Minister Shaw’s speech on the Emissions Reduction Plan

 Minister Shaw’s speech on the Emissions Reduction Plan

Kia ora koutou,

Over the next few months Ministers will be making important decisions about how the Government intends to meet Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions budgets and, therefore, what goes in the final Emissions Reduction Plan.

The Minister of Climate Change will address business, unions, Māori, and environmental organisations today about the five principles he wants to see guiding these decisions.

They are:

·         Prioritising a just transition – to mitigate and adapt to climate change in a way that creates good jobs and ensures no one is left behind

·         Science-led response – to ensure Aotearoa New Zealand plays its part fully in global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, as set out in the Paris Agreement

·         Enhancing the role of nature based solutions – to maximise opportunities that both cut emissions and help to restore indigenous biodiversity 

·         Genuine partnership with Māori – to ensure a te Tiriti-led approach to the transition and the application of a tikanga Māori lens to the Emissions Reduction Plan

·         A clear, ambitious, and affordable path – to provide business with the long-term certainty it needs to invest in low carbon solutions

Attached is an embargoed copy of the Minister’s speech which will be delivered at 12pm today at the ASB Building, Level 20, 1 Willis Street, Wellington. Media wishing to attend are welcome to arrive from 11.45am.

Following release of the Climate Change Commission’s final advice in June, work is underway across Government on an Emissions Reduction Plan that will set out how the Government intends to meet Aotearoa New Zealand’s emissions budgets.

The Zero Carbon Act requires that from December 2021, there must be one current and two prospective emissions budgets in place at any one time. The first budget will cover the period 2022 – 2025, the second will cover 2026 – 2030 and the third 2031 – 2035. The Climate Change Commission has provided advice on the level of these emissions budgets and the direction of the policy required in the Emissions Reduction Plan. The Zero Carbon Act requires that the Emissions Reduction Plan be published before the end of the year.

It is important to note that Cabinet has not made any decisions yet about the emission budgets, nor what will be included in the Emissions Reduction Plan. Minister Shaw’s speech sets out the principles he would like to see guiding these decisions.

Danny

CrestDanny Stevens (he/him) | Strategic Communications ManagerOffice of Hon James ShawMinister of Climate Change – Minita Take ĀhuarangiAssociate Minister for the Environment (Biodiversity) – Minita Tuarua mō te Taiao (Rerenga Rauropi) Room 2-025, Parliament House | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand
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