New emissions target

The Ministry of the Environment has announced new emissions targets – 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, which is 11% below 1990 levels.

Our new climate change target

In December this year, countries will meet in Paris to establish a new international climate change agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

An important part of the agreement will be the contributions each country makes to address climate change. Ahead of the negotiations in Paris, all countries have been asked to put forward a target to reduce emissions in the period after 2020. These are known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions or INDCs.

In July 2015, the New Zealand Government announced that our post-2020 climate change target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

View details on Hon Tim Groser’s media statement [beehive website]

The target has been tabled internationally with the United Nations in advance of the Paris meeting in December. New Zealand’s target will remain provisional until the new international agreement is ratified.

View a copy of New Zealand’s INDC (PDF, 328 Kb)

New Zealand’s current target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 5 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020. The new post-2020 target is equivalent to 11 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. New Zealand will meet these responsibility targets through a mix of domestic emission reductions, the removal of carbon dioxide by forests and participation in international carbon markets.

Public consultation

Public consultation on New Zealand’s target occurred during the period 7 May–3 June 2015. Fifteen public meetings and hui were held across New Zealand and over 17,000 written submissions were received from more than 15,600 submitters.

View a summary of public submissions on the target. (PDF, 573 Kb)

Copies of individual submissions will be available on this website soon, after personal information is removed consistent with the Privacy Act 1993.

Material released as part of the consultation process includes:

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