EDS welcomes National’s support for Climate Commission

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has welcomed National’s commitment to the development of an independent Climate Commission.

“Simon Bridges quite rightly says that it’s vital, with such a long-lived policy challenge to get the right institutional arrangements in place and for them to endure over time,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.

“The Government is currently consulting on the Zero Carbon Bill which will establish the Commission. That is something EDS has been encouraging via expert presentations at its annual Australia – New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference.”

“The building consensus is welcome but not yet complete. There are some big questions still in play: how should adaptation to the effects of climate change be planned and managed? Is the argument that we should divide our greenhouse gases into two categories valid? How do we ensure that the Commission maintains credibility and independence when there is so much at stake?

“Getting a Climate Commission in place to plan the least cost, long-term transition to a net zero economy, is the best way forward” Mr Taylor concluded.

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