The New Zealand government has recently consulted on its proposal for a Zero Carbon Bill. This would:
- set a new and more ambitious 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction target
- establish interim five-year “emissions budgets” consistent with meeting those targets
- require the government to issue plans for achieving its emissions budgets
- require preparation of a national climate change risk assessment and national adaptation plan
- set up a new independent Climate Change Commission to advise the government and monitor its progress.
Our full submission on the Zero Caron Bill is available here. In this blog we highlight five key opportunities to improve the government’s proposal.