Leadership of powerful new climate change committee named

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Today, youth climate change campaigners Generation Zero welcomed the announcement of the Interim Climate Change Committee, and congratulated the six experts selected to lay the groundwork for progressing a Zero Carbon Act for Aotearoa New Zealand.

"These are two of the most politically charged questions" in the government's climate change action agenda, said Shaw, with the committee and commission meant to take an independent view and make recommendations.

"It is wonderful to see Dr Jan Wright has been included in the Interim Committee".

"We wanted to get started on some of the big really thorny questions", Shaw said.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw said that in the meantime, work needed to begin on crucial issues such as how agriculture could begin paying for its climate pollution by being brought into the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Both the committee and the commission will seek to consult stakeholders and provide advice for the Government of-the-day - but will not set laws themselves.

Announced by Climate Change Minister James Shaw this afternoon, the interim committee has two specific tasks to complete ahead of the creation of a permanent body under the Zero Carbon Bill, which Parliament is considering at the moment, prior to the creation of a permanent Climate Commission next May.

The model is based on the UK's, where an independent Committee on Climate Change provides advice, reports, and key recommendations for Government on whether they are meeting their own climate goals.

Committee-member Wright, who recently finished her second term as the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, recommended in 2017 New Zealand follow the United Kingdom model. "The dairy industry must do its part alongside the wider economy to reduce and offset New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions".

The deputy chair of the committee is Lisa Tumahai, chairwoman of Ngai Tahu for the last five years.

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