New Zealand government releases first emissions reduction plan

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the biggest challenges we face in Aotearoa New Zealand. The New Zealand Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), released on Monday 16 May 2022, is a positive step to moving to a low-emissions economy over the next three decades.

It’s the strategies and policies that make the Zero Carbon Act 2019 happen. The ERP sets out how Aotearoa New Zealand will meet the first of its three emissions budgets (for the period 2022 to 2025). It summarises priorities for managing emissions in five important areas for business:

  • Transport
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Energy and industry
  • Building and construction
  • Waste, circular economy and bioeconomy.

The ERP also focuses on adapting the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS), managing biodiversity, learning from and incorporating Māori tikanga (customs) and providing transitional support for businesses, people and communities.

To read more or download the full report, click here.

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