The Ministry for the Environment has launched a consultation titled ‘Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future’ to hear New Zealanders’ views on what should be included in the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan. The scope of this proposed Plan is enormous – we can expect its implementation to have profound effects on the way Kiwis live, work, and get around Aotearoa New Zealand.

View the discussion document here.

The consultation document sets out new ideas for meeting emissions budgets for the next 15 years, starting from the 2022 to 2025 period, and following in five-year increments. In the document, the government broadly accepts the climate commission's emissions budgets. This RNZ article provides some context.

The Government has stated that the Emissions Reduction Plan has been delayed in order that it is coordinated with Budget 2022.

The Ministry for the Environment is hosting a series of webinars, including seven specifically on the role of Māori in the transition.

Taituarā is preparing a submission on behalf of the local government sector. We encourage those interested to make their own council submission, and/or contribute to the Taituarā one on behalf of the sector by contacting Raymond Horan, our Chief Advisor. The consultation will close on 24 November 2021.