Directing Mitigation Policy and Action for Results

Published: 2017

Authors: Catherine Leining, David Fleming, Suzi Kerr

This roundtable is convened by Motu in collaboration with the New Zealand Productivity Commission, the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Environmental Defence Society.

This roundtable is convened by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in collaboration with the New Zealand Productivity Commission, the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, and the Environmental Defence Society.

This is the culmination of a series of roundtables bringing together diverse experts from New Zealand and overseas to shed new light on particularly thorny questions for New Zealand’s low-emission transition. This roundtable will focus on the design of an effective climate change policy package for New Zealand.

The roundtable will begin with keynote addresses by Cameron Hepburn, Oxford University, and Jason Gray, California Air Resources Board, by video conference. From there, Murray Sherwin of the Productivity Commission will give a presentation on the draft report from its inquiry on Opportunities and Challenges of a Transition to a Lower Net Emissions Economy for New Zealand. Following comments by Motu, distinguished panellists and other participants will look at the following thorny questions:

  1. How can New Zealand position itself to be a fast adopter of international innovation?
  2. Where and how can we better align climate change and other policies to meet New Zealand’s targets?
  3. Where is New Zealand vulnerable to factors that could derail our low-emission transition?
  4. What will drive consumer change, and what can we learn from other areas?
  5. How should the groups least able to adjust be assisted?

Participation in this roundtable is open to all and will include experts and decision makers from government, business, research, and civil society organisations. Tea and coffee will be available from 8:00 am, and the programme will start promptly at 8:30 am. There is no charge to attend. Seating is limited and participants are asked to register in advance by 5pm on 10 April 2018 using this link.


What:    eMission Possible Roundtable: Directing Mitigation Policy and Action for Results

When:   8:00am-12:30pm, 13 April 2018

Where:  Te Auaha, 65 Dixon Street, Wellington 

RSVP:    to e-mission@confer.co.nz


Draft Agenda

8:00 - 8:30  Coffee and registration

8:30 – 8:45  Formal mihi and welcome by the project partners. 

8:45 – 9:15  Keynote address: Cameron Hepburn, Oxford University (by video conference)

9:15 – 9:45  Keynote address: Jason Gray, California Air Resources Board (TBC)

9:45 – 10:15 Productivity Commission: Report on findings by Murray Sherwin, Commissioner

10:15 - 10:30 Commentary by Motu

10:30 – 11:00 Morning tea

11:00 - 11:30 Panel response to questions:

  1. How can New Zealand position itself to be a fast adopter of international innovation?
  2. Where and how can we better align climate change and other policies to meet New Zealand’s targets?
  3. Where is New Zealand vulnerable to factors that could derail our low-emission transition?
  4. What will drive consumer change, and what can we learn from other areas?
  5. How should the groups least able to adjust be assisted?

11:30 – 12:30 Discussion with the audience and panelists

12:30 – 1:00 Closing remarks

Funders

Aotearoa Foundation, Ministry for the Environment, Productivity Commission of New Zealand, British High Commission, The Treasury