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:
Source: Insights Report on Auckland Council.