Monday, June 11, 2012

New Zealand's "green growth"

Business bosses call for green growth
11/06/2012 - New Zealand needs to pull its environmental socks up and promote "green growth", says a group of influential business leaders.

Pure Advantage, a not-for-profit entity whose backers include Air New Zealand boss Rob Fyfe, Villa Maria founder George Fistonich and former General Motors chief financial officer Chris Liddell, has released a paper saying New Zealand should be leading the global race to generate economic growth out of green technologies, but isn't.

The report, New Zealand's Position in the Green Race, says the country urgently needs to improve its environmental record and protect its image. "There is very little co-ordinated planning in New Zealand around what green growth represents and what it could potentially mean for the country," chairman Rob Morrison said.

The report offers a litany of New Zealand's mediocre environmental credentials. We have slipped from first to 14th on the Yale University Environmental Performance Index. Our per capita carbon emissions are the fifth worst in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and will overtake those of the US on a per capita basis in less than eight years. read more>>>

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