Why NZ is cheating on its emissions from flights, shipping and imported goods

ROSS GIBLIN/STUFF New Zealand and other countries don’t count international aviation and shipping when reporting on emissions reductions. (First published on May 17, 2019) Schoolgirl activist Greta Thunberg blasted the UK for ”very creative carbon accounting” because it doesn’t count emissions from global flights or shipping. And New Zealand is also excluding international aviation and navigation (shipping) from its carbon budgets. Environmental groups say that is breaching the landmark Paris Agreement, signed four years ago. But Climate Minister James Shaw has defended the practice, arguing the emissions are monitored under two separate international agreements. READ MORE:New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are increasingHousehold carbon calculations tell only part of their emissions story’The world’s least unsustainable airline’: Air New Zealand’s climate dilemma Stuff asked the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) for emissions for aviation and shipping. Those units are measured in kilotonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (kt CO2-e). Those from global flights have risen significantly from 1332.9 kt CO2-e in 1990, to 3702.7 kt CO2-e in 2017, the last available figure. International navigation has dropped slightly:  from 1055.9 kt CO2-e to 916.4 kt CO2-e, across the same period. And while those numbers are recorded in New Zealand’s greenhouse gas inventory, they are not reported under its international obligations. “That’s because the Paris Agreement doesn’t include aviation and shipping,” Shaw says…. Read full this story

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