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Report on emissions trading scheme review released

Monday 31 Aug 2009 4:00 p.m.

Committee chair Peter Dunne

Committee chair Peter Dunne

The Government has released a report reviewing the emissions trading scheme set up by the Labour government last year.

The scheme was put on hold by National when it came to power and an emissions trading scheme (ETS) select committee was set up to review it.

Committee chair Peter Dunne today described the resulting report as a "middle road" through some "complex and contentious" material.

Mr Dunne said there was a huge range of opinion to consider from a broad spectrum of submitters.

"I think the report advances and clarifies the thinking around issues such as what New Zealand's response to climate change should be; whether an emissions trading scheme is a better approach than a carbon tax; the point of entry of various sectors into the ETS; and the need for ongoing monitoring and research", Mr Dunne said.

The report gave the Government the mandate it needed to move forward, he said.

There were also four reports from minority parties, which gave an indication of the political differences and complexity of issues faced.

"My objective throughout was to find the common ground between the parties," Mr Dunne said.

The committee had "achieved some clarity and a platform for the Government's next steps.

NZPA

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