Farming leaders welcome climate change panel

Rural Exchange 21/04/2018

A new climate change group has been immediately tasked with working out how New Zealand farmers can pay for their climate pollution.

The highly controversial decision about whether the agricultural industry will be charged for its greenhouse gases could fall close to the next election.

Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced the members of a new Interim Climate Change Committee this week.

The committee is the forerunner of the powerful Climate Change Commission (CCC), which will be tasked with setting strict carbon emission limits to help New Zealand reach a zero carbon economy by 2050.

Mr Shaw told Rural Exchange that there has been a presumption that agriculture would be a part of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) since 2002, and this committee has been tasked with looking at why this hasn't happened.

The CCC has received several different briefings on the matter, which Mr Shaw said "happen to be completely contradictory".

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) frankly hasn't worked.

Since New Zealand has had the ETS, more forests have been cut down than planted, and emissions have gone up, so a substantial overhaul of the scheme will happen later this year.

Mr Shaw says a lot of feedback is coming in from the rural community that will help complete this overhaul in the best way possible.

Watch the full interview with James Shaw above.

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