Infrastructure

OPINION: Emissions leakage risk real

Gavin Evans
Fri, 07 Feb 2020

Gavin Evans
Fri, 07 Feb 2020
Twenty years ago, New Zealand made virtually all its cement at two local plants. Now there’s only one – Golden Bay near Whangarei – and that’s meeting about 60 percent of our needs.The balance is imported – mostly from Japan - with a carbon content estimated by Golden Bay to be about 20 percent higher than the locally-made product.Twenty years sounds a lot but the big change came in 2016, when Holcim shut its aged plant near Westport, having replaced it with import terminals in Auckland and Timaru.That should be a reminder to Parliament’s envir...

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