- Climate commission advised the Government, outlining ways to achieve its climate related objectives.
- The New Zealand Government has time until December this year to establish the initial three emissions budgets out to 2035.
- PM Ardern opined that delay in acting would end up making the work tougher and costly for the economy.
The leading policy-making body of the Government, Climate Commission, tirelessly prepares reports and supervises the New Zealand Government’s progress against emissions and decline strategies.
Climate Commission assists the country in bringing the much-needed shift in tackling the blazing worldwide issue of climate change.
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Climate Commission’s recommendation to the Government
On 9 June, Climate Commission gave its first independent advice to the Government, defining ways to be opted for fulfilling its climate goals. It is of the opinion that NZ has all the devices and expertise to meet the climate goals.
The policy-making body of the Government also gave direction towards the nation’s emissions reduction plan between 2022-2025.
A 12% emission from 2019 levels is needed from the next year to 2025. Also, a 27% decline is expected amid 2025-2030, and to conclude the plan, a 42% reduction is required by 2035.
Climate Commission stressed that the Government has time until December to establish the initial three emissions budgets to 2035.
The Government is also expected to declare the nation’s first emissions-reduction plan, describing policies to be taken while executing the budgets.
Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019
As per the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019, New Zealand is aiming to slash net emissions of all greenhouse gases to zero by the year 2050.
As per the Act, by 2050, the country is aiming at cutting biogenic methane emissions to 24-47%, which is below the level recorded in 2017. Further, it aims at slashing 10% below 2017 levels by the year 2030.
In Climate Commission Chair’s word
Rod Carr, Climate Commission Chairperson, opined the advice demonstrated that New Zealand had the potential to achieve low-emissions future.
However, the work towards it should commence now.
He added that emissions would not go down instantly. The first step towards it would be to lay the groundwork, which should start immediately.
He further stressed that the Government policies did not put the country ‘on track’ to fulfil the policy-making body’s suggested emissions budgets for 2050 goals.
He concluded that the Commission had submitted the evidence-based recommendations to the Government to attain the objectives. It will let the Government decide if it wants to pay heed to them and form climate action in the nation.
What is PM Jacinda Ardern’s stance on climate change?
Post the Commission’s advice was tabled in the Parliament, PM Ardern mentioned that the final advice reflected that the Government had been working towards the reduction of emissions in all the appropriate quarters.
She added that as per the Commission’s projection, a delay in action could cost New Zealand 2.3% of GDP by 2050, which is approximately two times the cost to the NZ economy if it acts now. Therefore, it would be smarter and economical to take requisite actions at present.
Steps to be taken to Combat Climate crisis
Mounting charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and decreasing emissions from the vehicles would be essential steps to fight the climate crisis.
The Commission has pointed out the requirement of further research to cut down on agriculture biogenic methane emissions. It also mentioned the Government’s role in constructing only farm-level emissions measurement around the world.
The Government’s Investment in Decarbonising Industry Fund is also important in assisting the energy sector in shifting towards a cleaner future.
The Building for Climate Change Programme would bring out valuable transformation in the building and construction sector.
What have low emmissions in store for New Zealand?
James Shaw, Climate Change Minister, stated the Commission had laid out the way, which required every segment of the Government to act on cutting down emissions to align with the requirements of science.
Apart from gaining a healthy lifestyle, the move towards low emissions in the upcoming period is anticipated to generate employments and NZ businesses prospects. It would also aid in lessening energy bills at homes and secure the nation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.