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News Releases 2011

List of current releases

22 December 2011

GPC newsletter covering the latest in international developments in carbon pricing and climate change policy.

29 November 2011

The international community has come a long way from the heady days preceding the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009 – all hope of a quick global agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions is almost officially gone.

9 November 2011

National's climate change policy acknowledges global realities, but should do more to help businesses and consumers.

16 September 2011

Results of annual climate change survey suggest the ETS review recommendations to phase out moderating features are headed in the wrong direction.

15 September 2011

The recommendations of the ETS review panel would increase the cost of the scheme to consumers and businesses after next year, and are not supported by public opinion.

2 August 2011

New Zealanders seem to want a cautious approach to climate change policy, seeing other issues as more important and expressing concern about the cost of dealing with climate change, this year’s Greenhouse Policy Coalition survey shows.

25 July 2011

Australia’s decision to introduce a carbon tax does not mean the NZETS half-obligation mechanism should be dropped.

7 April 2011

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition says the Emissions Trading Scheme review should continue the current support measures beyond 2012.

9 March 2011

This brochure describes the various carbon units involved in the NZ Emissions Trading Scheme and shows how they are used under the scheme.  This is a useful backgrounder for anyone trying to understand how the NZETS works.

8 February 2011

China is often described as a leader in tackling climate change, but this picture is misleading as it does not factor in China's status as the greatest source of emissions growth and its continued dependence of coal.

15 November 2010

Most New Zealanders recognize the need for businesses and the rural sector to receive support through carbon credits under the Emissions Trading Scheme, a survey has found.

15 November 2010

The very low key announcement by Climate Change Negotiations Minister Tim Groser that he has been invited to attend the Major Economies Forum meeting in Washington next week belies the importance of this development.

20 October 2010

This fact sheet outlines the NZETS and compares it with the EUETS and the last iteration of the Australian Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

20 September 2010

Overall, New Zealanders rank climate change at the bottom of their list of major issues and more people are growing concerned about the costs involved in tackling it, a new survey shows.

5 August 2010

It has become commonplace for those seeking a dramatic response to climate change to criticise the Emissions Trading Scheme on the basis that it subsidises big companies.

30 June 2010

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition would support the Government proceeding with an early review of the Emissions Trading Scheme in light of international uncertainty around climate change policy.

28 April 2010

New Zealand should put its emissions trading scheme on hold following Australia’s decision to stop work on its own scheme, the Greenhouse Policy Coalition said today.

7 April 2010

The Global Research Alliance is a positive example of how New Zealand should go about tackling carbon emissions, the Greenhouse Policy Coalition’s new Executive Director, David Venables, said today.

17 February 2010

While there have been plenty of column inches devoted to picking over the entrails of the failed UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen, there has not much discussion of what it means specifically for New Zealand.

15 December 2009

New analysis of country pledges for climate change emission reductions after 2012 shows NZ’s conditional target of 10-20% rates better than many other countries.

2 December 2009

A new survey of public opinion on climate change issues released today by the Greenhouse Policy Coalition shows that while the public are generally supportive of New Zealand taking part in an international agreement to limit emissions even if it involves some cost to the country, 60% feel the announced target (15% reduction below 1990 levels) is demanding enough and 44% feel the target is too steep and unrealistic.

15 September 2009

The executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, representing the energy intensive sector on climate change issues, says the proposed changes the government has announced for the emissions trading scheme are a welcome move in the right direction.

5 August 2009

The Greenhouse Policy Coalition submission to the government on a 2020 target for emission reductions, warns that if the government settles on a 15% reduction target from 1990 levels, it will cost NZ households ten times what the US is proposing to charge its citizens.

8 July 2009

New economic analysis done for the Greenhouse Policy Coalition shows that the emission reduction targets being called for by Greenpeace of a 40% reduction by 2020, would come at a very high cost for every New Zealander, potentially reducing every person’s income by $3,200 by 2020 and doubling the price of energy.

29 June 2009

A peer review of the economic analysis undertaken by NZIER and Infometrics for the Select Committee Review of the emissions trading scheme, is critical of the conclusion it reached because the conclusion is not based on the results of the economic modeling.

10 June 2009

It is interesting to see that Greenpeace has corralled a group of NZ celebrities to endorse its call for NZ to sign up to an emission reduction target of 40% by 2020 at the next round of climate change negotiations. The list includes Lucy Lawless, Stephen Tindall, Cliff Curtis, Peter Gordon and Jim Salinger.

While targets to aspire to are one thing, international emission reduction commitments will come at a high cost for New Zealanders’ if the target proves to be unrealistic.

13 May 2009

The executive director of the Greenhouse Policy Coalition, representing the energy intensive sector on climate change issues, today called on the Select Committee reviewing the emissions trading scheme (ETS) to suspend the introduction of the industrial sector into the scheme, until such time as the flawed legislation has been properly reviewed and fixed.

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