New Zealand's 2050 target

This page outlines New Zealand's 2050 emissions reduction target.

About the target

A credible long-term emissions reduction target is an important part of ensuring that New Zealand can make a smooth transition to a low-carbon future.

In March 2011, the Government notified in the New Zealand Gazette a target for a 50 per cent reduction in New Zealand greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.

The 1990 level is based on New Zealand’s gross greenhouse gas emissions as per the agreed accounting rules of the Kyoto Protocol under the United Nations Convention Framework on Climate Change.

The 2050 target is based on New Zealand’s net greenhouse gas emissions and will take into account any removals or emissions arising from afforestation or deforestation since 1990 consistent with the Kyoto Protocol under the United Nations Convention Framework rules on climate change.

Find out more

Press release [Beehive website]
Gazette notice [New Zealand Gazette website]
Minister’s position paper [Ministry for the Environment website]
Summary of submissions [Ministry for the Environment website]

Reviewed:
16/05/16