Government unveils NZ’s first Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document

Lloyd Burr 13/10/2021

LISTEN: Kiwis are being invited to participate in the country's first Emissions Reduction Plan of which a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas has been released.

The Emissions Reduction Plan will set the direction for climate action through to 2035.

The government says it will set out action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across a range of areas, including energy, transport, waste, agriculture, construction and financial services.

“We are putting forward for discussion a range of ideas that would reduce our emissions and can also create jobs and new opportunities for Kiwi businesses and our economy,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday.

However, Climate Change Minister, James Shaw, said the discussion document is not a draft of the Emissions Reduction Plan but it is an opportunity to hear feedback on what should be included in the plan.

“Since the final advice of the independent Climate Change Commission was published in June, conversations have been underway across Government about how Ministers and agencies can support emissions reductions in their portfolios - and what can be included in the final Emissions Reduction Plan,” James Shaw said.

“The Plan we release next year will need to set out future policy and regulatory change, as well as actions that can be taken by businesses, towns and cities, and every community.

"It will also set out how we make the transition in an inclusive and equitable way. The consultation marks the next phase in this work."

The discussion document Te hau mārohi ki anamata - Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future was released on the Ministry for the Environment website and can be viewed below.

Consultation on the emissions reduction plan is open until 11.59pm, 24 November 2021.

Listen to the full interview with James Shaw above.

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