Source: The Dominion Post, 18 April 2018
Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced the members of
a climate change committee and asked them to look at how to reduce
The interim committee is chaired by
David Prentice and features former Parliamentary Commissioner for
the Environment Jan Wright.
The interim group will be replaced when
an independent Climate Change Commission takes over in May of 2019,
when Shaw hopes to pass a Zero Carbon Act, with an amendment at
select committee to deal with agriculture.
Both groups will be working towards the
same long-term goal: getting New Zealand down to netzero emissions
by 2050, with 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by
The terms of reference specifically asks
for advice about how to get agriculture into the Emissions Trading
''It's always been a presumption that
agriculture would come into the ETS when the conditions were
right,'' Shaw said.
Wright and Prentice are joined by deputy
chairwoman Lisa Tumahai, of Nga¯ i Tahu, researcher Harry Clark,
former Meridian Energy chief executive Keith Turner, and Motu
senior fellow Suzi Kerr.
National's climate change spokesman,
Todd Muller, said he supported the committee and its members but
not the Government in immediately asking the new group to look at
agriculture, when the science to reduce emissions from cattle was
''It is incredibly difficult to be able
to find a solution for ruminant emissions,'' Muller said.