James Shaw on how New Zealand is tracking for environment goals

Rural Exchange 01/12/2018

Climate Change Minister James Shaw will soon join thousands at the annual COP24 climate change summit in Poland, where  world leaders will discuss commitments for the Paris Agreement.

Mr Shaw tells RadioLIVE that while New Zealand emissions are still rising, it’s respected globally for its ambitious goals.

But despite rising emissions, Mr Shaw says there have been areas where New Zealand has seen progress.

"Our energy requirements have remained almost flat," Mr Shaw told RadioLIVE. "And that’s a sign of increasing energy effectiveness and productivity."

Methane emissions per unit of production have been decreasing around 1 percent each year, says Mr Shaw.

The Minister attributes this success due to better technology, on-farm practices, and overall increased efficiency.

Carbon dioxide is "much more of a problem", Mr Shaw explains, because of its significantly longer lifespan in the atmosphere.

Mr Shaw says that converting New Zealand’s car to electric vehicles will be one of his top priorities over the next five years. 

Watch the full interview with James Shaw above.

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