Beyond 2050: Challenges with pine forests

Friday 1 Mar 2024

Relying heavily on pine forests to meet New Zealand's 2050 "net zero" carbon goal could impose a significant burden on future generations, warns Climate Change Commission chairperson Rod Carr.

While acknowledging trees' benefits, Carr expressed concerns about sustaining mono-culture pine plantations post-2050, especially regarding disease and environmental challenges. He emphasised the potential burden on future generations and the need for balanced land use.

Carr urged the government to set limits on forestry conversions for emissions reduction targets, cautioning against overreliance on pine plantations. He stressed the need for ongoing emissions reductions beyond 2050 and suggested reevaluating the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to ensure effectiveness.

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