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Commtrade makes spot price unavailable

Thursday - By Liz Kivi | Jarden’s digital carbon trading platform, Commtrade, has locked market watchers and the general public out of viewing its last traded spot price, just as the government said it wanted to improve market transparency.

Agricultural emissions down

Thursday - New Zealand's emissions were down in the March quarter, 8% lower than their peak in March 2019, partly due to a decrease in agricultural emissions.

Carbon market ‘underwhelmed’ by govt climate plan

Wednesday - The carbon market barely blinked last week when the coalition government released its major climate policy, the second emissions reduction plan, which is intended to chart a path to reach climate targets to 2030.

Gas crunch ripples expand

Tuesday - The pressure from a squeezed gas supply and increasing prices is sending ripples through the economy, government, and courts.

NZ climate ambassador resigns

Monday - Climate change ambassador Kay Harrison has resigned just as the government was set to roll out major climate policies - many of which have been criticised by climate experts.

European organisation accuses Fonterra of derailing climate action

19 Jul 24 - A European organisation has accused big dairy and meat companies, including New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, of “distracting, delaying and derailing” action on climate change.

British trading house Marex launches in NZ

19 Jul 24 - UK trading house Marex has officially launched in New Zealand, with an office in Auckland and plans to start its own carbon trading platform.


Media round-up

19 Jul 24 - In our weekly round-up of climate coverage in local media: how the government's climate plan does less with more; experts say the plan puts NZ's reputation at risk; and why getting the ETS right will...

New plan might see climate change minister in court

18 Jul 24 - Lawyers for Climate Action say there are “significant concerns” about whether the government’s new climate plan will achieve its climate targets, and could be in breach of the Climate Change Response...

Foresters say govt planting forecasts are wrong

18 Jul 24 - Foresters say the government's planting forecasts in its new climate plan are wrong, with the actual planted areas likely to be about half the government’s projections in 2024, according to the New...

Govt drastically weakens vehicle emissions standards

18 Jul 24 - By Robert McLachlan | On 25 June, the Government amended the Clean Vehicles Act, completed in a single day under urgency, so there was no opportunity for public input.

Govt releases emissions reduction plan

17 Jul 24 - Climate change minister Simon Watts has released the second emissions reduction plan for consultation, with proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme including aligning ETS units with...

What does Denmark’s carbon tax mean for NZ?

17 Jul 24 - By Nick Swallow | COMMENT: A few weeks back Denmark announced a proposal to introduce a tax on agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Energy shortfall defined, the gas scramble is on

16 Jul 24 - Confirmation that current gas demand will outstrip supply over the next three years points to much higher gas prices, which will flow through to electricity prices, and a scramble for gas from...

Jarden launches commtrade platform in Australia

16 Jul 24 - Jarden is launching its renewables trading platform in Australia, looking to grow carbon credits trading as the energy transition continues.

ACT submits bill to stop regional councils considering climate impacts

15 Jul 24 - ACT MP Mark Cameron has lodged a new member’s bill to stop regional councils from considering climate change impacts in consenting decisions.

Solar and battery use continues to rise

15 Jul 24 - Solar generation and battery storage are rising rapidly according to analysts.

Reversing oil and gas exploration ban will increase emissions by 50Mt

12 Jul 24 - The coalition government’s plan to lift a ban on oil and gas exploration will lead to an extra 51.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions up to 2050, according to the Ministry for Business Innovation and...

Govt funding cuts “throttling” climate work

12 Jul 24 - A coalition of scientists say that the government axing half a billion dollars of science funding and scrapping more than 350 specialist science roles will sabotage vital work across climate, the...


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Government upgrading Lower North Island commuter rail

Thursday - Media release | The Coalition Government is investing $802.9 million into the...

New electric buses for Canterbury

Wednesday - Media release | Canterbury Regional Council is celebrating its 21 newest...

Tiwai increases demand response

Tuesday - Media release | New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) will reduce its...

Climate change minister to attend climate action meeting in China

Monday - Media release | Climate change minister Simon Watts travelled to China on...

Green climate fund approves US$22.6 million for Tonga coastal resilience project

19 Jul 24 - Media release | The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has approved a US$22.66...

ICNZ urges bold action on climate adaptation

17 Jul 24 - Media release | The Insurance Council of New Zealand Te Kāhui Inihua o...

EDS launches recommendations for Climate Adaptation Act

12 Jul 24 - Media release | The Environmental Defence Society has launched the final report...

Oceanic and coastal water temperatures highest recorded

10 Jul 24 - Media release | Between 2022 and 2023, oceanic and coastal waters around...

Climate change is making scientists reassess what is "normal"

4 Jul 24 - Media release | NIWA has completed a major project to analyse how New Zealand’s...

Contact to develop a grid-scale 100 MW battery in Auckland

3 Jul 24 - Media release | Contact Energy has answered calls for more energy storage by...

EQC becomes Natural Hazards Commission under new legislation

2 Jul 24 - Media release | The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has today become the Natural...

Report urges broader focus beyond household food waste

1 Jul 24 - Media release | The Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor (PMCSA), Dame Juliet...

Cookstove projects on hold as Verra investigates allegations

27 Jun 24 - Media release | Verra has been informed of allegations concerning actions by...

Wellington region's new low carbon transport strategy

26 Jun 24 - Media release | A new strategy released by Greater Wellington sets out a...

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