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13 April, 2014

IPCC report shows need for global agreement on emissions

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser says the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change emphasises the need for a truly global agreement in 2015 to ensure efforts to cut greenhouse gases (GHG) are effective.

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11 April, 2014

Greenhouse gas reports give confidence on Kyoto target

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser says New Zealand will comfortably meet its Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gas reduction targets following the release of New Zealand’s latest Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Net Position today.

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30 March, 2014

Adaptation crucial in dealing with climate issues

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser welcomes a new Climate Change report from the Intergovernmental Panel that puts a focus on adapting to the impacts of climate change.

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28 February, 2014

More info on carbon units to help decide value

Associate Minister for Primary Industries Jo Goodhew and Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser have today announced changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) which will allow for greater transparency.

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13 December, 2013

Minister welcomes Sixth National Communication on Climate Change

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser has welcomed the publishing of New Zealand’s Sixth National Communication on Climate Change and the associated First Biennial Report.

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6 December, 2013

Decisions on Kyoto Protocol emission units

Acting Minister for Climate Change Issues Simon Bridges today announced decisions to restrict the use of some types of Kyoto Protocol emission units within New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme.

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21 November, 2013

New Zealand’s national statement in Warsaw

I would first like to acknowledge the Government and the people of Poland, and thank them for generously hosting our discussions over these two weeks.

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15 November, 2013

Minister to visit Warsaw for Climate Change Negotiations

Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser departs for Warsaw tomorrow to participate in the annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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28 September, 2013

Climate Change Minister welcomes IPCC report

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser welcomes the release of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) Climate Change 2013 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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10 September, 2013

Minister welcomes international climate change negotiators

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser today welcomed top-level international climate change negotiators who are gathered in Auckland this week for the second New Zealand-hosted informal dialogue on the new United Nations climate change agreement.

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16 August, 2013

New Zealand commits to 2020 climate change target

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser has announced New Zealand has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to five per cent below 1990 levels by 2020.

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1 August, 2013

Government welcomes climate change report

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser today welcomed the report by the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, New Zealand’s Changing Oceans and Climate: the impact of human activity and implications for the future.

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5 July, 2013

Minister to visit Washington and Poland

Minister of Trade and for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser will depart tomorrow for Washington to meet his new US counterpart, United States Trade Representative, Mike Froman.

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13 June, 2013

Address to New Zealand National Fieldays

This arresting phrase – ‘Agriculture: New Zealand’s Silicon Valley’ – is not mine. It is Sir Graeme Harrison’s and I can’t improve on it. Sir Graeme, you will recall, is the founder and Chairman of ANZCO Foods, one of New Zealand’s largest exporters.

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12 April, 2013

New Zealand on track to meet Kyoto commitments

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser today welcomed New Zealand’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Net Position which show we are on track to meet our Kyoto commitments.

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14 January, 2013

Groser to visit Europe

Trade and Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser will depart for Europe today to attend international trade and climate change meetings.

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17 December, 2012

Units lacking environmental integrity to be banned

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser today announced that the Government is banning some international emissions units from New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) due to concerns over their environmental integrity.

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13 December, 2012

NZ to join Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser announced today that New Zealand would join the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

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11 December, 2012

Groser welcomes assurance on access to Kyoto Carbon Markets

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser has welcomed the assurance of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regarding future access to existing Kyoto carbon markets after 1 January 2013.

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9 December, 2012

Doha Climate Conference – Looking to the Long Term

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser and Associate Minister Simon Bridges have been leading the New Zealand delegation at the annual Climate Change Ministerial meeting in Doha, Qatar.

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5 December, 2012

New Zealand National Statement to UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP18)

Mr President, New Zealand remains resolutely committed to playing a constructive role in tackling climate change.

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30 November, 2012

Groser to attend climate talks in Qatar

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser departs tomorrow for the 18th ministerial climate change conference to be held in Doha, Qatar under the UN Convention on Climate Change.

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13 November, 2012

Restrictions proposed on ETS units

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser today announced the Government’s intention to commence consultation on excluding specific types of international Kyoto units from the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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9 November, 2012

New Zealand Commits to UN Framework Convention

The Government has decided that from 1 January 2013 New Zealand will be aligning its climate change efforts with developed and developing countries which collectively are responsible for 85% of global emissions. This includes the United States, Japan, China, India, Canada, Brazil, Russia and many other major economies, Climate Change Minister Tim Groser says.

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8 November, 2012

ETS Amendment Bill passes third reading

Climate Change Issues Minister Tim Groser has welcomed the passage of a Bill that will improve the operation and administration of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), while supporting the Government’s economic growth priorities more effectively.

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17 October, 2012

Government to clarify use of international units in the ETS

Climate Change Minister Tim Groser announced today that the Government is looking to clarify the domestic carry-over provisions in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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14 October, 2012

Groser to visit Indonesia and South Korea for trade and climate change talks

Tim Groser, Trade Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues, departs today for Indonesia and South Korea for trade policy and international climate change discussions.

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17 September, 2012

Groser to visit North America for trade and climate change talks

Trade Minister Tim Groser departs today to the United States and Canada for trade policy and climate change discussions.

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23 August, 2012

Speech to the International Dialogue on the Future Climate Change Agreement

New Zealand is delighted to be hosting this informal dialogue on climate change. We are very pleased that you could all make the long journey to our part of the world. It's great to see some old friends around the table, and to have some fresh faces here for these discussions.

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23 August, 2012

ETS Amendment Bill passes first reading

A Bill to implement the amendments to New Zealand’s Emissions Trade Scheme (ETS) passed its first reading in Parliament today.

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