final advice to the Government from the Climate Change Commission reveals it
hasn’t pulled any punches, but is willing to take a breather between rounds.
final advice sets out the total amount of emissions New Zealand must cut over
the next 15 years and provides three different pathways the Government could
follow to keep within the proposed emission budgets. The original estimate has
been revised to reflect the latest science and the reality that New Zealand’s
emissions are still increasing.
revised estimates now mean that the Commission has set higher budgets to
reflect the more significant challenge ahead. However, regardless of the size
of the task ahead, the Commission has recognised that many of its
recommendations, most notably in energy, heavy transport, and electric
vehicles, were ambitious and may not be achievable.
Commission stands by its overall recommendations, but has remodelled and
adjusted the detailed recommendations. Overall, the Commission has New Zealand
on track for net-zero carbon by 2050, but there are many hurdles to get over
than initially proposed when it tabled its draft advice in March.
Government has until 31 December to set the first three emissions budgets out
to 2035 and release its first emissions reduction plan. The Government needs to
move quickly, but not at the risk of impacting employment while industries
adjust to practicing their professions in the new low emissions environment.
Suppose Government chooses not to accept the Commission’s advice, in that case,
it must publish an alternative plan for addressing climate change in New
Zealand and reaching its targets that don’t involve just planting trees.
2022, the Commission will begin monitoring how the Government’s emissions
reduction plan is implemented, including how well New Zealand is tracking to
meet the 2050 net-zero target.
- Improve the New
Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme to provide more substantial market
incentives to drive low emissions choices.
- Make sure all
government policy and investment decisions support the transition to low
Transport (including heavy transport and EVs)
- Provide affordable,
reliable and convenient low-emission alternatives to high emission
measures to make sure vehicles entering the fleet are efficient and to
accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles, including options to
decarbonise heavy transport and freight.
- Develop a national energy
strategy to decarbonise the energy system and introduce measures to make
sure the electricity sector is ready to meet future needs.
- Accelerate the switch to
low-emission fuels to process heat, drive energy efficiency improvements,
and develop a plan to transform buildings to low emissions.
- Reduce emissions from waste
through measures that reduce the amount of water generated and increase
information and comment on the Climate Change Commission Report, contact Claire
Edmondson, Chief Advisor, on 021 272 7879, email@example.com.