We are calling for evidence on options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2022 to 2035.

Why are we doing this?

The Interim Climate Change Committee is the precursor to the proposed Climate Change Commission, expected to be established in late 2019 under the Zero Carbon Bill(external link). The Bill provides a framework to help New Zealand deliver on the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

A key part of the proposed Commission’s work will be to advise the Government on emissions budgets.

Emissions budgets set the total emissions of all greenhouse gases permitted in the relevant budget period. The Government will set emissions budgets based on the proposed Commission’s advice.

Why are we doing this now?

We are running this call for evidence now as foundation work for the proposed Climate Change Commission to enable it to start work immediately as soon as it is set up.

It will help identify relevant information for developing these emissions budgets, and to maintain a broad, robust and transparent approach in developing the proposed Commission’s evidence base.

We have been asked to do this through our Terms of Reference [PDF, 164 KB]. This work is also outlined in our letter to the Minister for Climate Change on 7 May 2019 [PDF, 113 KB] here

What are we looking for?

We are looking for high-quality, credible evidence that will support the proposed Commission’s work on emissions budgets. This is likely to include knowledge and evidence of technologies and options to reduce emissions, and the economic, environmental, cultural and social impacts of them. We are not looking for personal views or opinions.

What if I have already made submissions on similar topics?

If you have already submitted evidence as part of a consultation run by Government agencies, such as the Zero Carbon Bill or the Ministry of Transport’s Clean Car Standard and Discount, then we are happy for you to point us to those submissions, noting the key information or material that relates to our call for evidence.

What will we do with the evidence we gather?

We will use this information to inform our initial work on emissions budgets and add to the evidence base the proposed Commission will draw upon.

The full Call for Evidence and Response Form is here [DOCX, 63 KB].

The media advisory and FAQs are here [PDF, 333 KB]

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