James Shaw defends emissions deal with agriculture industry

Leah Panapa 24/10/2019

In July, an Interim Climate Change Committee recommended that farmers and growers should enter the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

In a surprise move, the Government has instead announced what it describes as a "world-first partnership to reduce primary sector emissions in one of the most significant developments on climate action in New Zealand's history".

Under the partnership, farmers and growers would be able to calculate their emissions and offsets at the farm gate by 2025, instead of joining the ETS.

However, if progress isn't being made by 2022, the Government can bring the sector into the ETS at processor level before 2025.

The deal has been described by Greenpeace and climate activists as "a major sellout".

Climate Change Minister and leader of the Green Party joins Magic Talk Drive to explain how the deal works and why he supported it.

You can watch the full interview above.