Cli­mate team take on cows

The Dominion Post - - Politics - HENRY COOKE

Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter James Shaw has an­nounced the mem­bers of a cli­mate change com­mit­tee and asked them to look at how to re­duce agri­cul­tural emis­sions.

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 2035.

The terms of ref­er­ence specif­i­cally asks for ad­vice about how to get agri­cul­ture into the Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme [ETS].

‘‘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 not ready.

‘‘It is in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to be able to find a so­lu­tion for ru­mi­nant emis­sions,’’ Muller said.

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