Media Release: EDS submission on ETS reforms questions integrity of agricultural sector’s commitments

21 Jan

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has lodged its submission on amendments proposed to the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reforms) Amendment Bill; specifically those that seek to give effect to aspects of the Primary Sector’s Climate Change Commitment He Waka Eke Noa (and as set out in SOP 413).  EDS is concerned that while other sectors are subject to surrender obligations and required to reduce their emission profiles, neither He…

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20 Jan

The Environment’s Big Five for 2020

This article appeared in the NZ Herald on Monday 20 January 2020. There are 5 big environmental issues that the Government needs to deliver on during 2020. First, making good on the freshwater reform promises: stop further degradation, reverse past damage and fix allocation problems (for both nutrient discharges and water takes). Measures to achieve these are being strongly resisted by the agriculture sector and we can expect greater pressure…

Job Opportunity: Environmental Policy Researcher Read full post…
19 Dec

Job Opportunity: Environmental Policy Researcher

EDS is looking for a junior researcher to help with our Oceans and other work. This is likely to be a recent graduate in law and science with excellent grades and references. For more information please see the attached job description & submission details. Applications close on Friday 31 January 2020.

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18 Dec

Media Release: EDS report shoots down DairyNZ conclusions re freshwater reform costs

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has released a memorandum from respected University of Auckland economist Professor Tim Hazledine, which analyses the economic modelling commissioned by DairyNZ. He concludes that DairyNZ has misinterpreted its own economic modelling and misrepresented the impact of the freshwater reforms. “We were concerned that DairyNZ had not accurately described what the modelling it commissioned said, and that it was putting a self-serving spin on the data,”…

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11 Dec

Media release: EDS proposes transformational Resource Management Reform

ELECTRONIC AND HARD COPIES OF THE REPORT ARE NOW AVAIALBLE VIA THE EDS WEBSITE. SEE OUR BOOKSHOP AND THE PROJECT PAGE FOR DETAILS. The Minister for the Environment, Hon David Parker, has this evening launched EDS’s final report on its Resource Management Law Reform Project at a function in Wellington. The project took a first-principles look at how New Zealand’s resource management system could be improved. The earlier phase of…

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26 Nov

Media Release: EDS welcomes Discussion Document on a proposed NPS on Indigenous Biodiversity

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) welcomes the release of He Kura Koiora I hokia: A discussion document on a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB). “New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity is facing a crisis. If we fail to halt the decline our native plants and animals will face further extinctions,” says EDS CEO Gary Taylor. “The NPS-IB seeks to address this crisis by providing national direction on how to…