On 31 January 2021 He Pou a Rangi Climate Change Commission released its first draft advice to Government on how to help Aotearoa transition to a climate-resilient and low emissions future.
The commission’s draft advice includes:
• Proposed national emissions budgets for 2022-2025, 2026-2030, and 2031-2035.
• A pathway to reach the proposed emissions reductions in areas of transport, building, electricity, natural gas use, industry and process heat, agriculture, forestry, waste, and hydrofluorocarbons.
• An analysis of contribution to global efforts to keep planetary warming to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels, including in relation to reducing biogenic methane emissions.
• Consideration of impacts on communities and sectors, including iwi, Māori businesses and communities.
• Recommendations to integrate strategy, policy and action across government and sectors.
For further information, the commission has held, and is hosting, a number of public Zoom sessions to discuss various aspects of the draft advice. A session on ‘Reducing emissions and perspectives from iwi/Māori’ has already been held and is available to watch here. To see what sessions are coming up, click here.
Te Rūnanga drafted a response to the commission’s advice, with feedback and input from whānau. The key points from the response include:
• Support the commission’s advice in principle.
• Support the timebound recommendations and necessary actions (see table 2 of briefing note for more information).
• Acknowledge the inclusion in the advice of the importance of rangatiratanga and kaitiakitanga, and the need to give effect to the Treaty partnership.
• Support the principles of fairness and equity for Māori communities and businesses, including the need to resource and support Māori to transition to a low emissions economy.
These key points were incorporated in the final Te Rūnanga submission that was provided to the Climate Change Commission and can be viewed here. We would like to thank everyone who provided feedback on the submission.
The Climate Change Commission will now analyse all the submissions (over 10,000) and will be providing the Government with their final advice on 31 May 2021.