Advice to Government
Part of our role includes providing the Government with proactive advice on key issues
We provide independent advice on matters we believe will impact Aotearoa's ability to meet its climate change goals.
It is our job to provide independent, evidence-based advice.
Our core work programme is set out in legislation, and requires us to deliver specific functions within set timeframes – like setting emissions budgets, and advising the government on how to manage climate change impacts and effects.
We also provide independent advice to government on topics that we feel it is important to draw attention to – or as part of feeding into work happening on climate related legislation. Our independence means we can hold the Government to account and focus on the bigger picture – we are in this for the long haul.
New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZ ETS)
We want to make the NZ ETS as effective as possible to help Aotearoa transition to a low emissions economy.Learn more
Explore our advice related to agriculture emissions measurement, management and pricing.Learn more
Advice on the draft National Adaptation Plan
In June 2022, the Commission provided advice in response to the Government's consultation on the draft National Adaptation Plan.Learn more
Synthetic nitrogen - further analysis
Through consultation on our draft advice, we received submissions asking us to look at synthetic nitrogen use in more detail. We took that feedback onboard and carried out further analysis.Learn more
Nationally Determined Contribution
To support the government’s decision making on the NDC, we provided a note on how much abatement towards an NDC might be achievable domestically.Learn more
Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa
Advice to the New Zealand Government on its first three emissions budgets and direction for its emissions reduction plan 2022 – 2025.Learn more
Response to COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Bill
We gave feedback to the Minister for the Environment David Parker on the Government's proposed changes to the Resource Management Act (RMA) to fast track consents in an effort to stimulate recovery following COVID-19.Learn more
Response to Budget 2020
We have reached the point where climate change needs to be our focus for future investments. We acknowledge this is a time of huge uncertainty, but it is also one of opportunity.Learn more
Six principles for economic recovery
When the Government announced plans for Aotearoa's economic recovery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we provided six principles to put a climate lens on the investment.Learn more
Reviewing Aotearoa’s NDC and biogenic methane
We have been asked to review Aotearoa’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement, and to provide advice on biogenic methane emissions.
Interim Climate Change Committee reports
Our predecessor was the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC). Read the ICCC reports that laid the foundation for our work now.Learn more
Capital investment in Ināia Tonu Nei scenarios
Further analysis on the implications of meeting the emissions budgets for levels of capital investment across the economy.Learn more