Aotearoa has committed to reaching net zero emissions of long-lived greenhouse gases by 2050, and to reducing biogenic methane emissions between 24-47% by 2050.

In delivering this advice, He Pou a Rangi the Climate Change Commission (the Commission) has presented ambitious, achievable and equitable paths that Aotearoa can take to meet these targets and contribute to global efforts to address climate change.

Ināia tonu nei is based on the Commission’s independent judgement and impartial assessment of the evidence base. We have developed our advice through extensive research, analysis, modelling, engagement and deliberation. It has been refined based on what New Zealanders told us during a nationwide consultation.

Our analysis shows the transition can begin in earnest. The technology and tools the country needs to get there exist today – Aotearoa does not need to rely on future technologies. The evidence
has shown the transition is affordable, brings many other benefits, and opens up new economic opportunities. Our consultation demonstrated that the transition has broad support from people across Aotearoa.

In reaching our conclusions we have balanced the need to be ambitious with what the evidence shows us is achievable now. This reflects the position Aotearoa is in after years of delayed action, and the work the country must do to pass on a thriving, climate-resilient, low emissions Aotearoa to the next generation.

There are three parts to our advice:

  1. the levels of the first three emissions budgets, which step down the total amount of greenhouse gas emissions allowed in Aotearoa over five-year periods to 2035, charting a course towards meeting the 2050 emissions reduction targets (2050 targets).
  2. direction on the policies and strategies needed in the Government’s emissions reduction plan, which will detail actions for meeting the first emissions budget.
  3. advice on the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the eventual reduction in biogenic methane, as requested by the Minister of Climate Change.

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