Government sets climate change target to reduce CO2 emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2020

Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser

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The government has announced a new climate change target that aims to reduce New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2020 and a review this year of the existing Emissions Trade Scheme as part of its policy mix to meet the new targets.

Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser said the new target was a significant increase on its current target of 5% below 1990 emission levels by 2020. It was equivalent to a reduction of 11% below the 1990 emissions levels by 2030 and is similar to the approach of other significant players including the US and Canada, Mr Groser said.

The target will be economy-wide including agriculture and forestry and covers all greenhouse gases.

The intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) will be submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and remains provisional pending confirmation of the approaches to be taken in accounting for the land sector and confirmation of access to carbon markets.

All countries are expected to table targets as part of work toward a new climate change agreement to be concluded at the COP21 meeting in Paris in December.

"While New Zealand's emissions are small on a global scale, we are keen to make a fair and ambitious contribution to the international effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most harmful effects of climate change," Groser said.

Already 80 percent of New Zealand's electricity is renewable and around half our emissions come from food production for which there aren't yet cost-effective technologies to reduce them.

That means there are fewer opportunities for New Zealand to reduce its emissions right now, Groser said. However, he's optimistic about the future as the investment in agricultural research begins to bear fruit and the cost of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles continues to fall. "In five to 10 years we'll be in a good position to reduce our emissions in both agriculture and transport," he said.

The government has committed $45 million to the Global Research Alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases out to June 2019 and a further $48.5 million through the NZ Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre for research into technology to reduce agriculture greenhouse gas emissions.

The detailed rules and guidelines for national reduction targets are unlikely to be set until after the Paris meeting.

"To achieve domestic reductions and to do so at an affordable cost, we have identified a need for cost-effective mitigation technology and in particular that our continuing investment in agricultural research delivers results that can be commercialised within the time period covered by this contribution," the INDC statement said.

In 2013 New Zealand produced 400 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per unit of GDP, of which 48.4% came from agriculture and 21.9% from transport.

New Zealand's longer term emissions target is to reduce emissions to 50% below 1990 levels by 2050.

A University of Waikato study out today said New Zealand businesses want the government to show greater leadership around carbon, waste and water issues.

The study's findings are important for the government as it prepares for Paris climate change conference later this year, said report co-authors Associate Professor Eva Collins and Professor Juliet Roper from the University's management school.

Associate Professor Collins said there is a general consensus that New Zealand's 'clean and green' brand is critical to exports and could be jeopardised if environmental problems are not addressed.

However, many businesses are reluctant to invest more in sustainability initiatives until the government provides long-term regulatory certainty and levels the playing field, she said. Lack of government leadership has seen companies stop measuring their carbon footprint or put their carbon strategies on hold.

The findings are based on a 2013 survey of 520 business owners, the fourth carried out as part of a Marsden-funded research project examining New Zealand's sustainability practices over the past decade.

(BusinessDesk)


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Groser really is a noddy. One quick belch from any of the countries volcanoes will blow these numbers into nothing. How inconvenient.

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Absolutely mental.

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I assume your comment is aimed at the rampant climate change denialism of the average NBR contributor?

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I assume your comment has it's foundation in the rampant ignorance of the average climate change fanatic:

http://dailymediareview.weebly.com/what-the-media-wont-tell-you-about-cl...

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They are not going to meet their 2020 targets, the ETS is a claytons scheme that provides almost 100% assistance (subsidy) for emitters and punishes those who reduce emissions. The National government don't believe in it but are too gutless (politically savy) to say so.

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The political spin in this statement is complete. The statement released by J Goodhew the Minister of nothing much says "The Government has decided that our ‘intended nationally determined contribution’ (INDC) will be 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030."

In fact all emissions targets the world over relate to the year 1990. In 1990 we emitted 66.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent and we climbed to 84.7 m t in 2005. So by using 2005 as the base figure (not used by any other country in the world) the government can claim that it is proposing to reduce emissions by 30% when the truth is that just 11% reduction in 1990 emissions is the figure. I for one am sick of our lying politicians. Whether they believe in Global warming or not is not the issue, why don't they try telling the truth, one wonders how they lie straight in bed. I am not a Green supporter but this is nonsense.

Interestingly the Associate Minister for Primary Industries is J Goodhew who released this statement about targets. Goodhew supposedly represents our third biggest industry, (forestry) she does not even have a cabinet seat which shows what the government thinks of forestry. Interestingly Goodhew is chastised by the forest industry on all fronts, she knows nothing about forestry anyway.

I have been a true blue National Voter all my life but I am changing next time. Key and his mates take the NZ producer as idiots, as well they continue to let unabated immigration happen on an accelerating basis, virtually no other western countries or our trading partners' do. We are being buried by the wealthy citizens of much larger economies, irreversible changes are happening very quickly. The country our grandchildren live in will be vastly changed for the worse from today. Thanks to our present populist prime minister and his government.

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Surely you meant " I have been a Green party activist all my life"?
In any event, the only thing to really worry about is what the UN is going to do to your country once they have convinced "progressive governments" to fall under the one world government "for the good of the world".
But the good news is the world has already entered a cooling phase which could last 60 years, so the lies of Gore and hockey stick data fraudster Michael Mann will have come home to roost, and hopefully Mr Mann will have paid up in the D.C. appeals court which he is avoiding at all costs, for good reason!

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The key thing to remember is that NZ is actually a very green country with for example around 85% of our electricity generated from renewables. We are not really the problem when say compared with OZ or China where Coal generates most of their power. So why do we need to punish ourselves? For me this is just politics and nothing to do with climate change.

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Colin you are right. The problem appears to be the irrational stance by extremist global warmist propagandists who demand that the NZ Government treat every tree that is cut down and converted into timber for furniture or homes, as though the tree was burnt and reduced to carbon dioxide! Such a stupid stance of course, devoid of reality.
If you believe the alarmists views about methane being over 7 times as sinful to Gaia as CO2, then how do we stop all the natural processes occurring in swamps and forests all over the world emitting millions of tons of methane, and what about all those non-compliant volcanoes spewing all sorts of real pollution into the sea and into the stratosphere? You don't see Greenpeace campaigning against countries where these swamps, forests and volcanoes are doing their dark deeds!

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Should your headline read 2030, not 2020?

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Dunno if the Loons on the left (including National) and the mad marxists, in the Greens have noticed, but, take a peak outside. From the freezing temperatures, snow to sea level and good ole mother nature extending the middle finger to the GW scam...we all should consider jumping in our cars tomorrow, put foot on the gas and pretend it'll have some contributory effect in warming the planet. Either way, we'll still get ripped off paying the emissions tax with not a single hint of warming. The polar bears are fine. The yellow thing in the sky says it all and co2 falls to the ground.

Has anyone found out where the cash is going yet?

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Sadly more spin for our National government. Groser is an expert at it. His interview on National Live this morning revealed his contempt for NZers and his unbelievable arrogance. Wait until he spins about the benefits of the TPPA and ignores the substantial downsides.

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Not sure about 2030. Unless break through technology eventuates which can assist us to reduce or counteract current and historic emissions we will just have to adapt and compromise our lifestyles to the climate distortions which seem to be occurring around the world.

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