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Local government support on waste  welcome

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Local government leadership is crucial to turn around New Zealand’s approach to waste, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says.
Today at its AGM and conference Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) voted to support several proposals to tackle recycling and waste problems, including calling for strong Government leadership.
“I welcome local government’s support and leadership on the pressing issue of…

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Standards and clear information needed on compostable and biodegradable plastics

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New information confirms work is needed to ensure there are good standards and clear information for consumers about biodegradable and compostable plastics, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Simon Upton published an online guide on biodegradable and compostable plastics yesterday.
“It’s very hard for families and businesses to make choices that are good…

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Minister welcomes big business emissions commitment

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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…

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Minister welcomes climate focus on long-term investment

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The Minister for Climate Change has congratulated the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Group for its new Framework offering guidance on long-term investment and asset ownership in relation to climate change.
“The publication of this Framework is important to promote consideration and understanding of climate change issues in the management of large, long-term asset portfolios controlled by sovereign…

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