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FRIDAY POLITICS: We need a power plan

Today 9:00am - Picture this: you’re a Prime Minister who’s weathered a terrorist attack, a volcanic explosion and a pandemic, and then 10 weeks before you go to the polls one of the country’s largest employers announces it’s pulling out.

Carbon falls on smelter news

Tiwai Point smelter

Today 9:00am - Carbon prices have reacted to yesterday’s news that one of the country’s biggest electricity users and emitters of greenhouses gases is shutting up shop.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Today 9:00am - Negotiations for a free-trade agreement with the United Kingdom start on Monday.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Today 9:00am - Ten years ago, the New Zealand food industry was worried by research showing 21.5 per cent of British customers wouldn’t buy New Zealand produce because they were worried about food miles.

CARBON CUTS: Smelter signals end of aluminium emissions

Stew Hamilton

Thursday - One of New Zealand’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters is closing operations in New Zealand, potentially cutting the country’s missions by more than 1.5 million tonnes a year.

Carbon climbs to another new high

Thursday - New Zealand carbon prices are at a new high – but sellers are still not coming to the party.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ...

Thursday - Applications to remove tree-weeds without incurring a carbon liability are now open.


TEN YEARS AGO ...

Thursday - Ten years ago, heavy-emitting industries became eligible for free carbon credits for the first time. New Zealand Steel was the biggest beneficiary that year, receiving nearly half a million NZUs.

Government backs regenerative farming

Wednesday - The Government has unveiled a plan for the primary sector that includes a substantial switch to regenerative agriculture.

Fast-track panel chief appointed

Judge Newhook

Wednesday - Environment Court head Judge Laurie Newhook will oversee the resource consent fast-tracking process under special covid-19 recovery legislation.

How much e-waste do we recycle?

Wednesday - By PETER GRIFFIN | New Zealand's discarded jumble of unwanted electronic devices equates to around 97,000 tonnes of e-waste a year. How much of it is recycled?

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Wednesday - Ten years ago, a European government was buying New Zealand forestry units – but the details were under wraps.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ...

Wednesday - Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee today considers proposals to tighten up regulation of financial markets.

We'll need more building wood, say growers

Phil Taylor

Tuesday - A push to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the construction sector will inevitably lead to more wood in buildings, forest owners say.

Livestock under pressure for nitrogen pollution

Tuesday - The livestock sector is being singled out in new research for hugely increasing global nitrogen pollution.

Jarden puts pedals under pioneer carbon trader

Tuesday - If you’re looking for pioneering carbon dealer Nigel Brunel outside trading hours, chances are you’ll find him somewhere around Auckland on his bike.

MARKET LATEST: NZUs $32.25

Tuesday - Spot NZUs opened at $32.20 bid and $32.35 offered on CommTrade this morning after last fixing at $32.25.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ...

Tuesday - A petition calling for decisions about spending for the covid-19 pandemic economic recovery to be governed by sustainability principles goes before MPs tomorrow.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Tuesday - Ten years ago, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright was warning that giving free carbon credits to large industrial companies would undermine the Emissions Trading Scheme.


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