This page outlines New Zealand’s unconditional 2020 emissions reduction target.
About the target
On 16 August 2013, the Government announced an unconditional 2020 climate change target of 5 per cent below 1990 emissions. For the period 2013-2020, New Zealand has chosen not to commit to a climate change target under the Kyoto Protocol’s second commitment period. Instead, New Zealand joins countries responsible for more than 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions who have made international pledges under the United Nations Framework Convention (the Kyoto Protocol’s parent body). New Zealand will apply the Kyoto Protocol framework of rules to our unconditional 2020 target to ensure that our actions are transparent and have integrity.
This unconditional 2020 target represents New Zealand’s fair share of climate change action. It is more ambitious than our target under the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, compares favourably with similar countries’ actions and reflects New Zealand’s national circumstances. Based on United Nations methodology, this target is equivalent to a 2013-2020 QELRO of 96.8 on 1990 emissions.