Parliamentary report calls for Climate Change Commission

A report released on Thursday by New Zealand’s Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment calls on the New Zealand government to establish a Climate Change Commission.

The report, Stepping Stones to Paris and Beyond, sets out five clear recommendations including:

  • introducing Climate Change Transition Bill to establish binding carbon reduction targets;
  • establishing a five-year rolling carbon budget;
  • introducing carbon policies and reporting requirements;
  • establishing a Climate Change Commission as an independent Crown entity; and
  • developing a climate change adapation plan.

The report was drafted in response to proposals that New Zealand should follow the UK’s lead in introducing a climate change law in 2008 that established a transparent, quantifiable and accountable process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The full report can be found here: