This page provides information about the Climate Change Response Act 2002 and regulations under this Act.
Link to the Act and amendment Act
- Climate Change Response Act 2002 [New Zealand Legislation website]
- Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 [New Zealand Legislation website]
What the Act does
The Climate Change Response Act 2002 puts in place a legal framework to enable New Zealand to meet its international obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.
The Act includes powers for the Minister of Finance to manage New Zealand’s holdings of units that represent New Zealand’s target allocation for greenhouse gas emissions under the Protocol. It enables the Minister to trade those units on the international market. It establishes a registry to record holdings and transfers of units. The Act also establishes a national inventory agency to record and report information relating to greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with international requirements.
In 2019, the Act was amended by the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act.
These amendments provide a framework by which New Zealand can develop and implement clear and stable climate change policies that:
- contribute to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels
- allow New Zealand to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects of climate change.
This Act is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.
Regulations under this Act
There are seven regulations and four orders under this Act covering a broad scope of technical regulations including general exemptions, fishing allocation plan, eligible industrial activities, removal activities, stationary energy and industrial processes, synthetic greenhouse gas levies, the New Zealand Refining Company Limited, unique emissions factors, Unit Register, waste, forestry, and fossil fuels.
Read the regulations on the NZ Legislation website.