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Progress on review of submissions – Climate Change Commission

The Climate Change Commission is working through the 15,500 submissions to its first draft advice to the Government.

This exceeds the 15,000 submissions made in 2018 on the Zero Carbon Bill, which included the establishment of the Commission.

Chief Executive Jo Hendy says the submissions will strengthen their first package of advice to the Government.

“The level of constructive feedback we have received will ensure our advice to Government on the direction of its emissions reduction plan and emissions budgets are enduring and practical.”

“As an independent crown entity, our role is to provide the advice, but the Government must develop the detailed strategy and take action. Once we have handed over the advice, the ball is in its court.”

From next year they will start to monitor progress against those pieces of work.

Many of the responses, for example from representative groups, have bundled submissions on behalf of large numbers of members. In some cases, single emails included template submissions from hundreds or even thousands of people.

During the consultation phase, the Commission’s team held or attended around 200 events and talked with an estimated 4,000 people.

Submissions will be processed for release on their website once they have been analysed.