Govt climate plan must have integrity

The National Government’s refusal to cancel out fraudulent Russian carbon credits by using the surplus authentic carbon credits it holds, puts the integrity of our international climate commitments at risk, the Green Party said today.

Climate minister Paula Bennett is continuing to refuse to cancel bad carbon credits purchased from Russia and the Ukraine between 2013 and 2015 to offset the carbon emissions of New Zealand businesses.

It was subsequently found that approximately a quarter of those carbon credits were fraudulent and that no reduction in emissions took place.

“The Government needs to restore New Zealand’s international integrity by trading authentic carbon credits for previously used fraudulent ones,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.

“The National Government created the rules that allowed New Zealand companies to buy cheap, dodgy Russian carbon credits; National now needs to clean up the mess it created. Paula Bennett has the opportunity to step in and do the right thing.

“If our climate plan is seen internationally as fraudulent and compromised, then we’ll have little standing in future international climate and trade negotiations.

“New Zealanders would be horrified to know we’re still pretending to have reduced our emissions when nothing of the sort happened. It’s like using counterfeit money to pay for dinner when you’ve still got real money in your back pocket.

“This Government has shown that it can respond to public pressure. I’m asking New Zealanders to call on the Government to do the right thing and make good on our climate reduction commitments,” said Mr Shaw.

Link to Green Party climate petition:
http://www.worthsaving.org.nz/no-dodgy-carbon-credits

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Make it a shore thing – Bird of the Year 2021

The Green Party is calling on people to go dotty for dotterel and vote for the New Zealand Dotterel/Tūturiwhatu as Bird of the Year 2021.
Read More

Story

Waste strategy needs to learn from nature

Anything less than a transformational national waste strategy and waste legislation will not be enough, the Green Party said today.
Read More

Story

RMA reform must ensure a healthy environment and community wellbeing

The Green Party welcomes the release of the first draft of part of new legislation to replace the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), and urges the...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome progress on hard to recycle and single use plastics, but more needs to be done

The Green Party welcomes progress on the phase-out of some hard to recycle plastics and some single-use plastics, but says more must be done.
Read More

Story

Stronger biosecurity protections at our border and for our iconic kauri

$28 million (as part of $32 million over five years) to roll out a National Pest Management Plan to protect kauri from dieback. $8.9 million for a...
Read More

Story

Green Party dismayed at delay in intensive winter grazing regulations

“The Government’s decision to cave into agribusiness and delay the implementation of critical regulations on intensive winter grazing is a bad outc...
Read More

Latest Climate Change Announcements

Story

Principles for guiding the Emissions Reduction Plan Speech

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Read More

Story

Clean car package to drive down emissions

New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle charger...
Read More

Story

Foundations laid for strong climate action

$300 million to accelerate investment in low-carbon technology $67.4 million to implement the Carbon Neutral Government Programme, including a sig...
Read More

Story

Green Party supports Budget 2021 which will help those in poverty

The Green Party supports the 2021 Budget which increases income support for New Zealanders living in poverty, and we’ll continue to push for a long...
Read More

Story

Govt to rev up reductions in transport emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael ...
Read More

Story

Carbon neutral government a step closer

The Government is rolling out its plan for a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 by committing funding to a range of clean energy projects, includ...
Read More