‘Just transition’ pathway to a low emission economy

Minister of Energy and Resources Dr Megan Woods is labelling a summit a ‘just transition’ to a low emission economy. Just for who?

She thinks a Summit will “spark vital conversation”. Who comes up with this language?

In comparison to this Simon Bridges sounds like an ordinary Kiwi.

Just Transition Summit to spark vital conversation

The inaugural Just Transition Summit to be held in Taranaki in May will be a chance for businesses, workers, Māori, youth and communities to have their say on New Zealand’s pathway to a low emissions economy, Minister of Energy and Resources Dr Megan Woods and New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom say.

Registrations for the Summit, which features high profile international speakers and will be held at TSB Stadium in New Plymouth on 9-10 May 2019, are open now.

“A successful and prosperous transition to a low emissions economy will take time and require a collaborative effort from all New Zealanders,” Megan Woods says.

“Achieving a just transition – one that is fair, equitable and inclusive ­– is a government priority. It will be an ongoing and evolving process and we all have an important role to play in working towards it together.

“The Summit will be an opportunity to progress the co-creation process and continue the conversation about what a just transition to a low emissions economy is and what it looks like for New Zealand. The government is already working with the Taranaki region on this and the Summit is an opportunity to showcase this important work.”

To successfully transition to a low emissions economy, we’re going to need a level of planning, investment and collaboration between Central Government and industry not seen since the Think Big era, says Neil Holdom, the Mayor of the New Plymouth District.

“Taranaki is at the forefront of the Just Transition, and it’s entirely appropriate to be kicking off these conversations here in our region, showcasing the work we’ve already got underway through our economic development strategy Tapuae Roa and the subsequent focus on retention of high value employment and wealth creation opportunities within the region.

“When we talk about a Just Transition, we’re talking about a fundamental change in the way we power our economy. Taranaki is the perfect region to lead from the front, given our decades of history with the energy sector and the knowledge, skills and expertise we’ve developed,” says Neil Holdom.

The Summit programme features exciting local and international speakers and has been designed to provide practical information and inspiration that attendees can use to start making their own changes as we move towards a low carbon future. It will be highly interactive with panel discussions and workshops, and opportunities for all parties to contribute their own input and ideas.

“I am really pleased with the programme and the calibre of speakers we have confirmed so far, who will be able to provide insights and information from a range of perspectives,” Megan Woods says.

“We’ll be making more announcements about other speakers soon.”

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Midnight Oil musician, environmentalist and former Australian Minister for the Environment Peter Garrett;
  • Doughnut Economics author Kate Raworth, who will speak about the economics of climate change;
  • sustainability, business and innovation expert Peter Bryant who will look at how technology can help us solve the emissions challenge; and
  • Director of the Brussels-based Just Transition Centre Samantha Smith, who will discuss the future of work and how businesses are changing the models to meet sustainability challenges.

Megan Woods says Taranaki is a natural fit for the Summit.

“Taranaki has already started work on its own transition roadmap and will be in a good position to share their progress and insights with us. The region is leading the way and their work will provide valuable ideas other regions and sectors can adapt to address their own challenges.”

Visit justtransitionsummit.nz for more information on the programme and to register. 

What: Just Transition Summit – a chance to help shape our pathway to a low emissions economy

When: 9-10 May 2019

Where: TSB Stadium in New Plymouth

Who: Businesses, workers, Māori, youth and communities are invited to join with the Government for this exciting two-day event.

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  1. Ray

     /  1st March 2019

    Taranaki, just about the most expensive place in NZ to get to, I know this as it is where my wife’s family reside.
    I also note, with absolutely no surprise, that James Shaw leader of the Greens has managed to rack up the maximum air miles of any Minister.
    Have these people never heard of video or online conferencing ?
    Same old story, “do as we say not as we do”.

    • Blazer

       /  1st March 2019

      Ray, I say Ray combine the expenditure of the top 2 Col ministers on travel and it won’t match what Mr Bridges spent swanning around in a Limo to ‘meet the people’.

      Direct your suggestions to him….mind you he has been caricatured by his advisors so,that’s a step in the…right direction.😊

      • Ray

         /  1st March 2019

        A couple of points Blaze, the leader of the opposition has to pay (or rather is billed ) considerable more to use a Crown car than Ministers of the Crown.
        Air miles really rack up carbon dioxide pollution compared with car miles.
        This is the Leader if the Greens who with his supporters is always hassling us about pollutions, and climate warming but do the opposite himself.

        • Blazer

           /  1st March 2019

          Mr Bridges is….’flying’!🐱‍🏍

        • Duker

           /  1st March 2019

          No he isn’t billed more as leader of the opposition
          Any crown limo that does a tour of provinces is billed more for driver accomodations etc.
          Planes are more fuel efficient than heavy German cars because they carry 50 passengers plus on flights to provincial cities using turbo props

    • Gezza

       /  1st March 2019

      4.5 – 5 hours drive from North Welly, depending on whether you want to have a stretch and a lunch break at Virginia lake or somewhere else on the way.

      Expensive to fly to though.

      Also if you’re driving there you’ll end up hating fonterra milk tankers or the no passing roads and probably both.

      • Gezza

         /  1st March 2019

        * That’s a trip to New Plymouth. The longer coastal road trip’s worth doing every now and then.

  2. Finbaar Rustle

     /  1st March 2019

    Euphemisms are us 🙂
    Low emissions economy
    Take time
    High value
    Wealth creation
    Fundamental change power our economy.
    Exciting speakers practical information inspiration attendees highly interactive
    Panel discussions workshops opportunities input ideas.

  3. Finbaar Rustle

     /  1st March 2019

    1975 it was think big
    45 years later it is think small.

    • Mother

       /  1st March 2019

      Oh give it a break.
      Peter George, if you do not do something about this creep on YourNZ, you will never see my comments again. You will be guilty of destroying free speech for Kiwis. I need you to either –

      – confirm to me privately that he is not involved with PCANZ, or
      – get rid of him (Finbaar Rustle) and if so, make a public announcement that he is gone.

      I can no longer cope with this harassment, or my own vain imaginations, whichever the case may be. It is hurting my family, and that hurts community. Which part of that do people not understand?!
      Your choice PG.

      God bless you.

  4. Pink David

     /  1st March 2019

    “To successfully transition to a low emissions economy, we’re going to need a level of planning, investment and collaboration between Central Government and industry not seen since the Think Big era, says Neil Holdom, the Mayor of the New Plymouth District.”

    How many engineers who understand energy generation will be attending?

    • Griff.

       /  1st March 2019

      Hopefully fuck all .
      If they are anything like those energy generation experts who write dribble for the IEA .

      • High Flying Duck

         /  1st March 2019

        Read this today. Points to a grim future for renewables.Thoughts?


        • Gezza

           /  1st March 2019

          TC posted a youtube video a while back arguing the same thing and showing the evidence. I think the case is made if you live in a country where you don’t have other options than wind and solar – unreliable renewables.

        • Griff.

           /  1st March 2019

          Yip I live here in NZ.
          We are already 90% renewable generation.
          I have not noticed any problem with reliability have you?

          And by the way nuclear is dead…It costs way to much, there is as yet no way to solve the waste problem and it is commercially uninsurable for a reason.
          Your pro nuclear lobbyist is not what I would call unbiased.
          Nuclear is never going to happen here in NZ .

          • High Flying Duck

             /  2nd March 2019

            NZ still requires that last 10% to be fossil-fueled, and power companies have said it is nigh on impossible to bridge that gap with renewable sources. We are also in a unique environment that is not replicable anywhere else.
            The article writer was anti-nuclear and managed to talk Obama into investing $150b in renewables. It was the results of that investment compared with the success of nuclear elsewhere that changed his mind.
            I can’t see anything that has him beholden to any industry lobby groups.
            I’ve heard NZ would struggle with nuclear (once more due to the unique features that enable renewables to provide the majority of our power).
            But it seems to be the forgotten solution for many other nations.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  1st March 2019

    I can’t see how it affects one race more than another.

    Will the family down the road be affected half as much and be able to speak for half as long at this ?

  6. unitedtribes2

     /  1st March 2019

    Opening speaker should remind all
    that the planet has higher temperatures for 97% of its past
    that the planet has had much higher C02 levels for 98% of its past
    Were still OK


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