New Conservative rejects the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which imposes significant taxes and costs on everyday New Zealanders whilst not achieving or improving environmental outcomes.
New Conservative believes that a better way to reduce emissions is to set achievable targets and then supply funds to research institutes and universities to find emission solutions that help industries meet their targets whilst still remaining in business. Examples can be regenerative farming and soil health vs increased nitrate application.
New Conservative believes that our focus should be on the real issues in our own environment, being concerned for, and driven by our own desire for a clean green New Zealand, knowing that by doing that we are already contributing to a cleaner world. We do not need convoluted international agreements to achieve this.
We would pull out of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris 2015 Agreement which is costing us billions of dollars.
While we wholeheartedly agree that the world needs to work together to preserve our environment in the best possible way, we do not believe that paying billions of dollars to third-world countries will achieve those results. We will support R&D and the innovative strengths in our nation. Creating and exporting pollution solutions will have a much greater positive effect on the environment. Targeting funding to the areas where New Zealand faces its greatest challenges gives us more hope of exceeding our targets than simply buying carbon credits.