New Zealand

Compared to many other developed countries New Zealand faces different challenges in reducing emissions. Almost half our emissions come from agriculture, while most of our electricity is from renewable sources.

The new government has indicated New Zealand’s climate policy is likely to change in coming months to include a Zero Carbon Act. This may include an independent Climate Commission, a commitment to 100% renewable energy generation by 2035, and a target of net zero emissions by 2050. Learn more about the New Zealand government's plan for action on climate change.  

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand

Compared to many other developed countries New Zealand faces different challenges in reducing emissions. Almost half our emissions come from agriculture, while most of our electricity is from renewable sources.

The new government has indicated New Zealand’s climate policy is likely to change in coming months to include a Zero Carbon Act. This may include an independent Climate Commission, a commitment to 100% renewable energy generation by 2035, and a target of net zero emissions by 2050. Learn more about the New Zealand government's plan for action on climate change.  

International Context

International Context

As a member of C40 Cities, Auckland is part of a global network created and led by cities. C40 focuses on tackling climate change and risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.

In November 2015, New Zealand was one of 195 countries that agreed to the Paris Climate Agreement. The goal of this historic collective agreement is to limit the increase in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with a more ambitious intent to keep it below 1.5 degrees.

Used globally as a guide for climate mitigation, Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. The plan is based on research that maps, measures, models, and describes the key solutions to global warming that already exist.

International Context

International Context

As a member of C40 Cities, Auckland is part of a global network created and led by cities. C40 focuses on tackling climate change and risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.

In November 2015, New Zealand was one of 195 countries that agreed to the Paris Climate Agreement. The goal of this historic collective agreement is to limit the increase in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, with a more ambitious intent to keep it below 1.5 degrees.

Used globally as a guide for climate mitigation, Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. The plan is based on research that maps, measures, models, and describes the key solutions to global warming that already exist.

Pathways to Change

Recently a number of independent reports have outlined mitigation and adaptation options for New Zealand:  

Vivid Economics was commissioned by GLOBE-NZ (a cross-party group of 35 members of the New Zealand Parliament) to highlight long-term low-emission pathways for the country.

A report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, 'Stepping stones to Paris and beyond' recommended writing emissions targets into law, and having a plan like Generation Zero’s Zero Carbon Act.

The Royal Society of New Zealand's 'Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand' report takes an in-depth look into climate change mitigation options for the country.

Pathways to Change

Pathways to Change

Pathways to Change

Recently a number of independent reports have outlined mitigation and adaptation options for New Zealand:  

Vivid Economics was commissioned by GLOBE-NZ (a cross-party group of 35 members of the New Zealand Parliament) to highlight long-term low-emission pathways for the country.

A report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, 'Stepping stones to Paris and beyond' recommended writing emissions targets into law, and having a plan like Generation Zero’s Zero Carbon Act.

The Royal Society of New Zealand's 'Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy for New Zealand' report takes an in-depth look into climate change mitigation options for the country.