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.
We have a programme of work underway to look at measurement, management and pricing of agricultural emissions and also what assistance – if any – is needed for agricultural emissions 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
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.Learn more
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
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 – 2025Learn 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.
Consultation on proposed Emissions Trading Scheme settings
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.Learn more