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Climate change minister faces up to some difficult questions

Today 11:45am - By Liz Kivi | The climate change minister faced some awkward questions at the Carbon and Energy Professionals conference this week, against a backdrop of falling carbon prices.

First fully electric passenger boat for Auckland

Wednesday - The world’s first hydrofoiling tourism vessel is undergoing testing in Auckland Harbour now and is set to be the City of Sails' first fully electric passenger boat.

Planet Titanic

Tuesday - By Jeremy Rose | It’s the genteel version of cage diving: cocooned in a steel cage, tourists are wowed by the majesty of nature all the while knowing they’re involved in something many experts argue is environmentally destructive.

Search for Rod Carr’s replacement underway

Tuesday - The chair of the Climate Change Commission, Rod Carr, is set to step down from his position at the end of his tenure this year, amidst falling carbon prices.

Management team working to save emsTradepoint as Transpower announces closure

Monday - New Zealand’s government-owned carbon trading platform emsTradepoint is set to close, but the operations team want the platform to continue and say they are working with the state-owned entity on a management buyout.

Scion report on short rotation forestry met with scepticism

Monday - A new report from Scion that says short rotation forestry holds the key to lowering fossil fuel use has been criticised by sustainable land use campaigners as well as an oil industry expert.

New govt mining strategy slammed by environmentalists and opposition

24 May 24 - Resources Minister Shane Jones has launched a draft strategy for the minerals sector which allows mining on conservation land and aims to double the sector’s export value to $2 billion.

Media round-up

24 May 24 - In our weekly round-up of climate coverage in local media: Christopher Luxon and Chloe Swarbrick - a tale of two speeches; private jet use is increasing in NZ; and investment giant BlackRock is yet...

Environment commissioner calls for separate ETS for methane

23 May 24 - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has again called for forestry to be phased out of the Emissions Trading Scheme and is calling for a separate ETS for methane.

Climate change litigation before the courts

23 May 24 - Two climate change related legal cases saw some action last week.

Govt blamed for low carbon price

22 May 24 - By Liz Kivi | The carbon price hit a ten-month low on the secondary market on Monday, with NZUs trading at about half the price of the commodity’s all-time high of $88.50 in November 2022.

ETS alone won’t decarbonise NZ: businesses representing 40% of country’s GDP

22 May 24 - The Sustainable Business Council and Climate Leaders Coalition say that depending on the ETS alone to reach net zero will cause significant harm to the economy.

ETS consultation: ‘signal versus noise’ suggests eventual price rise

21 May 24 - By Murray McClintock | COMMENT: Although changing prices makes a good soundbite, the key driver of ETS prices is unit supply and demand.

Battle between offshore wind developers and seabed miners

21 May 24 - A battle is developing between offshore wind developers and seabed miners over access to the South Taranaki Bight.

Carbon price sinks to lowest in ten months

20 May 24 - The carbon price is down nearly 11% since last week, as the market reacts negatively to a government consultation suggesting weaker ETS settings.

Farms could be the backbone of Aotearoa’s renewable energy future

17 May 24 - If each of New Zealand’s 50,000 farms installed a midsize solar array they would generate about two-thirds of the country’s current electricity needs.

Concern over job losses at Scion

17 May 24 - Foresters are “deeply apprehensive” over potential redundancies of scientists at Scion, with a proposed 30 jobs losses - about 10% the forestry crown research institute’s workforce.

Media round-up

17 May 24 - In our weekly round-up of the best climate coverage in local media: How denser housing can be greener too; carbon credits might need to be cut as NZ Steel's efficient furnace comes online; and the...

Jury out on how ETS consultation will impact carbon market

16 May 24 - The government’s latest consultation on Emissions Trading Scheme settings will be difficult for the market to translate into clear positive or negative signals - with uncertainty remaining around...

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Climate Change Commission chair to retire

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