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Foreword

This Review of New Zealand’s Climate Change Policies was conducted by a cross-departmental team involving representatives from the Treasury, Ministry for Economic Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry of Transport and the Ministry for the Environment. The Review was commissioned by Cabinet and the review team assembled by the Ministry for the Environment.

When the Government announced its climate change policy package in 2002, it was noted at the time that it would be important to regularly review the progress of the policy package and to continue to monitor innovative policy measures in other jurisdictions in order to assess how these could be of relevance to New Zealand.

The policy package required officials to provide annual reports that set out progress with existing policy and stated that more comprehensive reviews may be needed in 2005, 2007 and 2010.

  1. In June 2005, following revised projections of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions during the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period (2008-2012), a full review was commissioned by Cabinet.
  2. Cabinet instructed representatives from a range of government departments to conduct a fundamental review of New Zealand’s core objectives and policy approach. The resulting paper, with proposals for additional policy responses, was completed on 2 November and presented to the Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues on 9 November 2005.
  3. The Terms of Reference for the Review were wide-ranging, and sought advice on long-term options for climate change policy in New Zealand, as well as recommendations on how New Zealand should approach the more challenging task of meeting New Zealand’s commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
  4. The Review is now informing the Government as it seeks to improve New Zealand’s climate change policy to ensure we are able to address perhaps the most important environmental issue the world faces.