Productivity report big on forestry
Wednesday 5 Sep 2018
The Commission found that early action on key policy reforms is needed if New Zealand is to achieve its emissions reduction goals. Chair of the Productivity Commission, Murray Sherwin said that “The period to 2050 will pass quickly. Delaying action is likely to make the transition costlier and more abrupt and limit viable and cost-effective mitigation options in the future.”
Amongst the numerous changes that will be required across the economy – some disruptive, some less obvious – three particular shifts must happen for New Zealand to achieve its low-emissions goals:
These needed changes are unlikely to happen at the scale and pace required unless the Government prioritises action to:
The report also recommends a suite of other policy reforms to help drive the transition. These include introducing emissions standards for newly registered vehicles, a feebate scheme to accelerate the uptake of EVs, and mandatory climate-related financial disclosures.
Murray Sherwin notes that “Innovation is at the heart of a transition to a low-emissions economy. Innovation is also the key to high productivity, high incomes and wellbeing, and high environmental performance – all of which New Zealand has struggled with in recent decades. Done well, the transition to low emissions can be the catalyst to lift our overall economic, social and environmental outcomes.
He added, “Firm and steady political leadership, including broad agreement across the political spectrum on both the need, and the means, to make the transition is required. New Zealand’s total emissions may be small in the global context, but all nations, however small, are contributors to the climate change problem and therefore must be contributors to the solution.”
“In our draft report, we noted that the transition would be challenging but achievable. Having now completed our work, we continue to hold that view.”
The Productivity Commission’s final report makes 173 findings and 78 recommendations to Government.
Download the Final Report and Summary Documents here
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