A sharp rise in in agricultural emissions shows the National Party’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) must go and a meaningful carbon price be applied to the sector.
According to new Environmental Protection Authority data, agriculture’s greenhouse gas output rose 7 percent last year.
We cannot continue to ignore such a large and growing contributor to New Zealand’s emissions. The lack of a proper price signal in the sector means tens of thousands of hectares of forestry land are still being converted to dairy and emissions continue to climb.
This is exactly the wrong direction for emissions to be heading in. As climate change begins to bite, every sector should be brought in under a robust, transparent carbon pricing scheme.
We announced in June we’ll scrap the ETS and introduce a fair and transparent carbon tax, the revenue from which will all be returned to households and businesses in the form of tax cuts.
The tax would apply to emissions in the dairy sector, but at a reduced rate.
Agricultural emissions have more than doubled since 1990.We cannot keep using dairy as an excuse for inaction.
Every country faces a different and difficult set of circumstances when it comes to reducing carbon from their economies.
Precisely because we have unique challenges, we need to get on with it. It’s all the more reason not to delay.
The emissions trading scheme has failed. It was designed to incentivise emission reductions, investment in clean technology, and the planting of trees. It has done none of these things and it is costing ordinary New Zealanders.
National may be happy to ignore agriculture’s contribution to climate change but the Green Party is not.
We are the only political party offering voters a win-win plan this election that will protect our climate, achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and leave Kiwi families better off.