About New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets

This page outlines our national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

Four national targets

The Government has four national targets for reducing New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions that cover both the medium and long term:

  • a target of 30 per cent below our 2005 greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2030 (this target is equivalent to 11 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030)
  • an unconditional target of five per cent below our 1990 greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2020
  • a long-term target of 50 per cent below our 1990 greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2050
  • a conditional target range of 10 to 20 per cent below our 1990 greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2020, if there is a comprehensive global agreement.

New Zealand will meet these responsibility targets through a mix of domestic emission reductions, the removal of carbon dioxide by forests and participation in international carbon markets. 

Reviewed:
19/12/16