Bennett misleading public on Govt’s climate action

Official briefings show that the Government will fall short of its target for reducing climate pollution by 85%, despite Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett saying the Government is on track to meet it, the Green Party said today.

In October 2016 Paula Bennett wrote an opinion piece titled ‘We're on the Right Track on Tackling Climate Change’, in which she claimed the Government had a plan to meet its targets, including an “ambitious” electric vehicles programme.

However, a briefing to the Minister in May 2016 shows that Ministry for the Environment officials believe:

the Government is "not on track to reduce emissions" and that “thiswill leave us increasingly exposed". [See page 2 of attached briefing]

that existing policies will only reduce 12% of the emissions the Government committed to eliminate by 2030. [See page 1 of attached appendix]
the electric vehicle programme will eliminate just 0.2% of emissions needed to meet the Government’s 2030 climate target. [See page 1 of attached appendix]

“If what Paula Bennett is saying in public is precisely the opposite of what she’s hearing from officials, you have to ask where she’s getting her ‘alternative facts’ from," said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“The Government is misleading the public about its record on climate change – many New Zealanders believe our emissions have been falling, even though the reality is that New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased 19% since this Government came to office.

“I suspect the Minister hopes that by talking a big game on climate change she’ll face less public scrutiny about rising levels of climate pollution and eight years of inaction.

“You can’t say that National’s electric vehicle’s plan is ‘ambitious,’ when it only cuts 0.2 percent of the pollution needed to meet our climate target.

“The Minister also claimed the Government was ‘well on the way’ to reaching its target of 90 percent renewable electricity, despite experts saying that’s highly unlikely.

“The truth is that after eight years in power National still doesn’t have a plan for how it will eliminate more than 85 percent of New Zealand's climate pollution.

“Taking action on climate change is actually an opportunity for the Government to invest in cleaner, faster public transport, local renewable energy, and a more diverse and sustainable agricultural industry," said Mr Shaw.

 

 

 

 

Latest Climate Change Announcements

Story

New Zealand first in the world to require climate risk reporting

New Zealand will be the first country in the world to require the financial sector to report on climate risks, the Minister for Climate Change Jame...
Read More

Story

Greens unveil $297m fund to support sustainable food and farming

The Green Party has released its Farming for the Future Plan, including a $297m fund to support farmers and growers to transition to climate-friend...
Read More

Farming For The Future

Here in Aotearoa, we can have a thriving and sustainable farming sector that is good for farmers, good for people, and good for the planet. By maki...
Read More

Petition

Supporting farmers to be part of the solution

Our farmers are already leading the way toward climate-friendly agriculture - but governments must support them to go further, faster.   The Green ...
SIGN ON

Story

Labour’s energy policy shows progress, but more action needed to protect the planet

The Green Party says Labour’s energy policy is a step in the right direction, but the Greens would go further and faster to meaningfully tackle the...
Read More

Story

Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer

Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources M...
Read More