INDEPENDENT NEWS

Govt Needs Quality Submissions On Climate Change

Published: Wed 12 Dec 2001 09:05 AM
Tuesday, 11 December 2001 Media Statement
New Zealanders are being urged to make good use of the time remaining for submissions to the Government in the first phase of consultation on climate change policy.
Pete Hodgson, Convenor of the Ministerial Group on Climate Change, says it is vital that the business community in particular provides information that helps the Government make quality decisions.
The third and final “climate summit” in the public consultation programme takes place at the Aotea Centre in Auckland tomorrow. The summits give interested parties the opportunity to present their views on climate change policy directly to officials and the minister.
Submissions in response to the discussion paper Kyoto Protocol: Ensuring our Future (available from www.climatechange.govt.nz) are sought by 21 December. There will be a second round of public consultation next year following the Government’s release of a preferred policy package by March.
“If the Government is to get climate change policy right, we need the best submissions we can get,” Mr Hodgson said. “It is very important that we receive information we can use, not just rhetoric and posturing.
“We are confronting a complex and global problem. The public policy to tackle it will reach far across the economy and must work far into the future. The Government is under no illusions about the scale of that challenge. We understand the risks and we have committed considerable resources to the policy process.
“In the consultation document we have asked careful and specific questions, because we need to hear considered views about domestic policy options. If we are to maximise benefits and minimise costs, we must have the engagement of the business community. And the business community will best protect its interests by engaging constructively.
“I urge business leaders to think strategically on climate change – and give the Government the benefit of the results.”
Ends

Next in New Zealand politics

Teachers unions to take legal action against Novopay
By: RNZ
Consensus reached on reducing agricultural emissions
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on what’s wrong with Wellington
By: Gordon Campbell
$1m Compensation To Christchurch Gun Owners In First Event
By: RNZ
Youth Parliament 2019 Event Kicks Off in the Capital
By: New Zealand Government
Foreign Minister to visit United States of America
By: New Zealand Government
Gordon Campbell on the Aussie banks’ latest fee hike excuse
By: Gordon Campbell
Long delay in pay increase for teachers unacceptable
By: NZEI
Greater role for gas in electrification of transport
By: BusinessDesk
UPDATE: Govt eyes 2025 for farm-level emissions pricing
By: BusinessDesk
Govt won't "die in a ditch" for 100% renewable target
By: BusinessDesk
Time for action on reducing agricultural emissions
By: Interim Climate Change Committee
Committee calls for accelerated electrification
By: Interim Climate Change Committee
NZ embracing renewable electricity future
By: New Zealand Government
National supportive of primary sector’s ambition
By: New Zealand National Party
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media