Ministry for the Environment welcomes Climate Leaders Coalition

Date:  12 July 2018

Ministry for the Environment welcomes Climate Leaders Coalition

The Ministry for the Environment welcomes the new Climate Leaders Coalition of 60 businesses pledging to reduce emissions and play a leadership role on New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy.

Secretary for the Environment Vicky Robertson says the strong stance from the CEOs of businesses, that together contribute around 50 per cent of New Zealand’s emissions, is a significant step forward for New Zealand as we move to address climate change and meet our national commitments under the Paris Agreement.

This announcement follows the Farming Leaders Group commitment to work alongside the government to achieve net zero emissions from agriculture by 2050.

“If we are going to tackle the big environmental challenges that we face as a country, we need everyone playing a part – business, our farmers, government and individuals. 

“Our research shows that 75% of New Zealanders think that combating climate change is the responsibility of all New Zealanders. So, we congratulate the Climate Leaders Coalition and the Farming Leaders Group for fronting up with strong and clear commitments to reducing emissions.”

The 2017 atmosphere and climate report, part of the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ series reporting on the state of our environment, highlighted the significant impact that excess greenhouse gas emissions have on our climate and our oceans.

“Climate change brings big challenges, but also opportunity. We have the chance to upgrade our economy to a more productive and sustainable one over the next thirty years.

“A commitment to collective action by big names in New Zealand business and agriculture will not only accelerate New Zealand’s transition but demonstrates strong leadership to the rest of the world.

"The Ministry welcomes this future-focused leadership and will work alongside all sectors on New Zealand's transition to a low emissions economy," Ms Robertson said.