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New govt mining strategy slammed by environmentalists and opposition

Today 10:30am - 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

Today 10:30am - 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 to make investments from NZ climate fund announced ten months ago.

Environment commissioner calls for separate ETS for methane

Thursday - 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

Thursday - Two climate change related legal cases saw some action last week.

Govt blamed for low carbon price

Wednesday - 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

Wednesday - 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

Tuesday - 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

Tuesday - 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

Monday - 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...

Infrastructure Commission finds some progress on climate - but road-building won’t solve congestion

16 May 24 - By Liz Kivi | The coalition government has reaffirmed its focus on roads just days after a major report from the Infrastructure Commission said we can’t build our way out of congestion.

ETS consultation suggests lower prices for NZUs

15 May 24 - A new consultation document from the Ministry for the Environment suggests lowering the auction floor price for the Emissions Trading Scheme, as well as lowering the trigger price for the cost...

Aotearoa gives $17 million for PNG renewable energy

15 May 24 - A $17 million contribution to a renewable energy project on the Island of Bougainville is part of a $44.9 million package announced by foreign minister Winston Peter in Port Moresby earlier this week.

Govt seizes possible energy shortfall as PR opportunity?

14 May 24 - Last week was a remarkable one for the energy sector. It started with the government seizing on the latest gas data to set up a committee to ensure gas supply was maintained for “critical users”.

NZ must avoid environmental mistakes of the past: new book

14 May 24 - A new book about the Environmental Defence Society is full of salient lessons for today, including why the government’s proposed Fast-track Approvals Bill shouldn’t override environmental...

Study highlights agreement on climate adaptation

14 May 24 - Scientists have looked over all the submissions to the National Adaptation Plan, finding the common ground among differing interest groups like businesses, environmental organisations, and iwi.

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New project targets methane reduction in dairy effluent ponds

Thursday - Media release | A new project led by Lincoln University and Ravensdown marks...

Over 60% bounty increase for refrigerant recovery

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Antarctica likely storing more carbon than previously thought

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Improving buildings could save NZ almost $40 billion

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Carbon pricing works: major meta-study

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Fast-track applicant to pay $216,000 for failed mine bid

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13 May 24 - Media release | AgriZeroNZ, the joint venture fast-tracking emissions reduction...

Boost energy efficiency to slash coal imports and high power bills – it’s a no brainer

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Climate now a housing issue: research reveals a whopping 90% want flood info when buying

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Low gas production threatens energy security

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Midwives vital part of the solution to climate challenges

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Air New Zealand announces changes to Sustainability Advisory Panel

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Contract awarded to recloak Coronet Forest

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Updated standard paves the way for introducing biomethane into existing gas pipeline network

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