Quote of the week from Minister for Climate Change Negotiations Tim Groser:
“We need some international context around this. I mean, with 0.2 percent of emissions, New Zealand just doing something way out there on its own doesn’t make a damn bit of difference,” says Mr Groser.
He says without buy-in from big emitters like the US and China, the talks are just that.
He was responding to criticism of New Zealand’s progress on reducing carbon emissions.
Not only are our emissions tiny on a world scale, most of them come from farm animals and there’s very little we can do about that.
That doesn’t mean farmers and processors aren’t doing what they can. Fonterra intends to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030.
But Mr Ferrier says the ETS is already costing dairy farmers about $3600 per year in increased energy costs.
He says efficiencies can be made without having to pile more costs onto farmers, who have already reduced on-farm emissions by more than 8% since 2003.
All farmers contribute to research on reducing emissions too.
But we’re still and minnow in the sea of emissions and there’s no point criticising us for doing too little when the whales are being left alone .