What is the purpose of the Interim Climate Change Committee?

The Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC) is a Ministerial Advisory Committee appointed by the Climate Change Minister with the agreement of Cabinet.

The purpose of the Committee is to provide independent evidence and analysis on issues in the Terms of Reference that will be passed to a Climate Change Commission to inform its recommendations.

What are the Terms of Reference for the ICCC?

The primary deliverables of the ICCC are to provide analysis on: how surrender obligations could best be arranged if agricultural methane and nitrous oxide emissions enter into the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, and planning for the transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2035. Go here for the full Terms of Reference.

We’ve subsequently clarified those Terms further, with an outline of our work programme. This was provided in a letter to the Minister. Go here to read the Work Programme Update letter.

When did the ICCC start?

The ICCC officially started work on 1 May 2018.

Who is the Committee Chair?

The Committee is chaired by Dr David Prentice. Dr Prentice brings a wealth of economic, commercial and international market experience and was most recently CEO and Managing Director of infrastructure firm Opus International Consultants.

Who are the Committee members?

The ICCC Committee members are: Lisa Tumahai (Deputy Chair), Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu; Dr Harry Clark, Director of New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre; Dr Keith Turner, former CEO of Meridian Energy; Dr Jan Wright, former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment; with specialist advisor Dr Suzi Kerr, Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research (Dr Kerr's term finished 30 April 2019).

For further information on the makeup of the Committee, go to Meet the Committee.

What is the legal identity of the ICCC? Is it an independent body?

The ICCC is a Ministerial Advisory Committee and the Members are appointed by the Minister. The Committee possesses a degree of independence and arms-length status in its analysis and engagement with government departments and stakeholders.

We are expected to function as an independent entity as we prepare our evidence and analysis to inform a future Climate Change Commission. But being independent does not mean we work in isolation.

We actively listen and engage across industry and key sectors, including the agricultural sector, with Iwi/Māori, the research community and agencies and commercial organisations that have already undertaken considerable research and analysis.

Why is the ICCC engaging with so many groups?

We recognise a collaborative approach is critical to inform meaningful and reasonable transition pathways to achieving a new emissions target by 2050.

Our recommendations will include trade-offs and some economic impacts, and we are confident we can work with the wider New Zealand community to identify pathways that meet both, our targets, and provide a just transition toward them.

What are the final products/deliverables of the Interim Committee?

On 30 April 2019 we delivered our final reports on the key questions identified in our Terms of Reference.

Embargoed copies were delivered to the Minister for Climate Change, as well as the Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Energy and Resources. Ministers did not have an opportunity to give feedback to the Interim Committee or otherwise influence the report’s content before general release.

The reports can be found here:

What is the Committee doing now?

Since we delivered our final reports to Government on 30 April 2019 we are underway with the next phase of our work programme. Our focus in this phase is on leadership, evidence and connectedness – the critical elements required to put the independent Climate Change Commission in the best possible position to hit the ground running when it is established. To prepare technical foundations, the ICCC is currently:

  • Prototyping a sectoral approach, focusing on the transport sector
  • Assessing data and modelling needs in the land use sector
  • Developing a high-quality, sector-wide model to inform emissions budgets
  • Building foundations for assessing iwi/Māori, community, regional and generational impacts.
Where can I find out more about the Interim Committee's current work programme?

Our priorities are outlined in our letter of 7 May 2019 to the Climate Change Minister. You can read our letter, together with the Minister's response here.

How can I get in touch with the Interim Climate Change Committee?

You can find all our contact details on our Contact Us page.

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