Our targets and emissions projections

This page provides an overview of New Zealand's historic and projected emissions as we head towards our 2030 target.

The chart below shows historic and projected emissions as we head towards our 2030 target. The gap between the green line and the annual carbon budgets show how much we need to reduce emissions by to achieve our target (the level of ambition).

It won’t be easy to meet our 2030 target - there will be a cost to the economy and we’ll need to make changes – that’s why we say our target is ambitious. This will require changes to our economic activity, a concerted effort to plant more trees and access to high integrity international carbon markets.

New Zealand’s emissions and targets

Data file [Excel, 337 KB]

Notes on this chart

  • Net target emissions includes gross emissions minus the subset of forestry and land use removals that can be counted towards our target, but does not include international unit purchases.
  • The rules to account for emissions and removals from forestry and land-use activities differ between the 2008–2012, 2013–2020 and 2021-2030 target periods.
  • The calculation of New Zealand’s 2021-30 carbon budget is based on the latest available emissions data and projections which are subject to change. The details of the final methodology for forestry and land use are also still being confirmed. New Zealand will update how the target is reflected as better data and projections become available.
  • Net emissions for Kyoto Protocol Commitment Period 1 have been recalculated using Assessment Report Four (AR4) global warming potentials for consistency of presentation.

For more information on the targets and how we measure, account and report on emissions see About our emissions reduction targets or Measuring, accounting for and reporting our emissions.