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Government backs new community recycling centre for Onehunga

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Aucklanders will soon have a new community recycling centre as part of the Government’s plan to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage alongside Auckland Mayor Phil Goff in Auckland today.
A major new community recycling centre will be developed by Auckland Council in Onehunga supported by $2.2…

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Government moves to protect elite soils

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New Zealand’s most fertile and versatile land will be given new protection under proposals released today by Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. 
“Our land is a precious taonga – an irreplaceable treasure and a source of life and wellness for our country,” Damien O’Connor said. 
“One of the greatest challenges facing the world right now…

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Government responds to Royal Society Te Apārangi report on gene editing

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“The recently released papers by the Royal Society Te Apārangi note there are considerable benefits that gene editing can bring to our lives, particularly in health,” Environment Minister David Parker said.
The provisions governing gene editing, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), were amended in 2003 in line with the Government’s overall policy of proceeding with caution while preserving…

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Government joins forces with local communities to clean up waterways

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The Government has today announced the next step in its plan to clean up our rivers and lakes by supporting community-led programmes, delivering on the Wellbeing Budget’s investment to clean up our waterways. “Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their river without getting sick,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Sadly, half of our monitored swimming sites…

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Govt takes more action to reduce waste

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The Government is proposing a new way to deal with environmentally harmful products before they become waste, including plastic packing and bottles, as part of a wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills.
Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage released a public consultation document titled, “Proposed priority products and priority product stewardship…

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Ministers congratulate those making award winning emissions reductions

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The Minister for Climate Change and the Associate Minister of Health have congratulated the winners of this year’s Enviro-Mark Solutions Awards for their outstanding work in reducing carbon emissions.
“The organisations who are being celebrated for their significant emissions reductions show what can be done, no matter the size of your organisation, and their stories offer encouragement to…

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Government announces climate action plan

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Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today released the Government’s Climate Action Plan in response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the low emissions economy.
“Our Government is committed to a just and rapid transition to a low emissions economy, because it’s vital that we play our part looking after our planet. We’re already taking action on many…

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ETS fixes drive climate action

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A third set of fixes to the ETS has been made as the Government continues its work with industry to reach our climate change goals, Climate Change Minister James Shaw and Forestry Minister Shane Jones said.
The latest changes to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme will give certainty, flexibility and incentives to participants in the ETS as…

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Cleaner options and opportunities are emerging for process heat

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The Minister for Climate Change has welcomed today’s report from Transpower examining New Zealand’s future energy options.  
“The report, ‘Taking the climate heat out of process heat’, clearly shows we can move the country’s biggest user of coal to cleaner options,” said James Shaw.
 
“Transpower’s report says big reductions in greenhouse gases can be found in an activity…

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Government welcomes Danone investment in carbon neutral plant

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The Government has welcomed Danone’s announcement today of a $40 million investment into making its Balclutha milk powder plant carbon neutral.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said it’s encouraging to see that companies are willing to make this kind of investment.
“It’s really good to know that there are alternative low emission options for processing in the agriculture sector. This…

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