Advice on the fourth emissions budget (2036–2040)

What should the maximum quantity of emissions for this five-year period be? Is there a need to revise emissions budgets one, two and three?


Every five years, the Commission reviews Aotearoa New Zealand's emissions budgets that have already been set, and recommends the maximum level of the next emissions budget.

We are preparing our advice on the fourth emissions budget, for the period 2036–2040. At the same time, we are assessing if there is a need to revise emissions budgets one, two, and three. These collectively cover the period 2022–2035, and have already been set by the Government.

We have released our draft advice on this and will be consulting between 8 April and 31 May 2024.

For supporting material, see: Modelling and data: Consultation on emissions reduction target and emissions budgets

A technical annex for this draft advice is also available: Technical Annex: Modelling and analysis to support the draft advice on Aotearoa New Zealand's fourth emissions budget [PDF – 1.26 MB]

Make a submission on our consultation site: Have Your Say | Climate Change Commission


Key dates

  • Call for evidence: 31 May – 31 July 2023. Read more

  • Consultation:  8 April – 31 May 2024. Make a submission

  • Final advice:  Due before 31 December 2024