Supreme Court of New Zealand
19 December 2008
MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
Greenpeace New Zealand Inc v Genesis Power Ltd
SC 94/2007  NZSC 112
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Greenpeace appealed to the Supreme Court on the question of the proper interpretation of s 104E of the Resource
Management Act 1991. That section prohibits consent authorities from considering the effect of greenhouse gas emissions
on climate change in discharge and coastal permit applications, “except to the extent that the use and development of
renewable energy enables a reduction in the discharge into air of greenhouse gases”. The Court of Appeal held that this
exception applies only to applications which involve the use of renewable sources of energy production, and granted a
declaration to that effect.
A majority of the Supreme Court has dismissed Greenpeace’s appeal against that decision, and held that the Court of
Appeal was correct to interpret the exception as applying only to applications involving renewable energy. The majority
has also held that the Court of Appeal was correct to grant declaratory relief.