Our first piece of research – New Zealand’s Position in the Green Race, released in June 2012 – focused on highlighting New Zealand’s current dire economic and environmental performance.
That early report used existing local and international examples to focus attention on how, when given the right policy incentives, the private sector has a large and very important role to play in driving green growth.
What’s ultimately needed is long-term bipartisan commitment to green growth policy, to give long-term certainty to industry.
Our new report – Green Growth: Opportunities for New Zealand – has been designed to expand upon, and bring specificity and economic rigor to, opportunities identified in that earlier work.
This new macroeconomic report is significant because it is the first of its kind for New Zealand – a robust attempt to marry the key economic advantages New Zealand enjoys with areas of our environmental performance that need improvement. It shows that we can have the best of both worlds – but it takes leadership by our big businesses and politicians, significant investment and policy change to speed up the process.
Green Growth: Opportunities for New Zealand investigates the possible opportunities for NZ that could arise from a global shift to green growth, and identifies 21 valuable, feasible actions – five framework, and 16 sector-specific – that NZ could take to help capitalise on these opportunities.
We’re now in a position to communicate these opportunities to New Zealand.