Climate First

The pathway to a post-carbon world

New Zealand's Methane

problem and its false

representation

 

Monday 14th May 2018

One of the recommendations from the Productivity Commission's recently released draft paper, The Low-emissions Economy, was the two-basket approach.to accounting for methane..more

New Zealand- our deceptive Paris target

Although new Zealand's Paris Climate Agreement target of "30% below 2005 by 2030", sounds very similar to those of Australia, USA, Canada and the EU, it is in fact far worse and less ambitious...more

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Ten steps to a Post-Carbon World


  1. New Zealand to be a model country to inspire the world, reducing its emissions to zero by 2035 and negative 11.2 Mtns in 2038.
  2. New Zealand to follow a prescribed reduction path, cutting emissions by 2.75 million tonnes of CO2e gross year on year.
  3. This will be incentivised by a carbon tax of $100 a tonne on all emissions.
  4. The reduction burden is to be shared equally by each economic sector in proportion to its current emissions.
  5. Local Councils and Citizens will be encouraged to achieve community and individual carbon footprints no greater than the present world average per-person footprint.
  6. Population to remain static.
  7. Reforestation to be increased on publicly-owned land by 20,000 hectares each year until 2035.
  8. A Universal Citizen’s Income of $2,000 will be introduced for every person 18+, received on top of any current benefit and mainly funded by a progressive property tax, gradually increasing from an initial 0.6% up to 0.8%, the level which would be financially neutral for two people living in the NZ median-value house.
  9. The UCI will later increase further, funded by a capital gains tax and a progressive wealth tax on other assets such as stocks and bonds. The UCI will only be earned by those citizens who vote in national elections, and who complete National Forest Service within a reasonable time.
  10. A wellbeing index, such as the Canadian GPI, will be introduced alongside GDP as a measure of the economic and social health of New Zealand.