We provide independent, evidence-based advice to Government to help Aotearoa New Zealand transition to a low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. 

We also monitor and review the Government’s progress towards our emissions reduction and adaptation goals.

ETR submission

On February 10 2020, we provided a written submission to the Environment Committee on the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Bill 2019. The submission can be found here.

ETS submission

On February 28 2020, we provided a written submission to the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation on proposed settings for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

At a high level, we have fed back that it’s encouraging to see the Emissions Trading Scheme being strengthened, but that improvements are needed to provide more transparency and better align the unit supply and price control settings with the legislative objectives and framework.

We hope our feedback on this will make the proposals more robust, highlight further work that’s needed, and enhance transparency and understanding of the NZ ETS.

The submission can be found here.

Call for evidence

From 19 September – 15 November 2019, the Interim Climate Change Committee opened a Call for evidence on options available to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2022 to 2035. The Committee received 77 responses from a wide range of organisations and individuals and the responsibility of considering this data transferred to the Commission in December 2019.

The information received in the Call for evidence has been added to the evidence base the Commission will draw upon in forming the emissions budgets. It was made clear through the process that we would publish material we received for public release in early 2020.

The following are those responses and their supporting evidence. Please note some larger submissions are still being processed and uploaded.

Alltech NZ

Andy Barratt

Apricus NZ

Big Street Bikers


Bioenergy Association




City Rail Link

Concrete New Zealand

Deer Pro

Deirdre Kent

Dr Alexandra Macmillan

Dr Paul Callister

Dr Paul Winton

Dr Rocky Renquist

Dr Roger Blakeley


Elemental Group

Energia Potior


  • Response
  • Evidence – NZ Government Presentation



  • Response
  • Evidence – Emissions profile infographic

Forest and Bird

Global Ecofuel Solutions

Golden Bay Cement

Great South

Hiringa Energy

Horticulture NZ

Lucy Hicks

Manawatu District Council



National Energy Research

NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities

NZ Green Building Council

NZ Wind Energy Association

NZ Pork

Oliver Bruce


Pioneer Energy

Plant for good from Fonterra


Robert McLachlan

Robert Tromop

Roger Blakeley


SRD Consulting


Sustainable Dunedin City

Sustainability Council

Tāne’s Tree Trust


Todd Corporation




Venture Taranaki

Waikato Tainui

Zest Biotech