INDEPENDENT NEWS

Call To Reassess NZ's Kyoto Plan

Published: Thu 29 Mar 2001 01:47 PM
The United States rejection of the Kyoto Protocol for the reduction of greenhouse gases means New Zealand should reassess its position on climate change controls, and not try to go it alone, the Employers & Manufacturers Association says.
"In light of the US position on greenhouse gas emissions we need now to think long and carefully about how we can affect world opinion on the issue," said Alasdair Thompson, EMA's chief executive.
"We urge Government to reassess New Zealand's position on this, because realistically, if the US is not involved, the protocol won't work.
"For our struggling economy to keep on growing we cannot afford to penalise our exporters unilaterally with new taxes or other controls designed to limit carbon emissions before our major trading partners do.
"Government has acknowledged that delivering on ways to reduce greenhouse gases has become core business for it, but it has also started to demonstrate a commendable capacity to listen and consult widely.
"For example, it has indicated it is open to discussing the timing and methods whereby we set out to reach the targets for lower emissions set out in the Protocol.
"Following the US decision, we urge the Government to reassess where we are going with this critical issue."
Further comments: Alasdair Thompson tel 09 367 0911

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on the school climate strike
By: Gordon Campbell
Latest OIA statistics released
By: State Services Commission
New legal action taken against 'Hit and Run' inquiry
By: RNZ
Mokihinui River catchment land to be added to Kahurangi
By: New Zealand Government
An Open Letter from the Youth of Aotearoa
By: SchoolStrike
We're striking and we're doing it right!
By: School strike 4 climate
Wairarapa college students will join international protest
By: Carys Gibbs
Christchurch students to join global Climate Strike
By: SchoolStrike
Climate change protest on school day divides MPs
By: RNZ
Principals seek guidance over students climate strike
By: RNZ
The Nation: National Party leader Simon Bridges
By: The Nation
Student climate change strike gets backing from Gov Minister
By: TVNZ
Gradual transition to sustainable agriculture key - O'Connor
By: BusinessDesk
Renewable power climbs in 2018 despite increased coal burn
By: BusinessDesk
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media