New report shows National going backwards on climate change

A new report released overnight by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe shows the National Government is going backwards on climate change, the Green Party said today.

The report assessed 58 countries on their emissions and efforts to cut climate pollution. New Zealand slipped seven places overall from 35th last year to 42nd, and received an overall mark of ‘poor’, with the effectiveness of the Government’s policies to tackle climate change given the worst possible ranking of ‘very low’.

“It is embarrassing to watch our Prime Minister stand on the world stage and claim that New Zealand is ‘determined to play its part and make a real difference’ on climate change, when he is actually part of the problem,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“It’s frustrating enough that we’ve dropped seven places in a highly regarded report; what’s worse is New Zealand is now ranked in the bottom five countries globally for overall climate policy. The National Government has chosen to not take climate change seriously and refuses to seize the opportunities we could all gain by doing something about it.

“New Zealand has three days left to step up in Paris and properly fight for the ambitious climate deal the world needs. So far our Government’s doing more to stymie a good agreement than achieve one.”

“This is the second major assessment of countries’ efforts to tackle climate change in which New Zealand has fallen to the bottom of the pack. Earlier this year climate experts from Climate Action Tracker described the National Government’s target to cut climate pollution as ‘inadequate’.  

Latest Environment Announcements

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

Story

Seaweek: Green Party calls on New Zealanders to make submissions supporting Waiheke Rāhui to protect declining kaimoana

The Green Party supports the Rāhui placed around Waiheke Island by Ngāti Pāoa to protect declining kaimoana and as part of Seaweek, is asking New Z...
Read More

Story

Green Party calls on Government to stop dirty fishing practice of bottom trawling

The Green Party is calling on the Government to urgently stop dirty, degrading fishing practices in areas most vulnerable to destruction.
Read More

Story

Greens commit to ensuring strong oceans protection this term

The Green Party will work with Labour this term to ensure better protections for our oceans, Green MP Eugenie Sage said today.
Read More

Story

Successful prosecution of Talley’s deep-water fishing division shows need for more marine protected areas and better enforcement

Today’s ruling that Talley’s deep-water fishing division, Amaltal, is guilty of bottom trawling in the Hikurangi Marine Reserve demonstrates the ne...
Read More

Story

Green Party commits to stronger urban tree protection and no new mines on public conservation land

The Green Party is the only party in Parliament which is explicitly committing to protecting public conservation land and the indigenous plants and...
Read More

Latest Climate Change Announcements

Story

Green Party supports climate strike demands

The Green Party supports the six demands for climate action put forward by School Strike for Climate NZ, who are striking across the country today.
Read More

Story

Green Party welcomes PCE report that calls for more sustainable tourism

The Green Party welcomes the report that calls for more sustainable tourism by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
Read More

Story

Green Party delivers on reducing transport emissions

The Green Party is already delivering on its commitment for cleaner, climate-friendly transport through our Cooperation Agreement with the Government.
Read More

Story

Green Party supports demands by School Strike 4 Climate NZ

The Green Party supports the demands by School Strike 4 Climate NZ that were announced today.
Read More

Story

Greens only party with plan to meet scale of climate challenge

A new report showing that the effects of climate change are already being felt in Aotearoa New Zealand shows the importance of the Green Party push...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome Labour’s climate commitments, will push for more action to match the scale of the crisis

The Green Party welcomes Labour’s commitment to reduce climate emissions in the next term of Government, but would go further and faster to address...
Read More