More than 15,000 New Zealanders and organisations have had their say on the Government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill. From the responses we received, it’s clear that New Zealanders understand that this proposed Bill is critical to New Zealand’s future.
A range of views were expressed and these are all being carefully considered by Ministers as part of putting together the proposed law. To see the submissions and a summary, follow the links below.
Ministers are also considering recent reports on the transition to a low emissions economy from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and the Productivity Commission, along with economic modelling, the latest science and other relevant reports.
You will have a chance to put forward your views on the proposed law as part of the Select Committee process early next year after the Zero Carbon Bill is introduced in Parliament.
Analysing the economic impacts of the transition to a low-emissions economy
It’s uncertain how the future will unfold and what the impacts of the Zero Carbon Bill and a new 2050 emissions reduction target will be on the economy and society at large.
The Ministry for the Environment has compiled a synthesis technical report, which consolidates a range of detailed studies and modelling to help us look at the impact of the transition to low emissions and climate resilience in New Zealand. While these studies can help us look ahead, each has different strengths and weaknesses, and the farther we look out, the less certain future impacts become.
Together, the following reports will support understanding and discussion of the Zero Carbon Bill proposals.
- Zero Carbon Bill economic analysis: A synthesis of 2050 economic impacts
- Modelling the transition to a lower net emissions New Zealand - Interim results
- Economic impact analysis of 2050 emissions targets: A dynamic computable general equilibrium analysis
- Countervailing forces: Climate targets and implications for competitiveness, leakage and innovation
- Emissions pricing impact on innovation and competitiveness: A review of the international literature
- The co-benefits of emissions reduction: An analysis
Many New Zealand organisations are taking action on climate change.
They include businesses in sectors you might expect such as waste, energy, farming and retail to more niche operations including a museum and zoo.
Find out about some of the initiatives that are happening.