NZ 'far from doing its fair share' on climate change - agencies
The government’s new emissions reduction target amounts to little more than creative accounting, a group of climate change agencies say. Analysis undertaken by four NGOs indicates the self-set target is inadequate and “far from doing its fair share” on the global stage.
“While most other governments intend cutting emissions, New Zealand appears to be increasing emissions, and hiding this through creative accounting,” Climate Analytics chief executive Bill Hare said.
“It may not have to take any action at all to meet either its 2020 or 2030 targets.”
The Climate Action Tracker analysis, undertaken by four European research organisations, reveals if most countries followed New Zealand’s lead global warming would exceed 3-4C – double the international goal of temperatures rising no more than 2C.