Beyond Growth 2023 Conference.
Minister for Climate Change of New Zealand
As Minister of Climate Change, James focused on specific measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport, energy and agricultural sectors. He also had the privilege of holding a new role as the Government’s Associate Minister for the Environment with responsibility for Biodiversity. Prior to becoming an MP, James had a successful career in management consulting, primarily in London, where he lived from 1998 to 2010.
In his first term, James guided the Zero Carbon Act through Parliament with unanimous support; reformed the Emissions Trading Scheme to cut pollution into the atmosphere; and established Green Investment Finance ltd., to stimulate investment in the low-carbon economy. James firmly believes that New Zealand can be an example to the world in transitioning to a high-value, clean-tech, post-carbon economy that works for everyone. He also believes that, right now, the world needs more such examples to follow and that those that can lead have a duty to do so.