The Interim Climate Change Committee began work this week as one of the key steps towards establishing an independent Climate Change Commission next year.
Interim Committee Chair Dr David Prentice says, “I’m delighted to be working with such high-calibre Committee Members, all of whom are leading experts in key climate change areas we are tasked with looking at.”
The purpose of the Interim Committee is to provide independent evidence and analysis on issues identified in the Terms of Reference. This will be handed over to an independent Climate Change Commission in 2019 to inform its recommendations to Government.
“We know we have significant and challenging work ahead of us in the coming months. We recognise that a collaborative approach is critical to inform the Government’s goal of achieving a net zero emissions target in the long-term for New Zealand.”
Dr Prentice says that although the Interim Committee is independent it will not be working in isolation.
“Later in the year we will be actively seeking feedback from our stakeholders around the country to help inform our work. We will be transparent, and listen and engage across industry and key sectors, including the agricultural sector, with Māori, the research community and agencies and commercial organisations that have already undertaken considerable research and analysis. ”
Dr Prentice acknowledged the Productivity Commission’s Low-emissions economy Draft report released last week.
“We welcome this draft report as it is clear a tremendous amount of work has gone into it. It’s very timely and will provide valuable insight to help inform our thinking.”
The other Committee Members are Lisa Tumahai (Deputy Chair), Dr Harry Clark, Dr Keith Turner and Dr Jan Wright, with specialist advisor Dr Suzi Kerr.
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