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Submission to Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

Since February 2018, Auckland Council has led the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Action Framework, with extensive cross-sector collaboration.

 

This included collaboration with the New Zealand Government in developing the framework and the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill in parallel.

 

In July 2018, Auckland Council submitted a response to the Zero Carbon Act, covering its position with additional input around the strength of the Act and the critical importance of a just transition.

 

In May 2019, the government proposed the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. Publc submissions to the amendment bill close on 16 July 2019.

 

The purpose of the amendment bill is to provide a framework by which New Zealand can develop and implement clear climate change policies that contribute to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

 

The main components of the bill include a new 2050 target and emissions budgets, establishment of an independent Climate Change Commission and the inclusion of adaptation. A draft submission from Auckland Council and CCOs was prepared with input across council departments, CCOs and discussions with mana whenua.

 

Main points include:

  • Support the establishment of an independent body to oversee and advise on New Zealand’s climate change commitments.
  • Advocate for a single target approach of net zero emissions (inclusive of all gases) by 2050. However, due to the current lack of scientific consensus on the correct warming impact of methane, the submission focusses on the split target approach.
  • Support the use of emissions budgets and plans, and the visibility and predictability that three consecutive five-year emissions budgets provide.
  • Support the inclusion of adaptation in the bill and the 6-year refresh of a national climate change risk assessment and adaptation plan to ensure the most significant risks are addressed in responsible timeframes.
  • Recommendation for stronger consideration of a just and equitable transition.
  • Recommendation for stronger inclusion of Te Ao Māori expertise and appropriate representation of Māori.
  • Advocate for a close partnership and support for local government.
  • Recommend  funding  support  to  be  provided  from  a  national  level  for  local implementation  of  resilience  measures.
  • Concerns  raised  about  the  ambiguity  and  limited consequences for failure to reach the 2050 targets and emissions budgets.

 

Source: Insights Report on Auckland Council.

 

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