The latest global report on climate change is "bad news"
for New Zealand, which has far fewer mitigation policies than
other advanced economies, the Green Party say.
But Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand is
doing its fair share to tackle climate change, and its
emissions targets are comparable with many developed
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released
its latest report - which deals with the mitigation of
climate change - last night.
It comes a fortnight after the IPCC released its report on
the impacts of climate change, which painted a bleak picture
of the earth's future unless urgent action was taken.
Greens climate change spokesman Kennedy Graham said the
latest report warned deep and fast emissions cuts were needed
by all countries over the next two decades if the world was
to avert worst-case scenarios.
It was "bad news" for the Government, he said.
"When you compare New Zealand to other advanced developed
economies, we have far fewer mitigation policies, and our
emissions profile is abysmal," Dr Graham said.
"We have to turn this around if we're to play our part in the
global fight against climate change."
Mr Groser said New Zealand was doing its fair share on
climate change, both to restrict its own emissions and
support the global efforts needed to make the cuts that will
The country had made an unconditional commitment to reduce
emissions by 5 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 - a target
that was "comparable with the targets of many other developed
"We are leading international research into reducing
agricultural emissions, which are a significant contributor
to total global emissions," Mr Groser said.
"We are working with other countries in the Asia Pacific on
the development of international carbon markets, and we are
helping vulnerable Pacific neighbours adapt to climate change
and mitigate its impacts, with more than $80 million pledged
over the next three years.
"We are making inroads that will gradually restrict our own
emissions. We are a country with a growing population, yet
the emissions intensity of our economy has decreased by more
than one quarter since 1990."
Mr Groser said the latest IPCC report emphasised the need for
a truly global agreement next year to ensure efforts to cut
greenhouse gases were effective.
"The IPCC report identifies that effective climate change
mitigation requires international co-operation.
"That tells me New Zealand is on the right track in pressing
for a binding international agreement on emissions beyond
2020 that is genuinely global in its scope and flexible,
catering for countries' individual circumstances and allowing
them to play to their strengths."