This page lists government agencies with responsibilities for climate change and outlines their roles.
Ministry for the Environment
The Ministry is responsible for leading the development, coordination and implementation of ‘whole-of-government’ climate change policy.
- provide advice to the Minister for Climate Change Issues on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emission-reduction targets
- manage policy development for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme
- coordinate central government's adaptation work programme
- report on greenhouse gas emissions under both the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol.
- are designated national authority for the Clean Development Mechanism (a market mechanism designed to help developed countries reduce the costs of meeting their emissions targets).
We report to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Hon Paula Bennett [Beehive website].
Other government agencies with climate change functions
Functions described below primarily relate to climate change mitigation. Climate change adaptation roles and responsibilities are outlined on the Adaptation and central government web page.
Environmental Protection Authority
The EPA manages the administration of the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS) including compliance, reporting and market information. It also operates the New Zealand Emission Unit Register (NZEUR).
Ministry of Transport
The Ministry of Transport leads work on biofuels, electric vehicles, other alternative fuels and technologies, and the energy efficiency of commercial fleets.
Ministry for Primary Industries
The Ministry for Primary Industries contributes to government policy on climate change in a number of areas including:
- policy development and implementation of the NZ ETS
- the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change Plan of Action [MPI website]
- adaptation to climate change
- other funding and research activities relating to agriculture and forestry policy.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is responsible for energy policy. Other activities include research into carbon capture and storage, energy information and modelling.
The Ministry also has a role in promoting New Zealand’s innovation system by providing science and technology policy advice to the Government, some of which relates to climate change or low emissions technology. It is also responsible for investing money in science and research on behalf of the New Zealand Government, including research on climate change.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority supports and promotes energy efficiency and energy conservation, and the use of renewable sources of energy in New Zealand.
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for leading New Zealand’s international climate change negotiations. A number of other agencies contribute to and support this work.
The New Zealand Treasury
The New Zealand Treasury provides information, research and economic perspectives on climate change policy.
Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation is responsible for conserving the natural and historical heritage of New Zealand. It also manages large tracts of native forest and provides policy advice on climate change issues where they relate to conservation issues.
Local government authorities (regional, district and unitary authorities)
Local government authorities are primary responsibility for regulating resource use in New Zealand and for promoting the environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being of communities. They are required to have regard to the effects of climate change. Many are active in promoting emissions-reductions policies and measures and adaptation actions in their respective regions.