To stabilise the climate for future generations, emissions across the entire economy must be reduced immediately. Creating a just transition to a net zero emissions economy is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform our economy and society for the better.
Climate change policy should be based on the best available science
- An independent Climate Change Commission will advise the government.
- Government should fund extensive research into the effects of the changing climate.
- Government policy should recognise the differences between greenhouse gases, but total emissions must rapidly be significantly reduced and eventually reach net zero.
Immediate, widespread action is needed to stabilise the climate
- All polluting sectors should pay the costs of their emissions and there should be no free rides. Emissions pricing should be transparent and should incentivise emissions reduction.
- Foresters should be adequately rewarded for the carbon their trees sequester.
- Subsidies to the fossil fuel sector should be rapidly phased out, in New Zealand and globally.
Social equity and a just transition is essential to reducing emissions in a fair way
- Revenue from emissions pricing should fund a just transition, and be recycled back to households and vulnerable businesses.
- Government support should be available to directly affected communities, and we should prioritise measures that reduce emissions, such as warmer homes and reduced traffic congestion.
Resilience and adaptation should prioritise vulnerable communities
- Central government should provide leadership, such as through the RMA, but local communities must have freedom to adapt in their own appropriate ways.
- Government support is required to protect biodiversity in the changing climate.
Actions to achieve net zero emissions must be aligned with te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Government policy should protect iwi, hapu, whanau, or the Māori economy.
- Government should specifically address the impacts of the changing climate on Māori communities that rely on fisheries, shellfish, and forests for food and employment.
- New Zealand should play lead internationally and show how other countries can take action
We are a Pacific country and we have obligations to our Pacific neighbours.
- New Zealand should seek to ensure international agreements are science-based, transparent, have environmental integrity, are binding, and are fair.
- Our diplomats should prioritise emissions reduction and climate stabilisation across all their international relations work, including overseas development assistance.
- Global affairs and trade policies should align with the urgent need to reduce emissions.