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Judge Leaves Door Open On Climate Change Case… Just

Sunday, 15 March 2020, 2:58 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on March 12, 2020. A High Court judge has left the door open for a new tort law making corporates responsible for their greenhouse gas emissions, but indicated it would be a difficult argument to make ... More >>

Govt Vehicle Fleet Emissions Heading In Wrong Direction

Sunday, 23 February 2020, 2:00 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on February 13, 2020. The latest data shows the Government’s attempts to electrify its vehicle fleet and cut its emissions are not making much ground. While the average emissions per vehicle have dropped ... More >>

PCE Simon Upton Argues NZU Free Allocation Is A Sham

Sunday, 9 February 2020, 3:53 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Parliament’s Environment Committee resumed sitting this week hearing submissions on the Resource Management Amendment Bill and the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill. More >>

Election Timing Has Implications For Legislative Timetable For Energy and Environment Sector

Sunday, 9 February 2020, 3:47 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The setting of election day as September 19 will mean there is a constrained period of time for the Government to progress its legislative agenda with some particular implications for the energy and environment sector. More >>

Renewable energy policy paper proposes crackdown on coal use

Sunday, 2 February 2020, 1:11 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The accelerating renewable energy and energy efficiency discussion document explores possible options to address barriers to reducing energy-related emissions and improve energy efficiency. More >>

Policy papers late release underlines 2020 will be busy

Sunday, 2 February 2020, 1:07 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The energy and environment sector is still coming to terms with voluminous discussion documents released by the Government in December as it wrapped up the political year. More >>

Treasury relaxed over potential Tiwai smelter closure

Sunday, 15 December 2019, 1:27 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Treasury’s advice to ministers on the potential closure of the Tiwai aluminium smelter is relatively upbeat about the benefits and says closure will have a relatively low economic impact with no significant policy response necessary. More >>

Increasing vegetative cover across all land

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 2:13 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity will require councils to have targets for increased vegetative cover in their regions. More >>

Support for RMA Bill, but concerns about workload

Sunday, 8 December 2019, 2:11 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Submissions on the Resources Management Amendment Bill are generally supportive, though many express concerns about the time frame and resourcing of the accelerated freshwater proposals. More >>

Moving minerals law away from promotion

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 1:40 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The review of the Crown Minerals Act has been released and as expected focuses on changing the purpose of the law away from the promotion of mining. More >>

Govt sets mandate for climate change negotiations

Sunday, 1 December 2019, 1:37 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Government has released its negotiating mandate ministers will be taking to the UNFCCC COP meeting in Madrid next week. More >>

Shaw pushed for early inclusion of agriculture and lost

Sunday, 24 November 2019, 3:48 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Climate Change Minister James Shaw was pushing ministerial colleagues into the earlier inclusion of agriculture’s biological methane issues, but lost the debate at a Cabinet committee meeting. More >>

Resource Management Review paper sets out issues

Sunday, 24 November 2019, 3:34 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on November 14, 2019. The Resource Management Review Panel has released its option papers which covers in broad brush strokes many complex issues. More >>

Electricity sector changes should be treated with caution

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 1:32 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on October 31, 2019. The BusinessNZ Energy Council has warned the Government to be cautious about making changes to the electricity sector without thinking through the potential unintended consequences. More >>

Hydro exemption from water standards debated

Sunday, 10 November 2019, 1:25 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

First published in Energy and Environment on October 31, 2019. Treasury officials suggested to ministers all hydro generation schemes should be exempted from proposed freshwater quality standards. More >>

Conservation Authority worries about working with Fonterra

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:20 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Conservation Authority worries about working with Fonterra The Conservation Authority has told the Department of Conservation it is concerned its work with Fonterra isn’t a good look. More >>

MBIE plans for budget changes due to ‘no new mines’ policy

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:17 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is budgeting for a decrease in funding as a result of the ‘no new mines’ policy announced in 2018. More >>

Electric Kiwi says market power test needs strengthening

Sunday, 3 November 2019, 1:14 pm | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

Electric Kiwi and Haast Energy say the Commerce Act’s test for use of market power needs to be strengthened as the status quo is holding back the electricity sector. More >>

Just Transition Unit reports success - suggests expansion

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:40 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Just Transitions Unit work has been successful so far in Taranaki, but will need more funding to continue and expand, especially if it extends it work into the agriculture area where the Government is planning for the impact of major change, says a Cabinet ... More >>

EECA to look at LEDs in all housing

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 11:37 am | NZ Energy and Environment Business Week

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority is looking at whether it would be feasible to replace all household lighting with LEDs and its minister wants it to do more work on getting communities to develop their own renewable energy projects. More >>

 

 

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