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Big Business wants equality for carbon credits

Tuesday - A think-tank representing some of the biggest companies operating in New Zealand wants international carbon credits to be treated the same as domestic emissions reductions.

WISE WORDS: Aim for 2040 and attack methane

Monday - A consortium of experts is calling for New Zealand to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and a doubling of the Government’s methane reduction-target.

Schoolgirl sounds alarm as Pacific leaders scrap

Friday - Pacific Islanders’ fears of the effects of climate change which occupied their leaders for 12 tense hours at the South Pacific Forum overnight were passionately voiced in Auckland this morning by a young Pasifika woman.

Government said no to official methane advice

15 Aug 19 - The Government went beyond officials’ advice in proposing cuts in methane emissions of up to 47 per cent, briefing papers show.

New waste action targets makers of goods

9 Aug 19 - Producers and users of electrical and electronic goods, farm chemicals and plastics, tyres, refrigerants and packaging could be about to become legally responsible for their disposal.

Beware of freeloaders, warns Enviro-Mark chief

Dr Ann Smith

8 Aug 19 - Without regulations requiring all businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions, some New Zealand companies will freeload off the efforts of others, the country’s leading emissions auditor is warning.

SCOTT SIMPSON: We want a seat at the table

7 Aug 19 - National's new climate spokesperson says the party has moved a long way on climate change - and he's had a hand in it.

Maori could have environment case, says expert

6 Aug 19 - Maori could legitimately take the Crown to the Waitangi Tribunal if councils around the country don’t work with them on climate change, a leading environmental law expert says.

Government rules out carbon market agency

5 Aug 19 - The Government says it will not set up a new agency to set the volume of carbon credits in the market.

Farmers can't agree on workable methane targets

5 Aug 19 - The agriculture sector is split over how much to cut methane emissions – but it looks like none of its members agree with the Government.

Saving natives good business, says strategy report

5 Aug 19 - Protecting New Zealand’s native species and ecosystems against the ravages of climate change will be good for business.

It must be carrot and stick, says business lobbyist

Malcolm Johns

2 Aug 19 - Christchurch Airport chief executive Malcolm Johns has a neat response for anyone suggesting he doesn’t understand the implications of the zero-carbon bill on the agricultural sector.

Kyoto units move confuses forest owners

1 Aug 19 - THE GOVERNMENT'S decision to cancel Kyoto units has left forest owners with more questions than answers.

Free credits, existing forests suffer in ETS changes

James Shaw

31 Jul 19 - Free carbon credits to trade-exposed heavy emitters are being phased out and forests registered in the Emissions Trading Scheme before 2019 will be barred from the new averaging accounting system,...

Shaw poised to announce more ETS changes

31 Jul 19 - The Government is about to unveil more changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Paris means we must halve many emissions

30 Jul 19 - New Zealand needs to more than halve emissions of most gases over the coming decade if it is to meet its Paris pledge, the Government says.

Stand over Kyoto units could cost us $500 million

29 Jul 19 - Refusing to use Kyoto units to meet New Zealand’s Paris climate promise could cost taxpayers half a billion dollars.

RMA overhaul could see planning role for gases

24 Jul 19 - The Government is opening the door to greenhouse gas being considering in planning applications.

Climate Change Commission deadline looms

24 Jul 19 - Nominations for members of the proposed Climate Change Commission close on Sunday.

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