Help Shape NZ's First Emissions Reduction Plan

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Today, the Ministry for the Environment released a public consultation on the development of New Zealand’s first-ever Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP). The plan will determine exactly how Ministers across Government will work to reduce climate pollution, meet our emissions targets and contribute to solving the climate crisis. The Nelson Tasman Climate Forum urges you to read and respond to the Government’s emissions reduction plan Discussion Document. 

Click HERE for more information on this public consultation and how to respond to the Discussion Document. Your feedback will help influence the Aotearoa NZ Emissions Reduction Plan and actions. The plan is currently under development and is expected in May next year. Consultation through this Discussion Document is part of the process. Please speak out at this critical time. 

The global climate crisis continues to worsen. Sadly, Aotearoa NZ efforts are delinquent, with few significant actions to date. Government can facilitate change through its investments, taxes and regulations and bolder measures are needed. For example, vehicles in NZ travel 48 billion kms (VTK) every year. The Discussion Document suggests a 20 percent VTK reduction target for cars and light vehicles through providing better travel options, particularly in cities. A 30 percent target for EVs (zero emission vehicles) is proposed.  Shouldn't we be more ambitious? And how can we be confident of achieving our targets?

The Discussion Document has input from individual ministers and draws on the Climate Change Commission's recommendations. Transport and waste are the most specific.  Recognising the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Document suggests that sector strategies be developed in partnership with iwi/Māori, but much of the document is vague. For example: “develop a plan to decarbonise the industrial sector.” We need decisive statements. Please offer suggestions for specific targets and actions.

This consultation is a critical opportunity to make the final plan much more ambitious and comprehensive