18 August 2011

Presentation to Local Government and Environment Select Committee: Lignite and Climate Change

Lignite is very poor quality coal and New Zealand has a lot of it. But so do many other countries. The lignite we have is in Southland and Otago. Some lignite is already being burned; for example, in the Edendale dairy factory. But there are plans to increase the amount of lignite mined a hundred times or more.

Read the Commissioner's full presentation to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee here