Auckland Seminar

The Next Auckland Seminar


MinterEllisonRuddWatts and the Law & Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ) have the pleasure of inviting you to an evening Auckland seminar by Ed Hearnshaw from the Parliamentary Commission for the Environment, on key findings from their latest report on climate policy – Farms, forests and fossil fuels: The next great landscape transformation?


New Zealand’s climate change targets and policies – an alternative approach


Speaker: Ed Hearnshaw, Parliamentary Commission for the Environment

Location: MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Lumley Centre, 88 Shortland Street, Auckland 1140

Date: Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Time: Light refreshments from 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm seminar start, with an opportunity for further refreshments until 7:30 pm following the conclusion of the discussion and question time at 7:00 pm.

RSVP: Eventbrite link [TBC]


About the Topic:

Ed will discuss the Commission’s latest report on climate policy – Farms, forests and fossil fuels: The next great landscape transformation?  The report explores a different approach to framing New Zealand’s long-term climate change targets and policies, and what that could mean for our landscapes. This alternative approach would be to treat fossil emissions separately from biological emissions and sinks. This could both help to ensure a clear focus on eliminating carbon dioxide emissions and at the same time allow agriculture and forestry to be managed in a way that combines emissions reductions with policies to achieve water, soil and biodiversity objectives.

The report made three recommendations:

  • Develop two separate targets for the second half of the century: a zero gross target for fossil emissions, and a reduction target for biological emissions based on the advice of the new Climate Commission.
  • Allow access to forest sinks as offsets only for biological emissions.
  • Develop the tools needed to manage biological sources and sinks with a landscape approach that embraces water, soil and biodiversity objectives.

As the Government has gone with a different framing of the 2050 target in the Zero Carbon Bill, Ed will comment on some of the potential incentives that such an approach could create.


About the Speaker:

Ed Hearnshaw [TBC]


Queries about the event can be directed to:

Richard Meade,


CPD Hours:

Lawyers may note that if this seminar is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then attendance at this event can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Please contact a LEANZ representative at the event to confirm your attendance.