Media Releases

The Environment a Significant Casualty Under TPPA

Close scrutiny of the final TPPA text reveals that its impact on the environment is even worse than had been expected from leaked drafts. A new paper, prepared by …
21 January 2016|Topics: ,

Government’s Move Keeps New GMOs Regulated

The government’s decision to keep all new techniques for engineering genes under regulation is welcomed by the Sustainability Council. Last year, the Council won a High Court ruling that …
1 November 2015|Topics: , ,

High Court Prevents Developers From Bypassing GM Laws

The High Court has quashed a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) that would have allowed developers of genetically modified crops to bypass New Zealand’s GM laws. The Court …
22 May 2014|Topics: , ,

Budgeting for Use of Carbon is Key to Cutting Emissions

Seriously tackling New Zealand’s emissions requires the use of carbon to be budgeted for in the same way the nation budgets for government spending. Without new action, New Zealand’s gross …
14 April 2014|Topics:

Open Letter to the Employers and Manufacturers Association

Kim Campbell Chief Executive Employers and Manufacturers Association   Dear Kim This open letter is in response to your media statement of 5 February criticising the Sustainability Council’s analysis of a Peterson …
5 February 2014|Topics:

TPP’s Benefits Less Than a Quarter of Government’s Claim

The TPP’s economic benefits are less than a quarter of those the government has claimed – and the proposed trade deal would impose serious costs. The government has repeatedly used …
5 February 2014|Topics:

Environment is one of the TPP’s Biggest Casualties

Wikileaks’ latest disclosure of Trans Pacific Partnership documents underscores how weak the environmental measures are, and that the environment is a major casualty under the agreement. The leaked environment chapter …
16 January 2014|Topics:

33% Gap Between Emissions Target and Performance

There is a 33% gap between the government’s new climate change target and New Zealand’s expected performance, all up.  The overshoot is greater than previously expected as projected emissions …
22 October 2013|Topics: ,

Dow Excluded from Precedent Setting Case on GM Law

The High Court has ruled that US multinational Dow cannot intervene in a precedent setting court case concerning whether a new plant breeding technique is covered under New Zealand’s …
10 October 2013|Topics: , , ,