Sign up to passing Zero Carbon Act

LETTER

“Climate Change is bigger than politics — we need political parties to work together and look beyond election cycles.” I quote from the summary paper of the Zero Carbon Act Blueprint produced by Generation Zero, a group of volunteers (http://www.zerocarbonact.nz/), which they are asking all political parties to come together and support.

On June 29, 2017 the Young Nats publicly declared their support. Labour, the Green Party and New Zealand First all support elements of the Zero Carbon Framework. Generation Zero is organising a petition to Parliament to pass the Zero Carbon Act. It is not so scary as it sounds. The key elements are:

• Legally binding long-term targets

• Five-year carbon budgets

• Government policy plans to meet carbon targets

• An independent commission to guide the process and audit compliance.

This framework is based on the UK 2008 Climate Change Act, with two key differences:

1) There will be separate targets and pathways for, a) long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, and b) short lived GHGs, mainly methane.

2) The targets will apply to New Zealand’s domestic emissions only. This will ensure that our own zero carbon transition is on track and not hidden by international carbon trading.

By separating methane from other long-lived GHGs it enables New Zealand to transition to a carbon-free economy, with the exception of animal-derived methane gases, which will have to be reduced over time, but not to zero, only to sustainable levels.

The UK Act of 2008 is proof of how effective legislation can be. Since 2008, CO2 emissions have dropped by 28 percent there — a level last observed in 1894! Finland, Denmark and Ireland have similar legislation and Sweden is in the process of introducing a law which will make the country carbon neutral by 2045. None of these countries has suffered disastrous consequences. In fact, the legislation has spurred the development of new industries and jobs.

Far from protecting jobs here, our Government, by ignoring climate change, is missing out on developing new technologies and losing export opportunities.

Get online and sign the petition. Be part of the solution!

Bill Hambidge

“Climate Change is bigger than politics — we need political parties to work together and look beyond election cycles.” I quote from the summary paper of the Zero Carbon Act Blueprint produced by Generation Zero, a group of volunteers (http://www.zerocarbonact.nz/), which they are asking all political parties to come together and support.

On June 29, 2017 the Young Nats publicly declared their support. Labour, the Green Party and New Zealand First all support elements of the Zero Carbon Framework. Generation Zero is organising a petition to Parliament to pass the Zero Carbon Act. It is not so scary as it sounds. The key elements are:

• Legally binding long-term targets

• Five-year carbon budgets

• Government policy plans to meet carbon targets

• An independent commission to guide the process and audit compliance.

This framework is based on the UK 2008 Climate Change Act, with two key differences:

1) There will be separate targets and pathways for, a) long-lived greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, and b) short lived GHGs, mainly methane.

2) The targets will apply to New Zealand’s domestic emissions only. This will ensure that our own zero carbon transition is on track and not hidden by international carbon trading.

By separating methane from other long-lived GHGs it enables New Zealand to transition to a carbon-free economy, with the exception of animal-derived methane gases, which will have to be reduced over time, but not to zero, only to sustainable levels.

The UK Act of 2008 is proof of how effective legislation can be. Since 2008, CO2 emissions have dropped by 28 percent there — a level last observed in 1894! Finland, Denmark and Ireland have similar legislation and Sweden is in the process of introducing a law which will make the country carbon neutral by 2045. None of these countries has suffered disastrous consequences. In fact, the legislation has spurred the development of new industries and jobs.

Far from protecting jobs here, our Government, by ignoring climate change, is missing out on developing new technologies and losing export opportunities.

Get online and sign the petition. Be part of the solution!

Bill Hambidge

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.

Victor Komarovsky - 1 month ago
Awesome to see this being shared!

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    The region’s roads are in a bad state and need greater investment. What options would you prefer to increase the amount of local money committed to roading?

    Choose in order of preference, selecting just the options you think are worth considering and rate your preferred option as 1, next 2, etc.

    See also:
    Roading crisis ‘too big’, August 11 lead story

    Select multiple options. Press 'Clear' button to start over.
    Clear