Draft Taranaki 2050 Roadmap feedback needed by 14th June

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For the Taranaki 2050 Roadmap we need lots of community voices from workers, hapū and iwi to ensure that the we are being heard. Feedback is due on 14th June.

The draft roadmap for Taranaki 2050 has been published for feedback. We need lots of community voices from workers, hapū and iwi to ensure that the we are being heard. Feedback is due on 14th June. You can contribute by going to http://about.taranaki.info/Taranaki2050/Taranaki-2050-Roadmap.aspx and use the interactive map to provide feedback. You can also email your views to info@taranaki2050.org.nz. A PDF version of the 40-page roadmap can be downloaded here: http://about.taranaki.info/Taranaki2050/Taranaki-2050-Draft-Roadmap.pdf

Here are some of Climate Justice Taranaki's points about the Draft Taranaki 2050 Roadmap:

  • Why are we having a ‘just transition’? What’s the goal? Lowering emissions and fostering social justice ne- ed to be the driver, not profiteering. Even though there maybe economic opportunities, they should not be the driver or we risk losing sight of our goal. Whatever is proposed in the roadmap, it must contribute to reducing our emissions and environmental footprint.
  • The interactive map is overly utopic. While it’s nice to portrait an optimistic future, we also need to be realistic. Coastal erosion, inundation and extreme weather events are real and need to come through the roadmap somehow.
  • There needs to be investment (notably in public services), support & training for climate resilience and adaptation for the entire region and especially vulnerable communities, i.e. those who are already being ‘left behind’.
  • More focus and support for community initiatives (rather than business/industry driven ventures) including an enabling regulatory environment for cooperative ownership and investment initiatives, are needed.
  • Unions are crucial stakeholder for our just transition process. This needs to be reflected strongly in the roadmap.
  • There were quite a lot of concerns over hydrogen during the energy and hydrogen workshops (e.g. putting all our eggs in one basket & picking a winner too early). Economically the Jan 2019 Concept report is damming against H2: http://www.concept.co.nz/publications.html These concerns are not represented fairly in the roadmap. There were also serious concerns over blue hydrogen (using fossil gas & carbon capture and storage) which the roadmap omits.
  • Is there any analysis about the emission reduction potential of having a Hydrogen industry? What are the environment and social impacts of mining (mostly overseas) for raw materials needed to develop an over-capacity of renewable energies so we can produce sufficient quantities of hydrogen for export?
  • Carbon capture & storage (CCS) is unproven. The oil/gas industry uses it to justify its continued existence and expansion.
  • What about more proven technologies like bioenergy from farm and forestry wastes which we have lots of?
  • Regulatory capture was raised loudly and repeatedly by several participants at the regulation workshop, but not a single word on it is mentioned in the roadmap.
  • There needs to be regulatory mechanisms to ensure industries & businesses do their part in lowering emissions & innovating for sustainability & product stewardships etc., not just education for individual behavioural changes.
  • The roadmap gives repeated emphases on digital technology across chapters – what about other practical life skills like food growing, building skills, habitat restoration, managing natural disasters, age/health-care, training the next generation of educators… which reflect our common values and needs in a world of climate chaos?
  • In the thoughtful food & fibre chapter, please make sure that it states by 2050, all farms are sustainable, rather than there is a ‘balanced mix of…. and sustainable farms.”
  • The tourism chapter lacks vision or clarity on the need for sustainability and consideration of the climate impact from air transport and everything associated with an increase in tourist numbers – we need to challenge the mentality of ‘growth’ or making everywhere accessible for tourism. We need to put the ‘doughnut economy’ or perhaps ‘life-ring’ economy in practice!

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