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Govt actions risk NZ being left behind - Greenpeace

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Wellington, June 8 NZPA - The Government risks being left behind if it continues with the "new era" of coal mining and oil drilling, Greenpeace says.

A global report released today by Greenpeace provides a "detailed practical blueprint" for what the environmental campaigners believe is the right way forward.

The Energy [R]evolution: A Sustainable World Energy Outlook, released today by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council, shows how countries can achieve economic growth while reducing carbon emissions through replacing fossil fuels and energy efficiency.

A phase-out of fossil fuels would create millions of green jobs and energy security as well as independence from world market fuel prices, the report said.

Greenpeace's New Zealand climate campaigner Simon Boxer said the Government here was "struggling to understand this new global reality".

The reversion to coal mining and oil drilling was "19th century economic thinking" and did not account for the climate crisis, he said.

"If our Government continues on its current path our businesses and economy will miss out and be left behind by this global green economic revolution to the detriment of all New Zealanders."

New Zealand was well positioned to join the "green economic revolution", Mr Boxer said.

Secretary-general of the European Renewable Energy Council Christine Lins said the new report showed there was no technological barrier to 100 percent renewable energy supply.

"The barrier is political," she said.

"All that is now needed to set a sustainable energy future for our planet is the political will."

(seeking reaction from Climate Change Minister Nick Smith)

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