New Zealand’s conditional 2020 target

This page outlines New Zealand’s conditional 2020 emissions reduction target.

About the target

In August 2009, the Government announced a 2020 target range to signal New Zealand’s commitment to comprehensive efforts to address global climate change.

New Zealand is prepared to take on a responsibility target for greenhouse gas emissions reductions of between 10 per cent and 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, if there is a comprehensive global agreement.

This means:

  • the global agreement sets the world on a pathway to limit temperature rise to not more than 2°C
  • developed countries make comparable efforts to those of New Zealand
  • advanced and major emitting developing countries take action fully commensurate with their respective capabilities
  • there is an effective set of rules for land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF)
  • there is full recourse to a broad and efficient international carbon market.

New Zealand’s 2020 target was decided following consultation with New Zealand business, farmers, environmental groups, Māori, scientists, academics and other stakeholders.

Find out more

Press release [Beehive site]