This is a very important piece of legislation currently being considered in Parliament. Please take time to have your say. Here are our key points:
- We support limiting the global average temperature increase to 1.5o Celsius above pre-industrial levels as the aspirational goal, with setting up an overarching legislative framework for clear and ambitious New Zealand climate policies as the purpose of the Bill.
- The Bill should be a stand-alone and over-riding piece of legislation that governs every decision with implications on emissions and climate.
- The Bill must properly honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- The target for New Zealand to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 is too far away. It should be 2040.
- The targets for biogenic methane emissions by 2030 and 2050 are too weak. They need to be much more ambitious to enable rapid transition to net zero emission agriculture.
- Carbon offset needs to be capped, e.g. to 30% of total emissions.
- The 2050 target and emissions budgets must be enforceable.
- Climate change risk assessments and adaptation need to occur at all levels, with resources provided to regional and local authorities for effective implementation of adaptation plans.
Here’s our full submission.
Submission closed Tue 16 July. Details on Parliament website.