Climate Change Commission chair: NZ must play its part as a developed nation

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 31 Jan 2021, 4:14PM
More EVs is seen as one way to improve our climate ambitions. (Photo / Getty)
More EVs is seen as one way to improve our climate ambitions. (Photo / Getty)

Climate Change Commission chair: NZ must play its part as a developed nation

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 31 Jan 2021, 4:14PM

New Zealand is on track to fall millions of tonnes behind hitting emissions targets.

The Climate Change Commission has today issued long-awaited draft advice to the Government.

It warns we must cut back animal farming, stop non-electric car imports and de-carbonise the energy sector in 14 years.

There're also calls to end coal heating, bring in more forestry, greener homes and a waste-stripping "circular" economy.

Only then will we meet efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

But the change needed can be made using an existing technology - and for less than one per cent of GDP.

Commission Chair Rod Carr told the Weekend Collective they've offered a solution in today's draft advice.

"We think we need to have a more ambitious reduction - not 30 but 35 percent or much more - if we are going to play our part as a developed nation in the world we are in."

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