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Nathan Argent

Nathan Argent is the Policy Advisor for Greenpeace New Zealand based in Wellington and is a long time Greenpeace campaigner with an interest in clean technology solutions.

  • Yesterday, the recently anointed Climate Change Minister Tim Groser (until recently he was only the minister responsible for international climate negotiations – now he has both roles) gave his first speech announcing yet another consultation on the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). And what a disappointing start.

    The Minister has set out the Government’s intentions to weaken – or should we say gut – an already lacklustre and limp ETS. When National got the keys to the Beehive, they inherited the ETS from Labour. Rather than seizing the initiative and giving some teeth to the only progressive policy tool that New Zealand had to tackle climate change with, they have set about removing the molars and allowing the decay to set in.

    By extending the timeline for agriculture to join, they are act... Read more >

  • Last year, using forensic testing of tissue paper sold in New Zealand, we scientifically linked rainforest clearance to toilet paper sold here in New Zealand by Cottonsoft - a Kiwi based company owned by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) a company notorious for its destruction of Indonesian rainforests.

    Then, earlier this month we published the findings of another investigation into APP’s  illegal timber scandal and those results reveal a scandal.

    This second year-long, under cover investigation collected evidence at APP's biggest pulp mill and shows that APP logyards are riddled with illegal ramin logs. Ramin trees can be found in Sumatra's peat swamp forests, home to the Sumatran tiger, which are now being cleared at a devastating rate with much of this clearance being on land now controlled by... Read more >

  • Eyes of the Forest see through greenwash

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - December 14, 2011 at 14:57

    Today, a new investigative report reveals how Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) – the notorious Indonesian rainforest destroyer – is continuing its destruction of natural tropical forest and drainage of peat soils to make its pulp and paper products.

    If you’re new to this issue, APP is the parent company of NZ-based Cottonsoft which was recently exposed by a coalition of green groups for using trashed rainforests to make some of its toilet paper brands.

    The report, “The truth behind APP’s Greenwash, which has been released by Indonesia-based NGO coalition Eyes of the Forest, presents detailed evidence that cuts through the heart of APP’s aggressive, multi-million dollar greenwashing machine.

    It exposes how many of APP’s misleading claims hide that fact that the company continues to be linked t... Read more >

  • Cottonsoft's barrage of PR

    Blogpost by Nathan Argent - December 9, 2011 at 18:14

    Well, it's fair to say that a week is a long time when it comes to campaigning and no more so than when you're up against one of the world's most notorious rainforest destroyers. In the last weeks we have seen a volley of wild claims, accusations and dubious announcements all played out in the national media by Cottonsoft, Asia Pulp & paper and the NZ Food and Grocery Council.

    It all relates to our investigation that revealed Cottonsoft toilet roll brands were linked to deforestation But if you've been following the story and you're a bit confused I don't blame you - I think that was their objective.

    So for the uninitiated and those of who want to cut through the corporate spin, I would like to provide a reasoned overview of what's being going over the last couple of months.

    Back in Au... Read more >

  • The carbon footprint of New Zealand milk could be much larger than Fonterra claims.

    A new report released today reveals that Fonterra’s continued use of palm kernel expeller (PKE) as a supplementary feed on dairy farms could have produced up to 8.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the equivalent to 12 per cent of New Zealand’s entire annual greenhouse gas emissions.

    Titled ‘The carbon cost of palm kernel expeller from Malaysia and Indonesia’ this is the first fully transparent report produced on the carbon footprint created by PKE. Last year, a record breaking 1.4 million tonnes of palm product, which is currently unsustainably produced, was imported in to New Zealand to feed Fonterra’s industrial dairying operation.

    The huge carbon footprint of palm kernel...

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