McCully must table emissions target while at UN

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully needs to table a New Zealand emissions reduction target while at the UN climate summit in New York this week, the Green Party said today.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened the summit so countries can give an indication of the emission reductions they intend to make by 2030.

“So far National has not been upfront about what it’s prepared to do as part of global efforts to tackle climate change,” said Green Party Climate Change Spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham.

“This is likely due to National’s abysmal record on climate. Under National, New Zealand’s emissions will get worse. On current government projections, our net emissions will rise 50 percent in the next 10 years.

“Official documents show National is struggling with the growing divide between the obligation to reduce emissions and New Zealand’s actual emissions profile.

“You can see the problem McCully has, but now is the time for National to get its act together, show some leadership and turn this failure around.

“McCully’s chief purpose for being at the UN is to further New Zealand’s bid for a seat on the Security Council.

“It is folly to lobby for that seat while ignoring one of the biggest threats to global security - climate change.”

A senior Pentagon official said earlier this year that the accelerating rate of climate change poses a severe risk to US national security and acts as a catalyst for global political conflict.

“It would arguably boost our chances of attaining that UN seat if John Key’s Government showed a genuine commitment to tackling climate change,” said Dr Graham.

National has a target of five percent reduction in emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, but will only meet it by purchasing offsets. When questioned by the Green Party in January, National refused to reveal a 2030 target. The European Commission has agreed to a 40 percent cut from 1990 levels by 2030. 

“National’s commitments to date falls well below what is needed from New Zealand,” said Dr Graham.

“We have a moral responsibility to act, yet taking action on climate change also presents a unique opportunity to transition to a smarter, cleaner, more prosperous economy.”

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

We need to remove all public money managed by the Government from climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been undervalued and many barely....
Take Action

Latest Climate Change Announcements

Policy

Climate Change Policy

To stabilise the climate for future generations, emissions across the entire economy must be reduced immediately. Creating a just transition to a n...
See More

Story

COVID-19 recovery: Greens call for investment in people and nature

As Aotearoa starts focusing on the economic recovery from COVID-19 the Green Party is calling for an economic stimulus package fit for the 21st cen...
Read More

Policy

Energy Policy

A just transition to a sustainable economy means using affordable, clean fuels and creating new jobs in clean energy industries. Greening the energ...
See More

Story

Greens celebrate KiwiSaver divestment win, call for further and faster action

Following the Greens’ win that ensures government default KiwiSavers divest from the fossil fuel industry, the Green Party have announced a Members...
Read More

Story

Greens’ KiwiSaver win reflects urgency of climate crisis

The Greens in Government have won a significant change to KiwiSaver funds that will bring an end to investments in fossil fuels, Green Party Co-lea...
Read More

Story

New Zealanders asked to help shape future climate and energy policy

Switching New Zealand to full renewable energy and solving the challenge of climate change will ensure a better planet for our kids and grandkids, ...
Read More