Claims our agricultural and energy industries need more innovation to better combat global warming.
The most recent Climate Change Performance Index placed New Zealand 33rd of 60 countries on how we're responding to global warming.
New Climate Institute of New Zealand Founding Partner, Doctor Niklas Hohne said half of our greenhouse gas emissions are coming from agriculture.
He said there's been little improvement to the industry's environmental impacts for decades.
"New Zealand has quite high per capita emissions and they have not changed since 1990. So you have to reduce the energy related emissions and also the agriculture related emissions."
Hohne said we've got our work cut out for us in making our Paris Accord commitments.
"What New Zealand now has to do is to figure out a plan [of] how to reduce the emissions to zero. that's the real challenge going to zero."
LISTEN ABOVE AS NIKLAS HOHNE SPEAKS WITH MIKE HOSKING