Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Report of the Week: New Zealand energy revolution

Greenpeace New Zealand have just launched (video) a visionary new report on a low carbon future for the country.

As you might have expected they launched the report by attacking the nemesis of efficient green power, namely dirty inefficient coal.

Auckland, New Zealand — At the break of dawn this morning the Greenpeace climate rescue team took action against one of the biggest climate polluters in New Zealand - the Huntly coal-fired power station. Greenpeace activists entered the Huntly site at dawn and are now preparing to take action against the plant.

Climate change is real, it's happening now, and it is frightening. New Zealand has largely ignored warnings about climate change for 20 years - we must take action or suffer serious consequences.

As we've seen recently in the Stern Report and IPCC reports it is still possible to avoid the worst effects of climate change but it will require a concerted, international effort, with wealthy countries like New Zealand leading the way in switching to clean, renewable energy sources.

On the back the action at Huntly we have also launched a report called New Zealand Energy Revolution: How to prevent climate chaos. The report is the first ever extensive examination of how New Zealand can restructure its energy system to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the worst effects of climate change.

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