Driving down emissions


Transport Minister Michael Wood says strong support for a range of potential policies to eliminate transport emissions reinforces the need to take action to tackle climate change

The Government has released the summary of submissions on Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi – Transport Emissions: Pathways to Net Zero by 2050, a Ministry of Transport report outlining potential policies and pathways to a net zero emission transport sector.

Michael Wood said that domestic transport emissions have increased by 90 per cent since 1990 and they need to fall significantly for us to reach our goal of net zero emissions by 2050”.

Out of the over 700 submissions, there was 93 percent support for Hīkina te Kohupara, and 81 percent of submitters called for a higher level of ambition to reduce Aotearoa’s emissions. There was broad support for three themes of changing the way we travel, improving our passenger vehicles, and supporting a more efficient freight system.

“We’ve listened and the feedback has been incorporated in the transport chapter of the all-of-Government draft Emissions Reduction Plan, which will be released in the coming weeks. This will outline the steps the Government proposes to take to drive down emissions,” Michael Wood said.

A summary of submissions received in response to Hīkina te Kohupara is available here