New Zealand passes law for net zero CO2 emissions by 2050

8 Nov 2019

The Parliament of New Zealand has adopted a law aiming to cut CO2 emissions to net zero by 2050, making the new 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target legally binding. The government had approved a law to make New Zealand carbon neutral by 2050, except for GHG emissions of the agricultural sector. According to the bill, methane emissions from animals will have a different treatment, but will still have to reduce by 10% by 2030 and by up to 47% by 2050. The bill also established a Climate Change Commission in charge of elaborating a roadmap and plan to be updated every five years.

In its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) submitted in 2016, New Zealand committed to reduce its GHG emissions to 30% by 2030, compared to its 2005 levels. In 2018, emissions without Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) reached 34.9 MtCO2. Over 30% of the country's emissions come from biological methane from livestock which is only submitted to a 10% reduction pledge by 2024.

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