Media Release - Straterra, the industry association representing the New Zealand minerals sector, has welcomed the Productivity Commissions’ draft report on transitioning to a low emissions economy.
Straterra, New Zealand’s minerals sector industry organisation, has welcomed Energy Minister Megan Woods comment on TVNZ’s Q and A on Sunday that the government has no plans to end coal mining in New Zealand, particularly in light of government’s recent decision to ban all offshore exploration for oil and gas which sent shock waves through the business community.
New Zealand’s exports and energy security will be compromised by the government’s decision to stop issuing permits for offshore drilling, according to minerals sector industry association, Straterra.
Straterra welcomes the decision from the West Coast Regional Council and the Buller District Council to grant Stevenson Mining a resource consent for the Te Kuha coal mine.
Straterra is pleased that the Environmental Protection Authority has granted Trans-Tasman Resources marine consent for its offshore ironsand mining proposal.
Climate change and the Paris Agreement place coal - and all fossil fuels - on centre stage.
How do we respond? What do we do globally and in New Zealand, to reduce emissions? Straterra does not claim to have all the answers, but we know good information is essential to good policy, and we hope this resource will contribute to NZ’s policy response. We launched the resource at the AusIMM NZ Branch conference last month and will continue to work on the content.
Let’s add “mining” to New Zealand’s “Pure Advantage”. Minerals are essential to sustainable cities, low-emissions transport, healthy homes, renewable electricity generation, ICT and e-connectedness, and other smart and green technologies, in New Zealand and overseas.