9 Apr 2024

NZ could be more ambitious on emissions targets

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 9 April 2024
climate change

Photo: befunky.com

The government's independent climate advisers says the country is on track to meet its current emissions targets by mid century, except for methane, and that it could be more ambitious.

The Climate Change Commission says New Zealand's current effort does not meet international criteria for doing its fair share, when the target was set five years ago. The Commission begins consulting today on three draft proposals covering the country's current net zero and methane 2050 targets, whether emissions from international aviation and shipping should be part of climate targets,  and whether our emission budgets should be toughened up.

Commission Chair Rod Carr says our greenhouse gas emissions have fallen the past three years, prospects are looking stronger for methane-reducing technologies in farming, and land use is expected to change to see more trees planted.  He tells Kathryn Ryan there's no evidence New Zealand should be less ambitious.