We provide advice to the government on how Aotearoa can meet its climate goals, and we monitor the government's climate progress
Our work requires us to think broadly about the potential impacts and effects of climate change.
We take a wider system view of climate change. Ecology and the environment, how any changes would affect individuals and households, what our advice would mean for business, our society, and our economy are all aspects of the system we are considering. And just to keep things interesting – we need to think about all of this across different demographic groups, different regions and places, and over time.
One of our roles is in questioning thinking about climate change. That means thinking in central and local government, the private sector and amongst whānau. There will be times when our advice is challenging. But to create real change, it is vital. A difficult journey can be a success if it is inclusive, so we want to be curious and open. We need to consider all New Zealanders’ perspectives and take everyone on the journey with us. We will engage and consult multiple times as we form our advice.
How we work
We are committed to leading a fair and equitable transition that ensures a thriving, climate-resilient Aotearoa for future generations.Learn more
Advice to Government
Part of our role includes providing the Government with proactive advice on key issues. This includes issues that could impact Aotearoa’s ability to meet its climate change goalsLearn more
We are tasked with monitoring and reporting on the government’s progress towards achieving Aotearoa's climate change goals.Learn more
We're developing advice on reducing emissions, and moving towards our 2050 target of a net-zero, low-emissions AotearoaLearn more
The role of methane
What is the role of methane in climate change? Who decides how much it needs to reduce and by when for Aotearoa to meet its climate targets?Learn more
Planning for adaptation now will help us respond to the impacts of climate change.Learn more
To achieve our climate targets we need to understand where our emissions come from, what our national and international commitments are, and what our role is in global climate action.Learn more