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Carbon falls on smelter news

Friday - 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.

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.


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


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


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.

Abandoned waste lands smelter company in court

6 Jul 20 - The Environmental Defence Society is taking the operator of the Bluff aluminium smelter – one of the country’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases - to court over waste dumped in the old paper mill at Mataura.

Let's feed the people first, say ag leaders

2 Jul 20 - Agricultural industry leaders say they need to feed New Zealanders before the rest of the world.

Pundits predict carbon is going higher

2 Jul 20 - New Zealand carbon prices are at record levels, but how high are they going?

Carbon prices heading for a new record

1 Jul 20 - Carbon prices are back in record-price territory, with spot NZUs trading above $32 on CommTrade and Carbon Match.

Parker whips home third leg of climate trifecta

26 Jun 20 - The third leg of the Government’s climate change legislation trifecta came home this week.


26 Jun 20 - Ten years ago, Labour – which had brought the Emissions Trading Scheme into being less that two years earlier – was talking about the possibility of a carbon tax if it got back into power.


25 Jun 20 - Ten years ago, new Australian prime minister Julia Gillard was promising to revive the country’s plans for an emissions trading scheme after ousting Kevin Rudd from the job.

Good job and well done, says ClimCom

24 Jun 20 - The Government’s determination to overhaul the Emissions Trading Scheme despite the covid-19 pandemic has won praise from the Climate Change Commission.

No carbon-zero without new forests

Grant Dodson

23 Jun 20 - Government suggestions that it will limit forestry conversions to 40,000 hectares a year could prevent the country being carbon-neutral by 2050, forest owners says.


23 Jun 20 - Ten years ago, Westpac had entered the New Zealand carbon market and was run off its feet with business.

Lobby group has work for $2b from ETS

22 Jun 20 - A powerful public-private lobby group – including the head of the Ministry for the Environment – wants money generated by the Emissions Trading Scheme put into a $2 billion fund to help companies to...

Parliament does major job on ETS

17 Jun 20 - Parliament has passed major changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme, bringing agricultural emissions into the scheme and, for the first time, setting a cap on emissions.

Nats should have done more, admits Muller

Todd Muller in the Bay of Plenty
Photo Credit: SunLive

15 Jun 20 - New National Party leader Todd Muller has admitted his party should have done more about climate change when it was in power.

EDITORIAL: Into the red

15 Jun 20 - By ADELIA HALLETT | A rapid rise in the price of carbon could leave some of us facing winter without fresh tomatoes. But that’s as it should be.

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