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7 November 2008

Climate Change Minister David Parker’s claims that the current emissions trading scheme will not only be good for the environment but will increase jobs during the predicted slump are completely at odds with the views of our leading economists.


17 October 2008

Climate Change Minister David Parker’s claims that making the productive sectors pay for emissions via the emissions trading scheme is cheaper than if the taxpayer (government) paid for the Kyoto shortfall is completely at odds with analysis undertaken by leading economists, NZIER.


13 October 2008

The executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, Catherine Beard, says the much needed tax cuts will unfortunately be eaten into significantly by the increased costs households will face from the emissions trading scheme.


13 October 2008

Energy Minister David Parker announced a $1.595 million loan to the Otago District Health Board for energy efficiency improvements on 24 September which is predicted to save them $300,000 per year on energy bills, but according to analysis done for the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, the emissions trading legislation will result in a conservative cost increase for the DHB of $1,299,000 for energy.


11 September 2008

The passage of the most ambitious emissions trading scheme in the world will come at a high cost to the New Zealand economy, according to the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, representing the energy intensive sector.


2 September 2008

A “behind closed doors” deal with the Green Party to get their support for the emissions trading Bill has significantly increased the cost of the scheme for all energy users in New Zealand, according to the Greenhouse Policy Coalition.


30 July 2008

Letter to Stephen Tindall, Chair of the Climate Change Leadership Forum; reiterating industry concerns with the Climate Change Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference Bill.


7 July 2008

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, representing the energy intensive sector on climate change issues, says with the price of carbon hitting a two year high, new analysis shows householders and businesses can expect a much bigger bill from the proposed emissions trading scheme than the government would like to admit.


26 June 2008

Dear Political Leaders and Members of Parliament

The undersigned are writing to you to express on behalf of our collective memberships, and in the national interest, our strong concern at the process underway to introduce an emissions trading scheme via the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill. We request the opportunity to provide further written submissions on the vast number of changes proposed in its latest iteration.


26 June 2008

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, representing the energy intensive sector on climate change issues, says an economic peer review of the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development report, The economic opportunities arising from emissions trading: the major cost of delay, concludes it makes claims that are unsupported by evidence and based on a basic misunderstanding of the way economies work.


26 June 2008

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, representing the energy intensive sector on climate change issues, says environmental lobby group the Sustainability Council, is right that the emissions trading Bill before Parliament needs significant changes before it becomes law, but is wrong in its assumptions about the Bill providing subsidies to business at the expense of consumers.


18 June 2008

The Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill has not been changed sufficiently to allay concerns that industry will struggle to stay profitable in New Zealand, according to the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, which represents large industry across a range of sectors.


18 June 2008

New Zealand was chosen to host the Wold Environment Day celebrations we were told, in part because it is prepared to take a leadership role on climate change by introducing the most ambitious and comprehensive emissions trading scheme in the world. Climate Change Minister David Parker said if New Zealand, with a small, educated and wealthy population with a high percentage of renewables in electricity generation can’t lead the way, then who can?


18 June 2008

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, says the price of carbon in the EU ETS has hit NZ$50/tonne (€27.13) for EUA’s and NZ $35/tonne (€19.00) for Dec 08 CER’s, which are the units most New Zealand businesses will have to buy if the Emissions Trading Bill before the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee goes ahead in its current form.


21 May 2008

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, says that National’s withdrawal of support for the emissions trading Bill until significant flaws are remedied will be welcomed by the vast majority in the business community.


21 May 2008

Catherine Beard, executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, says the introduction of the emissions trading Bill could have far reaching economic consequences and the public deserve some clarity around the predicted costs of the scheme.


21 May 2008

David Parker spent most of 2007 selling this scheme to the public on the basis that it would be low cost and the economic effects would be “miniscule”, based on a carbon price of $15/tonne, when in fact the price of carbon was trading at double those prices on international carbon markets at the time.


13 May 2008

Submissions are currently being heard on the Climate Change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill and the Minister David Parker wants a report back to Parliament by June.

The vast majority of submitters hold grave concerns for the future profitability of their firm or sector if the Bill goes ahead without significant change and if you read through all the submissions, support for the current proposal is very thin on the ground, despite what proponents of the scheme would have people believe.


9 May 2008

The government’s announcement that liquid fuels are not to enter the emissions trading scheme until 2011 and that free allocation of NZU’s to trade exposed industry is not to be phased out until 2018 are a good start, but the scheme still needs work, according to the Greenhouse Policy Coalition.


9 May 2008

The Treasury has just revalued New Zealand’s Kyoto Protocol deficit to be worth over $1 billion based on a price of NZ$22/tonne of carbon, a 165% increase in the price of carbon over three years (38% compounding per annum).


9 May 2008

As the dark clouds of a possible recession gather on the horizon, the prospect of facing increased fuel and electricity costs as a result of the most ambitious emissions trading scheme in the world is certain to be adding to business pessimism, according to the Greenhouse Policy Coalition.


9 May 2008

I write to express my amazement about how uncritically the media is accepting the results of the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development’s surveys that come out of their “Shape NZ” market research.


9 May 2008

BP New Zealand has warned the Local Government and Environment Select Committee today that the current biofuel obligation could result in a price increase on petrol and diesel of at least seven cents per litre at the pump.


9 May 2008

Due to growing concerns from Economic Ministers’ and industry in Europe about the cost to their economies of emissions trading and potential job losses, the European Commission has been forced into a quick back-down on its plans to make the scheme universally tougher from 2013.


11 February 2008

Economic consultancy Castalia have reviewed the climate change (Emissions Trading and Renewable Preference) Bill, which was referred to a Select Committee before Christmas and concluded that the draft legislation does not fix any of the problems which were identified in the Government’s earlier proposals, and fails to create a mechanism for balancing economic and environmental interests in a sustainable fashion. (5 page review attached).


5 November 2007

Is the emissions trading scheme proposed by government leading the world or out on a limb?


2 November 2007

Letter to the Prime Minister from a wide range of industry associations, expressing concern at the speed of the introduction of emissions trading


8 June 2007

A wide range of industry sectors have written to the Minister, David Parker, over their concern at the proposed time-line for the introduction of emissions trading in New Zealand. 


30 March 2007

A new report by economic consultancy LECG concludes that a narrow based emissions trading scheme applied to the New Zealand electricity sector in 2008-2012 would impose significant costs on electricity consumers for little or no decreases in carbon emissions. more...


5 March 2007

A new report by economic consultancy ACIL Tasman concludes that renewable electricity generation in New Zealand (hydro, wind and geothermal) is already competitive with or below the cost of new coal and gas generation.


17 October 2005

A new report by economic consultancy Castalia concludes that it will be impossible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand to meet our Kyoto Protocol targets without causing severe economic hardship to New Zealanders.


1 August 2005

The major reason we should not impose a carbon tax in New Zealand is because it will not reduce our emissions, but make the cost of living, working and running a business in New Zealand more expensive. A lot of pain for not much emission reduction gain. more...


12 July 2005

There has been a huge amount of interest in New Zealand’s commitment to the Kyoto Protocol recently, given the new found knowledge that signing up to this international agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions might actually cost us some money more...


15 February 2005

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition (GPC), which represents New Zealand’s largest employers and energy users on matters relating to greenhouse gas issues, acknowledges the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol on 16th of February.


4 May 2004

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition (GPC), representing New Zealand’s energy intensive sector, says while the Government has to introduce policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a carbon tax is not the best policy option because it has the potential to hurt the New Zealand economy and will not necessarily result in significant emission reductions.


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