New Zealand is using a system of emissions budgets to meet legislated 2050 emission reduction targets.

  • An emissions budget is the cumulative amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted over a certain period.
  • The Emissions Reduction Plan will set policies and strategies for meeting the first emissions budget (2022-2025) and set the direction for climate action.

The emissions budgets (first budget covers 2022-2025) are available here. New Zealand's first Emissions Reduction Plan was published in May 2020 - click here to read it.

Submission summaries

The first emission budgets and emissions reduction plan were published in May 2022. The Environment Committee Komiti Taiao invited public submissions on  Te Hau mārohi ki anamata Towards a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy—Aotearoa New Zealand’s First Emissions Reduction Plan.

Click here to read HortNZ's submission.

The Government  consulted on the draft emissions reduction plan in late 2021 - Te hau mārohi ki anamata - Transitioning to a low-emissions and climate-resilient future.

Click here to read HortNZ's submission

The Climate Change Commission has a role set out in legislation, which includes providing independent, expert advice to Government.

Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa, is the Climate Change Commission advice to Government on its first three emissions budgets and for its emissions reduction plan 2022-2025. It includes advice on:

  • The first three emissions budgets to put Aotearoa on track to meeting emissions targets
  • The direction of policy that should be included in the Government's first emissions reduction plan.

The Commission ran public consultation on their draft advice in Feb-March 2021, which HortNZ submitted on.

Click here to read HortNZ's submission.