If they are not hard at work in their Beehive offices, our Ministers will be busy with engagements here and there around the country – or engaged in very important business overseas.
The Point of Order monitor of Beehive press statements in the past week brings no surprises. The whereabouts of Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Climate Change Minister James Shaw have been given widespread media coverage in recent days – but for the record:
11 DECEMBER 2018
Foreign Minister to visit United States of America
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington DC Thursday for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration.
Peters will also meet with US Vice President Mike Pence, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
While in Washington, he will also deliver a speech focused on how New Zealand and the United States can strengthen cooperation to address challenges in the Pacific.
Peters will be travelling from 13-19 December.
18 DECEMBER 2018
EU and New Zealand to strengthen cooperation on emissions trading systems
At the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24) in Katowice, European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete and New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw met and agreed to strengthen their bilateral cooperation on emissions trading systems.
The EU Emissions Trading System covers some 45 per cent of EU greenhouse gas emissions in 31 countries, has been in operation since 2005, and is set to deliver a reduction of 43 per cent in EU emissions from the sectors covered by 2030.
The New Zealand ETS covers all sectors apart from agriculture. The independent Interim Climate Change Committee is considering whether and how agricultural methane and nitrous oxide might become covered by the NZ ETS. The NZ ETS is domestic only and has been in operation since 2008.
Some 88 countries are planning to use carbon pricing to meet their Paris goals, with 25 jurisdictions implementing cap and trade programs.
Parties to the Paris Agreement decided at COP24 that further work was needed on the implementation of Article 6 of the Agreement. That work will continue next year.