Aotearoa has committed to reaching net zero emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases by 2050 and reducing biogenic methane emissions between 24-47% by 2050. The Climate Change Commission’s role is to provide independent, evidence-based advice to reach those targets.
In delivering this advice, the Commission believes they have presented ambitious and achievable paths that Aotearoa can take to meet its climate targets and contribute to global efforts to address climate change.
This advice is grounded in evidence and analysis, and refined based on what New Zealanders have told the Commission through consultation.
It is now over to government to decide whether to accept the advice, and to show how it will shape climate action in Aotearoa. The New Zealand government has until 31 December 2021 to set the first three emissions budgets out to 2035 and release the country’s first emissions reduction plan detailing the policies it will use to achieve the budgets.
Transformational and lasting change is both necessary and possible. The technology and the tools Aotearoa needs to reach its climate targets exist today. The evidence shows climate action is affordable.