19 Apr 2011

Coal emissions claim questioned

10:05 am on 19 April 2011

The Government is under fire for claiming the Emissions Trading Scheme will result in the phase-out of coal-fired power plants.

A United Nations report on New Zealand's climate change response includes a Government prediction that by 2020, 7.2 mega-tonnes of emissions from coal will be avoided because of the ETS.

Bu the Sustainability Council says there are no serious plans for new coal-fired generation for the ETS to deter.

Executive director Simon Terry says New Zealand's only coal-fired station at Huntly is already being crowded out of the market by new generation, rather than by the effect of emissions trading.