We want to protect our country and its landscapes for our grandchildren and their children.
Under the Paris Agreement, we have signed up to a fair and ambitious target of reducing emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Our challenge now is reaching that target while still growing the economy and creating jobs. New Zealand’s emissions have fallen eight per cent per person since National took office, meaning we are growing more efficiently, but we need to do more.
With more than 85 per cent renewable electricity generation already, we are off to a good start. We are now looking at how we can reduce emissions in other sectors such as agriculture.
We will not place unnecessary costs on business and will ensure the actions we take will lead to better environmental outcomes. There is no point in shutting down businesses here, only for them to go offshore to less environmentally friendly places.