Our environment is a valuable resource that must be protected. It’s a big part of our quality of life and central to our international reputation, primary sector, growing tourism market, and wider economy.
National believes sensible management of our resources can go hand-in-hand with faster economic growth and job creation. A stronger economy can better provide the means to restore, maintain, and enhance our environment.
We will introduce new environmental reporting systems, pass legislation to protect our Exclusive Economic Zone, and clean up nationally-significant lakes and rivers.
We will also continue to make sure New Zealand does its fair share on climate change with policies that carefully balance the costs to households and businesses with the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
That's why we intend to slow the phasing in of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) - as recommended by the Review Panel - from 2013 to 2015, at which point we will look to align our scheme with that in Australia.