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POLITICS: It looks like more of the same

Friday - The outcome of National’s leadership stoush today is unlikely to affect the party’s approach to climate policy.

Waste operator cuts gas emissions

Friday - Waste Management has cut greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations – but emissions from the rubbish it deals with are climbing.

Regional rail wins funding for business case

Friday - A proposal for new trains to replace diesel engines with electric and expand Wellington’s regional rail service has won Government funding – but only to see if the business case stacks up.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Friday - Ten years ago, more than 800 companies were waiting to hear who would be eligible for free carbon credits as emitters started to enter the Emissions Trading Scheme.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Friday - Today is the last day for expressions of interest for funding under the latest round of the Government’s Waste Minimisation Scheme.

Hydrogen dream driven by greed, says expert

Steve Goldthorpe

Thursday - New Zealand’s dream of a hydrogen-powered economy is being driven by greedy oil industry investors and “enchanted” government officials, an energy analyst says.0

MARKET LATEST: NZUs $25.02

Thursday - Spot NZUs opened at $24.75 bid and $25.10 offered on the CommTrade platform this morning, after last fixing at $25.02.


TEN YEARS AGO ...

Thursday - Ten years ago, Fonterra was fighting a decision by the National Government to cut it out of a scheme giving free carbon credits to trade-exposed heavy emitters.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Thursday - Today is the last day for submissions on a new law aimed at smoothing out the supply of logs for the domestic wood industry.

Emissions slashed, but scientists issue warning

Wednesday - The global economic shutdown caused by the covid-19 pandemic cut the world’s greenhouse gas by nearly 18 million tonnes a day – and the second-highest rate of reduction was in New Zealand.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Wednesday - Ten years ago, with the first wave of emitters set to enter the Emissions Trading Scheme in July, the National Government had set aside $1 billion in the Budget for operating the scheme.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Wednesday - Submissions on the Forestry (Regulation of Log Traders and Advisers) Amendment Bill, introduced as part of last week’s Budget, close tomorrow, when the Environment Select Committee will meet to...

Government goes for silence on ETS

Photo Credit: The Spinoff

Tuesday - The Government will make no announcements about changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme until after surrender date on May 31.

Lockdown gave us whiff of life with low pollution

Tuesday - Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight, says the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.

TEN YEARS AGO ...

Tuesday - Ten years ago, Nasa scientist James Hansen was warning that public understanding of climate change was being undermined by a combination of the Climategate allegations, minor errors in an IPCC...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ...

Tuesday - MPs take a break from Parliament this week, but will be back in the House next week.

Everybody hold hands and get on with it, says SBC

Mike Burrell

18 May 20 - The Sustainable Business Council is calling for aa cross-party consensus over the spending of covid-19 pandemic recovery money on decarbonising the economy.

Experts are back in fashion – so, get them talking

Dr Ashley Bloomfield

18 May 20 - British cabinet minister Michael Gove once sneered that “people have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong.”

TEN YEARS AGO ...

18 May 20 - Ten years ago, Genesis Energy was getting active in the country’s fledgling carbon market, saying it was in its own, and in the country’s, best interest to build liquidity.


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