Our upcoming programme of work

We have a number of pieces of work coming up. Find out what advice we'll be giving through 2021 - 2022.

Note: This news article was first published in October 2021. For up to date information about our forward work programme, visit Our Upcoming Work.


As part of our role providing evidence-based, independent advice to Government, we have a number of pieces of work coming up. These are all set out in the Climate Change Response Act and will play a part in lowering emissions across Aotearoa.  

Advice over 2021 - 2022 includes:  

  • Emissions Trading Scheme unit limits and auction price control settings: early next year we will provide recommendations on limits and price control settings for units in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. This is the first in what will be annual advice we will provide to the Minister of Climate Change to feed into yearly updates to regulations on the NZ ETS settings.
  • Progress on primary sector climate change commitments: by June next year, we will report to the Minister on the primary sector’s readiness for a farm-level emissions pricing system. This advice will include an assessment of the progress that has been made towards meeting milestones for the primary sector outlined in the Climate Change Response Act. It will also consider how ready farmers are to start complying with reporting and surrender obligations. 

  • Agricultural assistance: under the Act Ministers must ask for our advice on what assistance, if any, should be provided to farmers in a future farm-level emissions pricing system. We will let you know when this request has been made and publish the Terms of Reference. 

We will also begin to think about our longer-term work. This includes monitoring and reporting the Government’s progress towards its emissions reduction plans and on the national adaptation plans for Aotearoa.  

This work will encourage an equitable transition to a climate-resilient and low-emissions Aotearoa and ensure our country delivers on its commitments to global climate change action. 

More information about our role and our work can be found in our Statement of Intent, and our Statement of Performance Expectations

We’re committed to engaging with Aotearoa on our work so it’s grounded in the most up-to-date information and reflects the knowledge and experience of New Zealanders. If anything in our work programme is of interest to you, please email hello@climatecommission.govt.nz and we’ll register your interest.