In 2019, Parliament introduced the Zero Carbon Framework to manage NZ’s transition to a low-emissions future. This framework established Aotearoa’s 2050 emissions reduction targets and the Climate Change Commission. It set in place a requirement for Government to set emissions budgets (five-yearly stepping stones to 2050 targets) and emissions reduction plans, following advice from the Commission.
In late 2021, the Ministry for the Environment invited consultation on the first emissions reduction plan (ERP), which will be published by 31 May 2022. This plan will set out the actions Aotearoa New Zealand will take to meet the first emissions budget and transition to a low-emissions future in a way that is achievable and affordable.
With the support of members and associated companies and organisations, the NZGA compiled this submission, to add a geothermal voice to the consultation.