New Zealand moves on climate change


The New Zealand Government has introduced its flagship Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill before parliament, which plots a course for the country to transition to low-carbon economy over the next 30 years.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced the bill before parliament, which will set a new emissions reduction target for all greenhouse gases, except methane, to net zero by 2050.

The amendment bill will do four key things:

  • Set a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to:

  • reduce all greenhouse gases (except biogenic methane) to net zero by 2050

  • reduce emissions of biogenic methane within the range of 24–47 per cent below 2017 levels by 2050 including to 10 per cent below 2017 levels by 2030.

  • Set a series of emissions budgets to act as stepping stones towards the long-term target.

  • Require the Government to develop and implement policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

  • Establish a new, independent Climate Change Commission to provide expert advice and monitoring to help keep successive governments on track to meeting long-term goals.

The Bill will establish an independent Climate Change Commission, which will be tasked with providing independent, science based advice to the Government.

“In March this year, tens of thousands of New Zealand school students went on strike to protest the lack of decisive action on climate change. We hear them. The Zero Carbon Bill outlines our plan to safeguard the future that those school students will inherit,” Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said.

A summary of the Bill can be found here

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