Tagged: ETS

Telling porkies to Parliament (first reprise) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 22, 2009

There are hours of harmless fun to be had digging around in the submissions to the Finance & Expenditure Committee on the government’s proposed amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme [full list here]. There’s some good stuff — the Institute of Policy Studies/Climate Change Research Institute submission [PDF] is scathing: The Bill [...] does not provide [...] … Read More

Self-interested, myopic hot-air - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 26, 2009

New Zealand’s farming leadership have not distinguished themselves in the debate about climate policy. Federated Farmers president Don Nicholson has called for NZ to set no target for emissions reductions and for agriculture to be excluded from the emissions trading scheme, and former vice-president Frank Brenmuhl is still ruminating on the need for more debate [...] … Read More

National’s nine ways to stuff up: Oram on climate policy in NZ - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 21, 2009

Rod Oram’s column in yesterday’s Sunday Star Times so perfectly captures my own feelings on the government’s proposed watering down of the emissions trading scheme that I asked Rod if he would allow me to post it here as a guest blog. I’m glad to say he agreed… To understand how the government is destroying the [...] … Read More

Climate change policy myopia - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 21, 2009

This is a guest post by associate professor Ralph Chapman, senior researcher Andy Reisinger, professor Jonathan Boston and senior associate Judy Lawrence from Victoria University of Wellington. It’s a succinct explanation of how and why the government’s climate policy is wrong-headed and ineffective, and is required reading for anyone following the policy debate in NZ. [...] … Read More

National snub to Labour on ETS: part 2 — the fallout - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 14, 2009

Carbon News has a special update tonight with the gory details of the government’s snub to the Labour opposition on negotiations to amend the emissions trading scheme. CN has also made available the full text of Labour’s proposed memorandum of understanding with the government (PDF) — which reveals that substantial incentives for agriculture were on [...] … Read More

National snubs Labour, buys Maori support for watered-down ETS - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 14, 2009

Nick Smith announced this afternoon that National has cut a deal with the Maori Party to support an amended, watered-down emissions trading scheme. Key features (from the press release): Revised entry dates of 1 July 2010 for transport, energy and industrial sectors and 1 January 2015 for agriculture A transitional phase until 1 January 2013 with a [...] … Read More