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Climate Policies Commit to Single Most Important Reform

Monday, 25 August 2014, 3:14 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

Labour’s response to climate change includes the single most important reform required - a Carbon Budgeting process and a Climate Commission to drive it. More >>

High Court Prevents GM Developers Bypassing GM Laws

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 3:18 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

Media Statement, May 22 2014 The High Court has quashed a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that would have allowed developers of genetically modified crops to bypass New Zealand’s GM laws. The Court found the EPA misinterpreted the ... More >>

High Court Prevents GM Developers Bypassing GM Laws

Thursday, 22 May 2014, 11:34 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The High Court has quashed a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that would have allowed developers of genetically modified crops to bypass New Zealand’s GM laws. More >>

Budgeting for Use of Carbon is Key to Cutting Emissions

Monday, 14 April 2014, 11:15 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

Seriously tackling New Zealand’s emissions requires the use of carbon to be budgeted for in the same way the nation budgets for government spending. Without new action, New Zealand’s gross emissions are projected to be 23% above its recently announced ... More >>

TPP’s Benefits Less Than a Quarter of Government’s Claim

Wednesday, 5 February 2014, 12:49 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The TPP’s economic benefits are less than a quarter of those the government has claimed - and the proposed trade deal would impose serious costs. The government has repeatedly used estimates from a team of US economists to justify the Trans Pacific ... More >>

33% Gap Between Emissions Target and Performance

Thursday, 24 October 2013, 10:08 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

There is a 33% gap between the government’s new climate change target and New Zealand’s expected performance, all up. The overshoot is greater than previously expected as projected emissions are higher. More >>

TPP Negotiators on Notice to Protect Environment: Poll

Thursday, 6 December 2012, 11:14 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

An opinion poll shows a clear majority of New Zealanders reject the concept of foreign investors having any ability to sue the government offshore if is sets stronger environmental standards. More >>

ETS Losses Confirmed - Groser Has Explaining To Do

Wednesday, 7 November 2012, 5:19 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

New documents confirm the ETS has been a net loser for the taxpayer and that the government faces a big deficit in its carbon accounts, contrary to the Climate Change Minister’s denial. More >>

ETS Changes to Cost $1.3 Bn – and an Eternal Transitition

Friday, 13 July 2012, 11:15 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The total cost to taxpayers of changes to the ETS is at least $1.3 billion, based on the $25 per tonne carbon price the government currently uses to assess policy options. More >>

More Crafar-like Judgments Expected Unless EEZ Bill Reformed

Monday, 20 February 2012, 12:44 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

More Crafar-like court judgments can be expected unless legislation to govern use of the ocean is reformed and clarified. The Bill to regulate activities in New Zealand’s EEZ sets up a decision-making regime that is lopsided and not specific enough. More >>

Over 80% Support the Requirement to Label GM Foods

Wednesday, 23 November 2011, 3:51 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

Over 80% of New Zealanders believe the current requirement to label genetically modified foods should be retained, according to a Consumer Link poll. Just 10% believe the regulations should not be retained, while 83% believe they should be. More >>

Even Bigger Emission Subsidies Recommended by ETS Review

Thursday, 15 September 2011, 4:56 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

With each change to the ETS, the subsidy regime is expanded and the taxpayer picks up more of the tab, while there is minimal impact on gross emissions. On top of the tens of billions of dollars that the Treasury estimates subsidies to major emitters ... More >>

Taxpayers Face $1.1 Billion Kyoto Liability

Wednesday, 23 June 2010, 11:35 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

New Zealand’s failure to reduce emissions to its Kyoto Protocol target means the taxpayer still faces a $1.1 billion net liability after all the ETS charges have been paid. The ultimate figure depends on future carbon prices and it could be as ... More >>

Nanotech Commercialisation

Monday, 21 June 2010, 2:41 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

New Zealand women are being exposed to cosmetic products containing a type of nanomaterial that have been stripped from the shelves in Europe and Australia. Products containing nanoparticles called “fullerenes” remain on sale in New Zealand even though the ... More >>

ETS changes Put 84% of Bill to Future Taxpayers

Thursday, 12 November 2009, 11:32 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

Proposed changes to the emissions trading scheme (ETS) would result in 84% or more of the nation’s multi-billion dollar Kyoto liability being put on to future taxpayers. Today’s polluters will pay nothing like today’s emissions bill. After all the ... More >>

State Coal to Mine New State Subsidies

Tuesday, 29 September 2009, 9:25 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The state owned coal miner, Solid Energy, would be entitled to a subsidy on the cost of emissions from its proposed lignite to urea plant worth tens of millions of dollars a year. More >>

State Coal to Mine New State Subsidies

Monday, 28 September 2009, 4:21 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

The state owned coal miner, Solid Energy, would be entitled to a subsidy on the cost of emissions from its proposed lignite to urea plant worth tens of millions of dollars a year. Planned changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) expand the subsidy ... More >>

Agricultural Emissions Can Be Cut 13% - At Profit

Thursday, 2 April 2009, 2:47 pm | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

A report completed for MAF dispels the convenient untruth that pastoral farmers have no cost-effective options to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Over 13% of the nation’s agricultural emissions can be cut not just cost effectively, but at an ... More >>

ESR Questions Safety of a GM Food

Tuesday, 14 October 2008, 12:31 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

New Zealand’s food safety regulator ‘shopped’ for alternative advice when a report it had commissioned from ESR questioned the safety of a GM food More >>

ETS Rules Prejudge Level of Corporate Welfare

Tuesday, 24 June 2008, 11:19 am | Sustainability Council of New Zealand

Eight of the companies set to qualify for corporate welfare under the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) are together likely to receive $1.4 billion or more over the next decade. More >>

 

 

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