A union has denounced the government’s emissions reduction plan, saying it relies too much on outsourcing rather than reducing emissions.
The measures proposed in the plan assume that much of the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is expected to come from converting the Marsden Point refinery to a dedicated import terminal.
But First Union transport, logistics and manufacturing secretary Jared Abbott has said he won’t cut global emissions because he’s outsourcing them to other countries instead.
“It doesn’t make sense. Whether the broadcasts are from New Zealand or Singapore, we all live on the same planet.
“If we are actually increasing global emissions by offshoring fuel production, then we are not meeting the emission reduction target, which is to save our planet from the climate crisis.”
Abbott said climate change is a global challenge and all countries must do their part.
“We represent workers in some of the hardest hit industries, including transportation, manufacturing and forestry – and we’re ready to do our part to make sure we get the best possible emission reduction plan,” he said. -he declares.
First Union said its own analysis suggested that refined oil from South Korea – New Zealand’s largest source of refined oil over the past two years – has refined emissions between 16 and 38 percent higher than the refined petroleum at Marsden Point, as well as possibly more transportation emissions.
The union said oil from other Asian “mega-refineries” could be higher.
“The Climate Commission’s initial draft opinion noted that” Aotearoa should focus on decarbonizing its industries rather than cutting production in a way that could increase emissions offshore “, but this important principle disappeared from the Commission’s final opinion, ”Abbott said.