27 Apr 2023

Climate Commissioner: 'current pathway will not get us there'

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 27 April 2023
14596413 - smoking industrial chimneys against a blue sky

Photo: 123RF

The government needs to take more urgent and bold actions on climate change, or risk missing its own emissions targets for 2026 to 2030 according to the Climate Change Commission. 

The Commission says there needs to be quicker action on new renewable energy generation and electric vehicle charging infrastructure; more investment in public transport; direct funding for Māori to support emissions reduction; more support for farmers to transition, and a faster transition away from burning coal for heating in factories, schools and hospitals.

The Commission also takes aim at the Emissions Trading Scheme saying it makes getting to net zero far too reliant on forestry instead of making real cuts to emissions. Kathryn speaks with Climate Change Commissioner, Dr Rod Carr.