Review of New Zealand’s Nationally Determined Contribution and biogenic methane

Review of New Zealand’s Nationally Determined Contribution and biogenic methane

Minister for Climate Change James Shaw has asked the Climate Change Commission to review New Zealand’s first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement.

The purpose of the review is to ensure the NDC is compatible with the goal, unanimously agreed by Parliament last year, of limiting global warming to 1.5 ̊C above pre-industrial levels.

An NDC is a statement of a country’s best efforts to address climate change over a set period. New Zealand has committed to an average 30 percent reduction on 2005 emission levels over 2021-2030.

Alongside this, the Minister has asked for advice on the potential reduction in biogenic methane, which might eventually be required by New Zealand as part of the global efforts under the Paris Agreement.

We will include the review in our public and stakeholder engagement programme and provide our advice alongside our recommendations for the first three emissions budgets.

A copy of Minister Shaw’s request to the Commission can be found here The Terms of Reference for the request are here