Tagged: green growth

The idea of ‘green growth’ is flawed. We must find ways of using and wasting less energy - The Changing Climate

Guest Author Jun 01, 2021

Michael (Mike) Joy, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington   As countries explore ways of decarbonising their economies, the mantra of “green growth” risks trapping us in a spiral of failures. Green growth is an oxymoron. Growth requires more material extraction, which in turn requires more energy. The fundamental problem we face in trying to replace fossil … Read More

Seven keys to green growth in NZ: Pure Advantage’s new economic analysis - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 17, 2012

Last week business lobby group Pure Advantage launched [Herald, Stuff] a specially commissioned report, Green Growth: Opportunities for New Zealand, which presents, they say, “an exhaustive, objective economic argument for embracing green growth”. The report was produced by a London-based economics consultancy in conjunction with the University of Auckland Business School, and is the culmination [...] … Read More

Another green growth report - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Nov 14, 2012

The industry advocacy group Pure Advantage has released another report. When I tried to download the report or the executive summary, it insisted on an email address. This seemed a bit strange, a bit controlling, frankly. The report runs to about 300 pages. I have not read it, and doubt that I will. Long reports [...] … Read More

Indonesian President promotes “sustainable growth with equity” - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 19, 2012

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave an impressive speech at the Centre for International Forestry Research last week. How his words translate into the political life of his country I don’t know, but it is hard to fault them as an analysis of the world’s current challenges and a pointer to the direction in which [...] … Read More

Pure Advantage’s strong central message - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jun 16, 2012

Simon Johnson, in his recent Hot Topic post, challenged the failure of Pure Advantage’s  report New Zealand’s Position in the Green Race to highlight the importance of putting a price on carbon, and Duncan Stewart offered a robust response. It’s not my purpose in this post to pursue that topic, but rather to dwell on [...] … Read More

Pure Advantage: green growth is bigger than just carbon - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jun 15, 2012

Duncan Stewart manages the Pure Advantage programme and in this personal guest post addresses Simon Johnson’s criticism earlier this week that the new green growth report, New Zealand’s Position in the Green Race, fails to take carbon emissions reductions as seriously as necessary. Duncan is a director of investment and advisory firm The Greenhouse, an [...] … Read More

Support for greening the economy - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 26, 2011

It’s been interesting to see some NZ Herald articles bearing on the Green Party’s “100,000 green jobs” policy which I discussed a few days ago. John Armstrong shared my view that the Green’s jobs policy deserved more than the “ritualistic slagging” offered by John Key and Steven Joyce. National might still claim the Greens do [...] … Read More

Dismissing Greens’ plan out of hand not justified - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 22, 2011

The immediate government reaction to the Greens’ announcement yesterday of their “100,000 green jobs” policy was to defend the economic status quo. The Prime Minister John Key: “They are talking about putting enormous taxes on New Zealand that would send a lot of businesses bankrupt.” Transport Minister Steven Joyce weighed in: “What they’re proposing is [...] … Read More

The Climate Show #16: Keith Hunter on oceans, acids and the carbon cycle - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jul 15, 2011

We learned a lot this week, as Professor Keith Hunter of the University of Otago, one of the world’s leading ocean chemists, gave us a masterclass on ocean acidification and what it means for the future of the oceans. Plus we discuss Australia’s new carbon tax, green growth campaigns in New Zealand, why China’s aerosols [...] … Read More