To achieve responsible and sustainable climate change policies that are fit for New Zealand conditions, preserve the international competitiveness of trade-exposed sectors and promote economic prosperity
Strategic Purpose Statements
- To advocate for responsible climate change policies that preserve New Zealand’s economic prosperity
- To improve public understanding of climate change policies
- To promote understanding of climate change policies among the business community
The GPC recognises that there are no easy solutions to either the international or domestic problems associated with the issue of limiting greenhouse gas emissions. It believes the Government must assess, develop and implement greenhouse policy with full regard to the important economic, social and environmental impacts of its decisions.
The GPC believes the Government has a responsibility to:
- protect New Zealand's international competitiveness.
- maintain the position that all policies and measures must meet the criteria of 'least cost', in both the international and domestic context.
- take no action to disadvantage emitters who have already taken effective steps to avoid remedy or mitigate their emissions of the six greenhouse gases covered in the Kyoto Protocol.
- recognise that New Zealand's emissions represent less than 0.2% of global green-house emissions (0.12% of global CO2 emissions) and that any action in advance of other nations, that are much more significant emitters, will be futile.
- engage the whole community in the development and implementation of greenhouse policy to ensure that everyone understands the issues, understands the costs and benefits associated with a full range of potential response strategies and are prepared to play a full role in assisting New Zealand to meet its international obligations.
- take account of growth in the New Zealand and regional economies
- encourage the whole community to participate in the debate over the way ahead to ensure that the widest range possible of complementary measures are devised and that society develops the most efficient and effective means to utilise and implement these measures.
- involve all stakeholders in the debate over the permit allocation process in an efficient and effective manner.
- Advocate strongly at future UNFCCC meetings for developing country (Non-Annex 1) engagement to undertake obligations under the Kyoto Protocol from the second commitment period.
The GPC continues to push for a balance between the international negotiating processes and domestic policies and measures that threaten the New Zealand economy.