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Ministers dismiss scrutiny week complaints they are "waging war on nature"

Tuesday - Ministers’ messages as they faced scrutiny in Parliament last week were consistent – they believed the Government was restoring balance and the need for belt-tightening.

Environmentalists need to face inconvenient truths: Commissioner

Tuesday - The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment says some in the environmental movement have difficulties accepting the trade-offs that economic reality demands.

Watts agrees more work needed to restore confidence in ETS

Monday - Climate change minister Simon Watts agrees that more needs to be done to restore confidence and stability to the emissions trading scheme, while also saying the scheme is the government’s key tool to do the “heavy lifting” to reduce emissions.

Carbon News launches price index

Monday - Today’s issue is the first to feature Carbon News’ own carbon price index for secondary market spot prices for NZUs on New Zealand’s compliance market.

Auditor-General warns public organisations against greenwashing

Friday - The Auditor-General has told auditors not to accept terms like carbon positive or carbon neutral in public organisations’ annual reports and long-term plans.

EDS conference confronting and provocative

Friday - The Environmental Defence Society’s annual conference was a confronting and provocative one for all.

Media round-up

Friday - In our weekly round-up of climate coverage in local media: Willis challenged over climate during 'scrutiny week'; five businesses emit as much carbon as half NZ's vehicle fleet; And resource management is always political.

Wait for the emissions reduction plan: Watts

Thursday - By Liz Kivi | The failure of yesterday’s carbon auction doesn’t mean the Emissions Trading Scheme isn’t working, according to climate change minister Simon Watts.

June carbon auction fails

19 Jun 24 - As market participants were predicting, this morning's carbon auction has failed, leaving millions of units to roll over to the next auction, and increasing the likelihood that the rest of this...

Budget cuts to climate funding mean NZ may now struggle to meet its international obligations

19 Jun 24 - By Nathan Cooper | With no new investment to combat climate change in last month’s budget, and a long list of cuts to climate and environment-related areas, the government risks damaging its global...

Transpower poised to sell emsTradepoint

19 Jun 24 - Transpower says it has had several expressions of interest from buyers for its unwanted subsidiary, emsTradepoint, which runs New Zealand’s government-owned carbon trading platform, as well as the...

Carbon auction preview: Experts predict likely failure and govt lost revenue “own goal”

18 Jun 24 - Experts are picking tomorrow’s carbon auction will fail, with no incentive for participants to bid at prices more than 20% higher than the current secondary market price.

MfE consultation risks landing government back in court

18 Jun 24 - Lawyers for Climate Action NZ has warned MfE that its approach to ETS settings in its consultation document could land the government back in court.

Govt cans controversial forestry ETS charges for this year

17 Jun 24 - Foresters have welcomed the government’s announcement that it is cancelling forestry ETS annual services charges for 2023-24.

ASX to offer NZU futures contracts

17 Jun 24 - The Australian Securities Exchange is set to launch futures contracts for New Zealand Units in July.

New Zealander joins UN-backed climate target organisation

14 Jun 24 - A Kiwi carbon management expert is joining the world’s top corporate climate-target verifier, the London-based Science Based Targets initiative, as one of five members of its newly formed independent...

Media round-up

14 Jun 24 - In our weekly round-up of the climate coverage in local media: Uncertainty abounds in the ETS; a major Atlantic current collapsing could disrupt NZ’s climate again; and is the government focussing on...

Wealthy Kiwis driving up transport emissions

13 Jun 24 - Cashed-up Kiwis are pumping out more than their fair share of transport emissions, driving more frequently and over longer distances, according to new research.

Govt restoring legal requirement to promote mining

13 Jun 24 - The government’s proposed reform of the Crown Minerals Act goes further than just repealing the 2018 ban on new petroleum exploration outside onshore Taranaki.

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