New Zealand Government Unveils Five-Point Climate Strategy

New Zealand’s coalition Government has announced the launch of its Climate Strategy, what it claims is a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects. 

Climate Change Minister Simon Watts said: “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s commitment to delivering on our climate change goals.” 

The pillars are: 

  • Infrastructure is resilient and communities are well prepared
  • Credible markets support the climate transition
  • Clean energy is abundant and affordable
  • World-leading climate innovation boosts the economy, and
  • Nature-based solutions address climate change.

“Households, businesses, and our economy are already feeling the effects of climate change. We have seen what severe weather can do to infrastructure and property, and how that disrupts our supply chains and communities,” Watts said.

“Our Government has committed to meeting our climate change targets – reducing net emissions is one of the nine Government targets to achieve better results from the public service.”

The New Zealand government said it will also soon be consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan for the period 2026-2030. This will form the basis of the government’s response to reduce New Zealand’s emissions.

“The Emissions Reduction Plan will set out policy proposals across the five pillars and focus on the largest drivers of emissions in New Zealand – energy, transport, agriculture, and waste sectors,” Watts added.