sunday, 28 April 2019, 3:06 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Mixed performance for energy prices in the latest Consumer Price Index was a major driver of inflation with electricity prices increasing 1.3% in the March quarter. More >>

MPs voice concern about power prices and affordability

Monday, 22 April 2019, 3:47 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

MPs have once again sent a message to the electricity sector that they are not happy with power prices. This is a warning the political phase of the Electricity Price Review is yet to begin. More >>

Departments reluctant to take up electric vehicles

Monday, 22 April 2019, 3:42 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The new dashboard covering the average CO2 emissions for government agencies with a fleet of light vehicles shows how little progress has been made in complying with ministers’ desire for a greater uptake of electric vehicles. More >>

Renewable electricity up, but so are emissions

Friday, 29 March 2019, 1:09 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The latest energy statistics show a rise in greenhouse gas emissions across the sector dominated by increasing petrol and diesel use for transport and coal for generation. More >>

Distribution pricing reform will make disturbing price shock

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:43 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Electricity Authority has been warned sudden implementation of more efficient electricity distribution pricing will bring “disturbing” price shocks for many customers. More >>

Environmental tax debate lost in political storm

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:40 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government’s seemingly naive belief the release of the Tax Working Group’s report would spark a reasoned debate on tax reform has been dashed, greatly reducing the political opportunity for the expansion of environmental taxes. More >>

Govt blocks litter fine increase to focus on bigger picture

Sunday, 10 March 2019, 2:38 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government parties have voted down a National MP’s Bill which would have increased the maximum litter infringement fine from $400 to a maximum of $1000. More >>

Electricity price options paper out this week

Monday, 18 February 2019, 11:31 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

This article was originally published in the February 14 edition of Energy and Environment and has had minor edits More >>

 

 

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