OPINION: Emissions leakage risk real

By 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...