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Matt Burgess

Senior Economist

Matt Burgess is a Senior Economist at The New Zealand Initiative. He was Senior Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance, Chief Executive of iPredict, and a Senior Associate at consultants Charles River Associates.

He has a Master of Commerce in economics with first class honours from the University of Canterbury and a Bachelor of Commerce in economics and mathematics.

Latest reports:

The Emissions Trading Scheme FAQ (2021)
Submission: Draft emissions budget (2021)
Real action, not empty words: How to make the Zero Carbon Bill about cutting emissions (2019)
Research Note: When the facts change - How the ICCC saved New Zealand from a policy disaster (2019)
Switched on! Achieving a green, affordable and reliable energy future (2019)

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Phone: +64 4 499 0790

Email: matt.burgess@nzinitiative.org.nz

Recent Work

Media release: Government should reject Climate Commission’s plans

Wellington (Wednesday, 9 June 2021): The New Zealand Initiative calls on the Government to reject the Climate Change Commission’s recommendations and instead rely on the Emissions Trading Scheme’s cap to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. “The Climate Change Commission has based its plan on the idea that the ETS does not cap emissions,” says Dr Oliver Hartwich, Executive Director of the New Zealand Initiative. Read more

Matt Burgess
Media release
9 June, 2021
Matt Burgess

Podcast: Interpreting Dr Rod Carr - with Matt Burgess and Oliver Hartwich

In this podcast Matt Burgess and Oliver Hartwich analyse a short essay by Dr Rod Carr, chair of the Climate Change Commission. If you would like to listen to our latest podcasts, please subscribe to The New Zealand Initiative podcast on iTunes, Spotify or The Podcast App. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Matt Burgess
Podcast
3 June, 2021
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Submission: Ensuring our energy and airports regulation is fit for purpose

In our submission to the Commerce Commission on its open letter "Ensuring our energy and airports regulation is fit for purpose" we urge the Commerce Commission to act consistently with our statutory emissions targets as they are worded in the legislation. Terms like “decarbonisation,” “energy transition” and “low carbon economy” are not consistent with our statutory targets. Read more

Matt Burgess
Submission
7 May, 2021
Forest v2

No case for reform

After eight weeks of poring over the 847 pages of analysis from the Climate Change Commission, two findings stand out. First, the Commission shows current policies, including the Emissions Trading Scheme (“ETS”), will deliver our 2050 emissions targets. Read more

Matt Burgess
Insights Newsletter
26 March, 2021
Parliament

Podcast: Matt Burgess and Oliver Hartwich discuss emissions policy

Matt Burgess and Oliver Hartwich sit down to discuss Oliver's recent Newsroom column on what we can learn from the European ETS experience, and how it relates to some of the finer points in the Climate Change Commission's draft emissions report.

 

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Dr Oliver Hartwich
Matt Burgess
Podcast
24 March, 2021

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