Yes, its climate change week in the policy world, where we talk about climate change till our jaws fall off. I’ll just give you the edited highlights.
Yesturday was the NZ Institute of International Affairs, on the current policy around climate change. So notes:
- Kyoto is the only game in town, its got specific targets and teeth if nations don’t meet them
- No reasonable people are questioning the credibility of the science
- There’s still reasonable people questioning the costs of doing nothing
- No-one knows what anthropogenic means. Let’s all say human-induced.
- China is building three more Huntly’s every month
- Soil can act as a sink of carbon, just like trees, but Kyoto doesn’t count soils, yet.
- Dairing makes for a fifth of our emissions and a fifth of our export earnings
- Fonterra’s rail hub in the Waikato halved their transport emissions by taking forty thousand truck movements off the roads
- Everybody wants “enduring, long-term” policies but no-one agrees on what type of policies
- The industry people all wanted “flexible” government policies and don’t want to be penalised by NZ taking a whiter-than-white approach.
- Industry representatives say that they’re energy efficient already and that they’re using “best practise”.
- I asked about their definition of best practise? Surely they use whatever tech is economcally viable, depending on the energy price and if that price goes up then they’ll invest in better technology? They ummmed and ahhhed…
- Most countries are trying to reduce emissions, even if it costs them economically to do so. And we want to keep trading with those countries…
- Biofuels in NZ are far, far behind Brazil, Germany and Canada. This is one where we can make a difference right now by getting on with it.
- Some degree of climate change is going to happen anyway, so we will have to adapt
- The wine industry is carbon neutral. Let’s all celebrate!
Today and tomorrow, the big climate conference. For people can’t come to that, there’s Wednesday’s: Climate Change night at the Paramount
6.30-10.30 Victoria University and The British Council present an informal and informative night of movies, discussion, food and drinks. Hosted by Radio New Zealand’s Phil Smith and UK climate change expert, David Vaughan. $10 adults / $7 students. Tel 384 4080 for tickets.