The Ministry for the Environment recently released Measuring up: Environmental reporting – a discussion document. This document outlines the Government’s Environmental Reporting Bill and their proposed means for achieving its goals. Submissions for this paper closed on 18 October 2011. The document opens by stating:

“Quality environmental information is as important to New Zealand’s success as financial or economic information. Environmental information enables good decision-making and builds a reliable picture of how we are managing our natural capital. New Zealand’s trade advantage lies in its worldwide reputation for quality products from a quality environment.”

The Institute agrees wholeheartedly with this sentiment. However, we see a number of gaps in the Government’s proposal and we outline these and possible solutions in our submission on the Environmental Reporting Bill.

You can see our submission here.