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James Shaw MP on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:24

The Prime Minister’s former Chief Science Advisor has provided a valuable contribution to the discussion on how to handle agricultural greenhouse gas emissions with the release of his report on this issue, says James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change.

“As Sir Peter Gluckman states in his report on mitigating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, New Zealand is well-placed to lead the word in dealing with these global warming pollutants,” says James.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:19

James Shaw, Green Party co-leader and the Minister of Statistics, today launched the development of a new comprehensive set of environmental, social and economic indicators to better measure New Zealand’s overall wellbeing and success.

“This Government is expanding beyond traditional narrow measures of economic success to reflect the wellbeing of New Zealanders, including the environmental wellbeing that sustains us,” James said.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 17:07

Green Party co-leader and Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, says he will be reinforcing that urgency and ambition are needed regarding action on climate change as a Pacific conference gets underway tomorrow in Fiji.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 07:08

The Green Party is today fulfilling the commitment to proactively release its Ministers’ and Under-Secretary’s diaries as an important part of the party’s transparency policy.

“We have always strived to make politics honest, transparent, open and accessible for everyone. Now we’re part of Government, we’re opening up our Ministers’ diaries,” said Green Party Co-leader and Minister James Shaw.

“The influence of lobbying and unequal access to politicians is unhealthy in New Zealand politics.”

James Shaw MP on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 17:00

The Government’s plan to introduce a new Zero Carbon Bill has brought thousands of people together to discuss how we address climate change.

More than 14,000 submissions were received during the six week consultation, which closed today.

“I have been impressed by the number of businesses and farming leaders who have stood up to share their commitment to leading the change,” says the Minister for Climate Change.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 12:38

The Minister for Climate Change strongly welcomes the commitment by the new Climate Leaders Coalition of 60 businesses to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions and leading the way to the low-carbon economy.

“These 60 companies - from Z Energy, to Spark, Vodafone, Air New Zealand, Contact Energy, Meridian, Ngai Tahu Holdings and Ravensdown - make up nearly half of our country’s total greenhouse gas emissions when you include their supply chains.

James Shaw MP on Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 00:00

Minister for Climate Change James Shaw has welcomed the ‘Declaration for Ambition’ on climate change, signed by the High Ambition Coalition group of countries.

The Coalition is a group of countries, including New Zealand, who are committed to ambitious action to combat climate change.

“As the world works towards the next United Nations climate change conference in Poland later this year, it’s important to join with other countries to push for effective climate action and implementation of the Paris Agreement.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 00:00

Economic analysis to support the development of the Zero Carbon Bill shows the importance of economic innovation and of planting trees, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw says.

Five technical reports, released today, together set out possible economic pathways for the transition to a net zero emissions economy.

“The economic modeling shows that we can reduce emissions at the same time as growing the economy, jobs, and per-household incomes.

James Shaw MP on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 00:00

The Minister for Climate Change has welcomed WWF-New Zealand’s Open Letter offering its congratulations on the Government’s goal of getting the country to net zero emissions by 2050.

Their support comes the day before public consultation on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill begins.

It has been signed by more than 200 people including business leaders from Z Energy, Les Mills gyms, DB Breweries, the Body Shop and Meridian Energy, as well as the mayors of Wellington, Whanganui, Christchurch, Gisborne and Auckland.

James Shaw MP on Friday, May 18, 2018 - 00:00

Proactively planning how we can adapt to climate change urgently needs to weave into the work of every organisation, at every level, in every sector of New Zealand if we hope to adapt to the effects of climate change, says a group of climate change adaptation experts. 

Climate Change Minister James Shaw today released the Climate Change Adaptation Technical Working Group’s (CCATWG) recommendations on what New Zealand needs to do to adapt to the effects of climate change.