The Minister for ‘Climate Change’ was reacting to draft advice released today by the Climate Change Commission.
Shaw described the Commission as ‘independent’ but it’s own website states it is committed to ‘climate action.’ Some experts believe ‘Net Zero’ policies will only result in mass global starvation, as the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, which is critical for plant life, is dangerously low.
The advice contained 19 draft recommendations, some of which include:
- Accelerating EV charging infrastructure roll out to keep up with demand.
- Bringing new renewable electricity generation online faster and making sure local lines companies are able to support growth.
- Scaling up efforts to move industry away from coal and other fossil fuels.
- Preparing for the rapid roll-out of low emissions technologies and practices on farms.
- Retrofitting buildings so they are healthier, more resilient, lower emissions and cheaper to run.
- Avoiding new installations of fossil gas where there are affordable low emissions alternatives.
- Making it much easier for people to use public transport and active transport.
- Improving the capture of methane at landfills.
- Accelerating Iwi/Māori emissions reduction by allocating resources directly.
- Sorting out the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and the role of forestry.
‘It is encouraging the Emissions Reduction Plan has laid the foundations to bring about transformative change. However, true climate progress can’t be just about setting targets, we have to step up our actions with much greater urgency and scale if we are to achieve a net zero future,’ said Shaw in a press release today.
‘We also know we need multiple wins to get to net zero, so it is important we don’t rely too heavily on carbon removals from forests to do all the heavy lifting. This is where existing work in decarbonising our state sector and industrial processes can really make a difference. We cannot delay delivering and extending these areas.
‘The Commission also emphasises that any lag in policy implementation could significantly impact on our ability to meet Emissions Budgets 2 and 3, so the case to act is more imperative than ever.
‘The Commission‘s analysis also shows that delaying key actions, such as transitioning to electric vehicles, could result in GDP falling by 2.3 per cent in 2050. This makes it crystal clear that the cost of inaction is much more than that of action.
‘When the Commission released its first emissions plan advice in 2021 it concluded there were achievable, affordable and acceptable pathways for Aotearoa to reach net zero by 2050. It is encouraging to note that this is still the case,’ said Shaw.
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