Climate Change Policy: Actions and Barriers in New Zealand

By G. D. Kelly.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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The success of global negotiations in structuring a new broadly based agreement towards greenhouse emission reduction will be much influenced by the extent to which developed countries have met their commitments under the current Kyoto agreement. It is apparent however that many developed countries have failed to reduce their emissions, and it is important to understand why this has been so. The paper examines the case of one such developed country, New Zealand, and the factors which have helped shape its climate policy implementation. While New Zealand’s emissions have risen, few substantive steps have been taken to counter them in order to meet Kyoto commitments. Barriers to effective policy action are shown to have been both political and economic, with the latter being reflective of issues in developing countries also.

Keywords: Climate Change, Greenhouse, Policy, Agriculture, Economy, New Zealand

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.277-290. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 666.882KB).

Dr. G. D. Kelly

Lecturer, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia

I lecture in the graduate Business School of the University of Wollongong, in Economics. My research interests include the economic, political and other influences on climate policy formulation and implementation, in particular among those developed countries which have made commitments for emission reduction under the Kyoto Protocol. It is these factors which I believe are the principal determinants of success or otherwise in the conclusion of a successor to, or extension of, that Protocol - and hence of the likelihood of effective international action on climate change.

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