Fourth Biennial Report released
Today we released New Zealand’s fourth biennial report, which presents New Zealand’s progress towards our international climate commitments.
Climate Change Commission established
Today the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, announced the establishment of the Climate Change Commission and the team of experts who have been appointed as Commissioners.
Consultation opens on businesses assessing and reporting their climate-related financial risks
The Minister for Climate Change has announced the start of public consultation on a new regime that would require companies to assess and report their climate-related financial risks. This will ensure that companies understand and disclose how climate change will impact both their business and investments.
Why climate change matters
Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge of our time. It is already affecting our climate, agriculture, native ecosystems, infrastructure, health and biosecurity. If left unchecked it will have broad social and economic impacts.
We cannot afford to ignore what is happening in New Zealand and globally.
We all have a role to play
We all need to work on ways to cut our emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change and become more resilient to the changes that are coming.
Likely impacts of climate change
Our changing climate will affect our economy, environment and way of life. We are uncertain about the pace and scale of future change. We do know that planning for the future means planning for a different climate.
New Zealand needs resilient systems able to deal with the scale and pace of change.
What the Government is doing
The Government has a range of initiatives to help New Zealand transition to a low emissions economy and reduce the impacts of climate change.
State of our atmosphere and climate
Our national data gives us a picture of the state of our atmosphere and climate and how it is changing.
This data is essential for making informed decisions and measuring our progress towards our climate change targets.