Greens a step ahead with fire funds

The Green Party has pre-empted the cost to households of phasing out old and dirty fires in Napier and Hastings cities by providing a massive fund for insulation and clean heating.

“The $1 billion Green Homes Fund secured by the Greens in Emissions Trading Scheme negotiations will result in much needed financial support to households in Napier and Hastings to improve air quality”, said Green Party Tukituki candidate Quentin Duthie.

Hawkes Bay Regional Council staff have recommended that the cities’ open fires be phased out by 2011 and old inefficient wood burners by 2013. This is necessary for the cities to meet air quality standards, and is estimated to cost $40 million.

Download Full Statement – Air Quality and the $1bn Green Homes Fund

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