31 Oct 2017

NZ points to Zero Carbon Act to curb emissions

From , 4:04 pm on 31 October 2017

New Zealand's new climate change minister James Shaw says he believes planned legislation will lower New Zealand's emissions to support targets sought by Pacific Island countries.

Under the Paris Agreement, the global commitment is to limit warming to below 2 degrees above the pre-industrial level, but Pacific countries want the temperature rise to be capped at 1.5 degrees.

Walter Zweifel asked Mr Shaw how New Zealand's position changed with a new government coming to power.

Green Party leader James Shaw.Green Party leader James Shaw.

Green Party leader James Shaw. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller