Greenpeace Executive Director rates Zero Carbon Bill 0 of 10

News 08/05/2019

Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, says The Zero Carbon Amendment Bill has no ability to enforce its climate change targets.

Russel joins Ryan Bridge on Magic Talk Drive to discuss the bill, from his position of Greenpeace Executive Driector and with his experience of having been former co-leader of the Green Party.

The Bill, released today, aims to outline a framework for New Zealand to develop climate change policies that contribute to the effort under the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees by 2050.

Norman says the Bill will have little direct effect because it has specifically written out any mechanism that would hold any person or body to account for not adhering to it.

"What we’ve got here is a reasonably ambitious piece of legislation that’s then had the teeth ripped out of it" he says.

There’s bark, but there’s no bite

"The Bill sends some good signals, until you get to the section at the end that negates everything else you’ve just read. This section states there is no remedy or relief for failure to meet the 2050 target, meaning there’s no legal compulsion for anyone to take any notice.

When asked to what he thought of the bill Russle told Ryan that he would rate it a "zero out of ten."

You can watch the full interview above.