10 Jun 2021

Climate Commission to government - don't delay on carbon cuts

From Nine To Noon, 9:08 am on 10 June 2021
Carbon dioxide emissions control concept. 3d rendering of co2 cloud on fresh spring meadow with blue sky in background.

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The government has until the end of the year to respond to the final report of the Climate Change Commission as to how the country will transition to carbon neutrality by 2050.

The final report of the Commission was released yesterday setting out a radical blueprint for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in three five-year budgets.

Among the recommendations are a move to electric vehicles, fewer cows, phasing out coal, no new gas connections, denser housing and a focus on new native forests.

The Commission says there is no time to waste, and delaying action any further will cost the economy dearly.

Kathryn speaks with Chair of the Climate Change Commission, Dr Rod Carr and Minister for Climate Change James Shaw.

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