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Interview – Peter Hardstaff – WWF-NZ on 2013 report Fossil Fuel Subsidies in NZ: Government Support

In June 2013, WWF-NZ published a briefing document following a multi-year analysis of government support fossil fuel exploration, production and consumption in New Zealand, Fossil Fuel Subsidies in NZ: Government Support. The purpose of the report was to set out what fossil fuel subsidies are, examine how they are being used in New Zealand and then present the case for reform.

In September 2014 I met with Peter Hardstaff, Head of Campaigns at WWF-NZ in Wellington and spoke to him about the reason for WWF’s interest in the issue of fossil fuel subsidies, his thoughts on prospects for subsidies being effectively addressed through international legal and institutional fora, the role of regional trade agreements, and New Zealand’s role internationally in this area.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting a number of other video and audio interviews on the subject of fossil fuel subsidy reform.

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