New 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target far weaker than 2020 goal: climate change expert

Tue, 07 Jul 2015

By Fiona Rotherham July 7 (BusinessDesk) - The government’s new target to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 is far weaker than the previous 2020 target, according to Massey University climate change expert Professor Ralph Sims. Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser said the new climate change target is a significant increase on the current target of 5 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2020, equating to an 11 percent drop below 1990 emission levels by 2030. But Sims said 2005 was...

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