Tuesday, 02 March 2021 11:55

More time for climate change submissions

Written by  Staff Reporters
Climate Change Commission chairman Rod Carr. Climate Change Commission chairman Rod Carr.

The Climate Change Commission is allowing more time for public submissions on its draft advice to the Government.

Consultation opened on February 1, with submissions initially due by March 14: deadline has been extended for two weeks now closing on March 28.

“We have heard from stakeholders that they need more time to consider our data and develop informed submissions,” Commission chair Dr Rod Carr says. 

“We needed to balance time needed by stakeholders to consider our data as part of their submissions, with the work evaluating submissions and determining their impact on our draft advice. The board felt two weeks provided this,” he says.

Carr expects “a significant number of submissions” for his team to analyse. About 350 submissions were received within the first three weeks.

“It is important to us that people are able to contribute to our work - which we hope results in a fundamental and lasting change for the direction of climate action in Aotearoa.

“We have had a fantastic response so far with more than 350 submissions. People are responding to our work productively and positively. 

“The Commission is clear that this is draft advice and is committed to true consultation. We are prepared to make changes in light of what we hear,” says Carr. 

The Commission must deliver its final advice to Government by May 31.

It is proposing first three emissions budgets for New Zealand and recommendations on the direction of the country’s first emissions reduction plan, which provides policy guidance to Government on how the emissions budgets could be met.

This draft advice explains how NZ can reach net zero emissions for long-lived gases by 2050, as outlined in the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act.

The Government then has until December 31 to decide whether to accept recommendations in the advice.

DairyNZ will be developing a submission on behalf of its levy paying farmers.

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says the Commission’s science-based approach is ambitious and challenging for all of New Zealand and farming is no exception.

 “The short-term 2030 and 2035 methane targets are ambitious, making the next 10-15 years the most important for adapting farm systems and investment in research and development solutions  for agriculture,” says  Mackle.

“As a sector, we are committed to producing sustainable food and remaining the world’s most emissions efficient. So, like every kiwi playing their part in addressing climate change, dairy must play our part too.”

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