Progress towards our international climate-change commitments

New Zealand is committed to both domestic and international climate change progress. As a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol we report our actions in New Zealand’s National Communication and Biennial Reports.    

Read the latest reports

•    Fourth Biennial Report Snapshot (2019)
•    New Zealand’s Fourth Biennial Report (2019) 
•    New Zealand's Seventh National Communication (2017) and Third Biennial Report (2017)

About the reports

The National Communication and Biennial Report are mandatory reporting requirements for New Zealand as an Annex 1 Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol.

They summarise New Zealand’s domestic greenhouse gas emissions profile, climate change policies and measures, our support for developing countries, and progress on implementing our obligations under the UNFCCC. The Fourth Biennial Report updates the Third Biennial Report and parts of the Seventh National Communication that were published in 2017.

Much of the content of the reports synthesises existing information on New Zealand’s emissions profile and policy measures.

Information that is not included elsewhere, or is summarised in a new way includes:

  • an estimate of the quantitative effect of policies and measures in place at July 2019 on emission levels
  • an explanation of how New Zealand intends to meet its 2020 emissions reduction target
  • detailed emission projections to 2035, by sector
  • a detailed breakdown of New Zealand’s financial and technological and capacity-building support to developing countries.

The reports are produced by us in collaboration with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Ministry of Transport, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the Treasury, Statistics New Zealand, Tokelau’s Ministry for Climate Oceans and Resilience and Tokelau’s National Statistics Office.

The reports are submitted to the UNFCCC.

Submitted national communications 

Submitted biennial reports