Opposition backs Green Growth report
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:48a.m.
By 3 News online staff and NZN
Opposition parties say the Government must not dismiss the latest investigation into "green growth", whilst scientists have given it a positive, yet cautious response.
Pure Advantage's Green Growth: Opportunities for New Zealand was released on Thursday, described as the "first robust analytical assessment of New Zealand's green growth economic opportunities".
It identifies 21 ways the country can capitalise on a global shift to greener growth, and includes specific recommendations for forestry, electricity, transport, agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
Pure Advantage trust chairman Rob Morrison says the organisation intends to use the macroeconomic report as a basis to establish, in consultation with industry, seven industry-specific green growth programmes.
"We firmly believe on the basis of this significant macroeconomic report that New Zealand has the potential to generate billions of dollars in new high-value economic growth, whilst at the same time improving New Zealand's environmental performance."
Pure Advantage will now seek senior corporate sponsors to build business cases for action, independent of government involvement, in the seven identified areas.
OPPOSITION: REPORT PROVIDES "WIN-WIN" PLAN
Labour said the government should heed the report. Economic development spokesman David Cunliffe said green growth must be an increasingly important part of New Zealand's economic development, despite Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce disparaging Pure Advantage's previous report.
"Low carbon power, transport and building technology could be worth $3 trillion by 2050. These are huge potential export opportunities for New Zealand companies.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman described it as a "smart, win-win economic plan" the Government should be supporting.
"Since taking office, the National government has unfortunately chosen to further exploit the environment for the sake of the economy, leaving both the poorer."
THE EXPERTS RESPOND
Prof Jacqueline Rowarth, professor of AgriBusiness at the University of Waikato, says it would be "economic treason" to ignore the report.
"The main recommendations in the Green Growth report are spot on," she says.
Shaun Hendy of Industrial Research Ltd said the report focused too much on "greening" primary industries like farming, and should have paid more attention to opportunities the technology sector provides.
"These companies measure the value of their products not by weight, but by the knowledge that goes into their manufacture. So while I applaud the maintenance of our clean green brand, as highlighted in this report, I do worry that this is often seen as our sole source of comparative advantage.
"There is clearly opportunity to improve the allocation of water to more valuable and efficient uses, while taking the needs of the environment into account," says Roger Young, freshwater ecologist at the Cawthron Institute.
"However, I am not convinced about the role of water pricing for improving efficiency of use, as suggested in the report."
Economics lecturer Eric Crampton of the University of Canterbury said the report contained "much to like", but was concerned some of the ideas would cost more than they would generate.
"While more energy-efficient buildings would be very nice to have, regulatory mandates in the area often have perverse effects," says Dr Crampton.
"For example, mandates that homes undergoing renovations also be brought up to higher energy efficiency standards can encourage people to avoid renovating their homes."
He also questioned the report's lack of recommendations around hydraulic fracturing.
"Wave and tidal power are worth investigating, but remain rather too uncertain to bank on. Greater use of natural gas powered thermal electricity generation is likely New Zealand's best bet for lower emissions intensity power generation in the absence of substantial breakthroughs in other energy sources."
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18/11/2012 2:13:05 p.m.
Doc and AHB need to stop pouring 1080 poison over our forests and into our waterways if we're going to have any chance of being considered green.
AHB finished pouring 1080 poison over 55,000 hectares of our forest and into streams in Te Urewera in June 2012 - @ 2kg per hectare, that's 110,000 kg of poisoned bait in our environment and food chain - absolute madness.
16/11/2012 11:04:53 a.m.
More Hippy BS
16/11/2012 10:29:13 a.m.
As long as they don't make it too hard for farmers to farm.
15/11/2012 12:04:27 p.m.
In the news a few months back was an article on counter-rotating propulsion which was more efficient than a single propellor. Can similar be applied to wind power to improve wind generation? Tidal generators?Now if we use the same idea and apply it to our hydro, we should be able to get more power from the same water, ie cheaper power.We can also utilise our existing hydro better. Take a Hydro dam with 3 turbines. Typically only 1 is ever in use, and if water levels are high, they water just flows without power generation, wasting potential cheaper power. If we would utilise as many as 2 of the 3 turbines while still keeping 1 backup, we could get more generation from the same dams, and effectively lower power prices some. Yes it would mean a little more wear, but would still allow full maintenence.Hydro dams once built are some of the greenest power generation about, so why dont we use our existing hydro better?
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