New Zealand is lagging behind the Cook Islands in ratifying the Paris Agreement on Climate Change but now the island state has surprised the world and cut its carbon emissions, says Labour’s spokesperson on Pacific Climate Change Su’a William Sio.
“Last weekend the Cook Islands joined China and the United States in ratifying the agreement which will limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees. New Zealand is still working on it.
“But what will really surprise New Zealanders is that the Cooks managed to cut their carbon emissions by 3,000 tonnes since 2010. This is something that China, the United States , Australia and New Zealand have failed to do.
“In contrast New Zealand’s gross emissions rose by more than 71 million tonnes in 2010 to 81 million tonnes now.
“In spite of Paula Bennett’s rhetoric on Paris there is still no concrete plan to reduce emissions.
“The Cooks to their credit have set an ambitious target of converting to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2020.
“This is inspiring for a country that has a minute impact on global carbon emissions but clearly believes you still have to walk the talk when it comes to climate change,” says Su’a William Sio.