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Proposed Emissions Trading Scheme improvements attract support

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Submissions on improvements to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) show that there is broad support to make improvements to the scheme, says the Minister for Climate Change.
The Ministry for the Environment has today released a summary of submissions made during last year’s consultation on improvements to the ETS. The report is available here.  “I would…

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Environment report reinforces need for Government’s plan

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The Environment Aotearoa 2019 report released today shows why the Government’s plan to clean up our waterways and make New Zealand carbon-neutral is so crucial, Environment Minister David Parker said. 
“The report contributes to our understanding of the impacts land use decisions are having – but there are no big surprises. We’ve known for years about the pollution…

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Rising greenhouse gas emissions show the need for action on climate change

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New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows emissions are on the rise, underscoring why the Government is taking action on climate change.
The Inventory shows New Zealand’s gross emissions increased 2.2 per cent between 2016 and 2017, and have increased by 23.1 per cent between 1990 and 2017.
“That shows why we need the kind of clear policies and…

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New funding to make a splash improving water quality

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The Government is going the extra mile backing the Sustainable Business Network’s Million Metres Streams’ project with a $200,000 funding boost, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.
“I am excited to be able to announce this funding from the Community Environment Fund for the Million Metres project in time for this year’s autumn planting season. “The Million…

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National Climate Change Risk Assessment panel appointed

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The Minister for Climate Change welcomes the Ministry for the Environment’s appointment of an expert panel to create the framework for New Zealand’s first National Climate Change Risk Assessment.
“The National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA) will provide a national overview of how climate change is likely to impact New Zealand, and will identify where the gaps in…

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Farmers focused on climate change

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New survey research, released today, shows farmers are focused on sustainability and the impacts of climate change more than ever.
The survey, by Nielsen Research, was commissioned by the Ministry for Primary Industries through the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Research programme.
“These latest results show that 92 percent of farmers are focused on making their farm more environmentally…

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Water investment to unlock land potential

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The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest up to $18.5 million in water storage to unlock land use potential in the Mid North, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Economic Development Minister David Parker announced today. “Up to $18.5 million will be invested to help investigate and, if feasible, construct community-scale water storage and use options…

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RMA plans will be easier to make and understand

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Plans will be easier to prepare, use and understand under the Resource Management Act (RMA) with the release of new National Planning Standards. 
Environment Minister David Parker said the move would reduce compliance costs and address criticisms that RMA plans are unduly complex. 
“Standardising the format of local government plans made under the RMA and the definitions used in…

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New funding to deal with agrichemical and farm waste

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Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today announced $381,000 in Government funding to enable farmers and growers to better deal with waste.
The funding, from the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund, will mean farmers and growers can more easily recycle or safely dispose of a wider range of on-farm waste such as agrichemicals, scrap metal, soft plastics…

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ETS revamp: averaging accounting for forests

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Changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will see 89 million more trees planted in the coming years and an extra 45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide stored in New Zealand’s forests. Forestry Minister Shane Jones and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have today announced a second set of changes to the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) as…

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