Regardless of whether Trump’s America disregards the hazards of Global Warming, walking out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Auckland based TCC(NZ) reaffirms how New Zealand stands by the terms of the historic concord along with the rest of the world.
While the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) New Zealand endeavors to protect the environment and the people from hazardous substances under the aegis of Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act and Rules framed under the same, the Paris Agreement does it on a much bigger scale, covering the entire inhabitants of our lonely planet.
NZ reacts to the terms of the Paris Agreement
New Zealand is committed to combating climate change. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) conducts the country’s international negotiations as it helps finding ways to respond to climate change and its effects. What’s more, it leads the country’s team of negotiators who meet with counterparts from other countries to negotiate the climate change agreement as also how best to implement the following issues:
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- Kyoto Protocol
- Rules and regulations pertaining to the Paris Agreement
The negotiating team, incidentally, is made up of experts from the FMAT, as well as from:
- The Ministry for Environment
- The Ministry of Primary Industries
- The Treasury
- Sundry other governmental agencies
However, NZ climate change approach must ‘transcend government’
Concerns have emerged that New Zealand may not meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement if a law on emissions is not enacted soon.
This is the view of New Zealand’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, which was revealed in her final report ‘Stepping stones to Paris and beyond: Climate change, progress, and predictability’ released this week (July 30, 2017).
“There is no direct link between New Zealand climate policy and reaching the Paris target,” she says.
“My chief concern in this report is not the level of our targets, but the lack of a process for achieving them.”
Dr Wright therefore believes the government should take a note out of the UK’s book and implement a climate change act which puts emissions targets in legislation and sets up a process for reaching them.This is because between 1990 and 2015 New Zealand’s emissions have risen by 64 per cent, while the UK’s have fallen by 38 per cent in the same period.
Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, New Zealand’s emissions should be 11 per cent below those of 1990 levels by 2030.
How the EPA protects people from hazardous substances
New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) protects people and the environment. In achieving our mission, we realize the need to consider New Zealand’s ability to develop economically, culturally and socially.
“We do this by delivering robust, objective decisions on environmental matters, and ensuring compliance with rules. We actively work with others to achieve good outcomes and recognize the unique relationship of Māori to the environment in our decision making. EPA administers applications for major infrastructure projects of national significance, and regulates new organisms (plants, animals, GM organisms) and hazardous substances and chemicals.”
“We also administer the Emissions Trading Scheme and New Zealand Emission Unit Register. We have responsibilities in relation to the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf.”
While the EPA in New Zealand looks after the problem of protecting the people and the environment against hazardous substances in a localized format, the Paris Agreement for Climate Control does something more on an international level. The results obviously are more practicable for the former, those for the latter depend on sundry factors, often unreachable due to circumstantial problems.