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Z’s submission on setting New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change target

04/06/2015 - Sustainability news

Gerri Ward

In December 2015, countries will meet in Paris to establish a new international climate change agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). An important part of the agreement will be the individual contributions that each country makes to address climate change. Specifically, all countries have been asked to put forward a target to reduce emissions after 2020 as part of their contribution, in advance of the Paris meeting.

The Government has called for submissions on the post-2020 climate change target. The timeframe for consultation was short (2 weeks) and public and business interest in submitting on what New Zealand’s contribution should be has been very high. In short, this is our one chance to influence what the New Zealand Government’s positon should be at international negotiations on climate change, at a critical point on this inarguable global environmental threat.

At Z we believe all parts of the economy have a role to play in reducing our emissions, from government and the public sector to households and the private sector. We believe New Zealand has the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to innovative and constructive solutions to climate change, and to benefit economically from them; locally and globally. Z is committed to being a part of this journey.

You can read Z’s submission here.