Climate change action in New Zealand

This page provides an overview of New Zealand's action on climate change.

Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time. Each one of us needs to work on ways to cut our emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change, and become more resilient to the changes that are coming.

All countries in the Paris Agreement are asked to develop a long-term plan to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts and develop resilience to climate change. New Zealand is not starting from scratch. Government, businesses, researchers and communities are already working on tackling these challenges.

Overview of climate change initiatives

This snapshot illustrates the breadth of activities that were underway in 2016 across all parts of society. It highlights areas where policies and decision-making need to take into account the broader climate change objectives. This information will be updated as New Zealand continues on its path towards a low emissions future.

Minister's media release: Climate snapshot shows NZ’s progress (22 September 2016).

Dairy initiative

Launched in June 2017, Dairy action for climate change is the first step of a longer plan to:

  • improve dairy farms’ environmental footprint
  • understand what the dairy sector can do with the wider agricultural sector plus industry and urban communities to meet New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.

It is being led by DairyNZ in partnership with Fonterra. It is supported by the Ministry for the Environment and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

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More on New Zealand's initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases