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Find out more about the Climate Change Commission's report

Updated: Feb 18

The Climate Change Commission has released its first draft package of advice to Government on the actions it must take to transition to a thriving, climate resilient and low-emissions Aotearoa by 2050.

It is now available and will be open for formal consultation from 1 February to 14 March 2021. The just-released report sets three new targets: a 2 percent reduction on 2018 greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, 17 percent by 2030, and 36 percent by 2035.

  • no new petrol cars imported by 2032,

  • no new home gas connections after 2025,

  • loads more native forest plantings, and agriculture having to become more carbon efficient.

The draft advice also includes:

  • The proposed first three emissions budgets for Aotearoa.

  • Recommendations on the direction of the country’s first emissions reduction plan, which provides policy guidance to Government on how the emissions budgets could be met.

  • A review that finds the first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for Aotearoa is not compatible with the country’s responsibilities under the Paris Agreement to contribute to global efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

  • A consideration of what potential reductions in biogenic methane might be needed by 2100. The result is biogenic methane will need to continue to fall in the second half of this century. This work does not review current targets.

You can view Chapter 6: "Perspectives from Tangata Whenua," to learn more about how the proposals will impact Māori, on the Commission's page. You can also go to to learn more and make a submission.

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