Air New Zealand welcomes report on native forestry offset options

Air New Zealand welcomes the release of a research paper by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research on how native forestry offsets may be incentivised in New Zealand.
21 April 2017

The paper explores how New Zealand can use native forestry to offset carbon emissions and how planting native forestry can also bring about other environmental and social benefits for the country. The researchers also looked into additional offset options such as soil carbon, marine carbon and carbon capture and storage.

Air New Zealand Head of Sustainability Lisa Daniell says the research is important in helping to build stronger scientific and policy knowledge on offsetting in New Zealand.

"As an airline, carbon emissions are a significant challenge for our business and we are working hard to improve efficiencies where we can. Offsetting however will play a part in our approach and research into offset options in New Zealand and how these can bring about broader social, environmental and economic benefits for our country is important.

"Air New Zealand has supported strong domestic climate change policies and called for tighter obligations and sustainable offsetting opportunities within the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme Review, as well as via international policy developed through the International Civil Aviation Organisation's proposal for a global market based measure on carbon. We will continue to explore options that will help us to meet our future obligations under the ETS and international policy,” says Ms Daniell.

The full report can be viewed online here.

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Note to Editors: Air New Zealand provided the core funding to Motu Economic and Public Policy Research for this piece of research.

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