Green Growth: Opportunities for New Zealand

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November 2012
Vivid Economics, University of Auckland

The New Zealand Green Growth Research Trust (NZGGRT) commissioned this report to support its thinking on how to grasp important opportunities that would improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders. These are opportunities to enhance New Zealand’s economic prosperity while raising environmental quality that might otherwise be missed through lack of action, leadership or understanding. The report investigates the possible opportunities for New Zealand that could arise from a global shift to green growth, and identifies 21 valuable, feasible actions that New Zealand could take to help realise these opportunities. The report focuses on six important sectors across the trade-focused and the domestic economy. The analysis reveals green growth opportunities in each sector that have both direct environmental benefits as well as important co-benefits such as higher productivity, lower energy bills and fewer health risks.

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