Wellington Seminar

The Next Wellington Seminar


Russell McVeagh and the Law & Economics Association of New Zealand have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on the future of climate policy in Aotearoa.

LEANZ Seminar: How to fix the Emissions Trading Scheme

Speakers: Dr James Every-Palmer KC

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2023

Venue: Russell McVeagh, 157 Lambton Quay, Level 24, NTT Tower, Wellington

Time: 6 PM – 7 PM NZST

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Event Details:

The Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is the primary method for the New Zealand Government to achieve its long-term commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. It is often referred to as a “cap and trade” scheme. However, there is little or no capping as the available units far exceed our budgeted emissions. Furthermore, by treating a tonne of removals from forestry as being just as good as a reducing our gross emissions by a tonne, the ETS has incentivised pine planting but not a reduction in our gross emissions. The seminar will discuss these issues and provide thoughts on how to fix it.

Speaker details:

Dr James Every-Palmer KC is a competition and regulatory lawyer with a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice. He has honours degrees in law and economics from the University of Otago, an LLM from Harvard Law School and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. In addition to his litigation practice, James has been engaged in a number of law reform, public policy and market design projects in the electricity, banking, dairy and telecommunications sectors. Before joining the independent bar in 2013, James was a partner at Russell McVeagh. James was one of the founders of Lawyers for Climate Action NZ Inc and is currently the Treasurer.

Queries about the event can be directed to:
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Lawyers may note that if this seminar is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then attendance at this event can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Please contact a LEANZ representative at the event to confirm your attendance.