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National adaptation plan and emissions reduction plan: Resource Management Act 1991 guidance note

Emissions reduction Carbon emissions Local government Legislation New Zealand

From 30 November 2022 local government must ‘have regard to’ Aotearoa New Zealand’s first national adaptation plan (national adaptation plan) and Aotearoa New Zealand’s first emissions reduction plan (emissions reduction plan) when they prepare or change a regional policy statement, regional plan or district plan. This is a requirement under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), made by the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020 (RMAA). This requirement was introduced to create a stronger link between the Climate Change Response Act 2002 (CCRA) and decision-making under the RMA.

This guidance note has been prepared to help local government meet this requirement.

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