Trans-Tasman views on climate change and the progress of each country's scheme are getting a good airing at a series of events.
Australia's weekly Boardroom Radio Friday Afternoon Partners Lunch last week featured a Climate Change Round Table discussion with perspectives from New Zealand and Australian lawyers at the forefront of developments.
Interviewer David Bushby led a review of the issues with input from Bell Gully partner Simon Watt and Australian law firm partners Graeme Dennis and Charmian Barton.
The round table provides a useful update on:
Australia's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation and New Zealand's Emissions Trading Scheme
Preparedness of business on both sides of the Tasman
Our initiatives in light of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen in December, which aims to coordinate international action on climate change.
Where we stand in the global scheme of things.
And, as the Friday Afternoon Partners Lunch traditionally closes, with recommendations from each panellist of a great dining out spot they've visited recently!
The discussions will be greatly expanded at next month's 5th Australia-New Zealand Climate Change and Business Conference being held in Melbourne, 24-26 August. The conference brings together business and policy makers and provides a platform for review of the risks and opportunities posed to business by global warming and for the exchange of ideas and learnings across the Tasman.
Australian and New Zealand Climate Change Ministers, The Hon Penny Wong and The Hon Dr Nick Smith, lead an expert panel of over 80 international and local speakers, including Simon Watt, who will chair a session on compliance issues for those involved in emissions trading markets.
For more information, please contact any member of our climate change team listed below.