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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ‘Conflicts? What conflicts?’ – John Palmer

Tuesday 1 Apr 08 9:00am

John Palmer ... no difficulty in chairing carbon-challenged coal and airline busineses
Photo Credit: Solid Energy
Photo Credit: Solid Energy
John Palmer ... no difficulty in chairing carbon-challenged coal and airline busineses

No conflicts or contradictions over the pending emissions trading scheme (ETS) arise from John Palmer’s chairmanship of both state-owned collier Solid Energy (SE) and mostly-state-owned airline Air New Zealand, he told Carbon News yesterday.

Certainly SE is challenged by widespread perceptions of coal as being destructive of New Zealand’s clean green image, and equally Air NZ’s success is to a large extent predicated on overseas tourists continuing to subscribe to that image, but there was no inherent conflict or contradiction in his chairing the boards of both companies, Palmer said.

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