INDEPENDENT NEWS

NZ and the Netherlands working together on climate change

Published: Wed 9 Oct 2019 09:47 AM
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte co-hosted a business roundtable in Auckland this morning focused on working together to address climate change.
“The Netherlands is an important partner for New Zealand. We share a strong agricultural history. Sustainable agribusiness and transitioning to a low emissions economy are very much a focus for both our countries,’’ said Mr O’Connor.
“Farmers know better than most about the effects of climate change and many are innovating so that they can drive down on-farm emissions. They need technology to help them get there though.
“Both our countries play a leading role in reducing agricultural emissions through investment in programmes such as the Global Research Alliance.
“New Zealand and Dutch scientists are collaborating on a project to identify animals and diets suited for sustainable and productive farming under the New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research.
“The Netherlands, like New Zealand, understand the importance of becoming a low-carbon country to ensure a safe climate for our kids and grandkids. Working alongside them with a shared vision and goal is both exciting and inspiring”, said James Shaw.
“We want to further encourage this type of co-operation and events like today’s are the ideal forum.
“In the room we had leading New Zealand and Dutch agri-food and agri-tech companies and researchers. We were able to share and advance ideas and have a valuable and frank conversation about the challenges and opportunities we face together,” James Shaw concluded.
Mr Rutte attended the business roundtable as part of his two-day visit to New Zealand on 8 and 9 October.

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on a new book on the leaky homes scandal
By: Gordon Campbell
Review finds NZTA road safety regulation failings
By: RNZ
Climate Change Commission Chair-designate announced
By: New Zealand Government
Government putting right Holidays Act underpayment in Health
By: New Zealand Government
Police should not have pursued youths on Auckland motorway
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
Locked-in care is a ‘hard place to be happy’
By: Office of the Children's Commissioner
Campaigner welcomes removal of racist refugee restrictions
By: Murdoch Stephens
Sroubek report confirms Minister made wrong decision
By: New Zealand National Party
NZTA to refocus on safety following review
By: New Zealand Government
NZTA to adopt "safety first"?
By: Movement
NZ roads will never cope with heavier trucks
By: Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre
National Party open to higher methane targets
By: BusinessDesk
NZ to go Dutch to battle climate change
By: BusinessDesk
Small end of town needs to chip in on climate change - Carr
By: BusinessDesk
Carr named to chair Climate Change Commission
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media