New Zealand’s first emissions reduction plan solicits public opinion

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The New Zealand Government is asking for the public’s opinion on the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document.

The documents contain a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions.

The Emissions Reduction Plan would the direction for climate action through to 2035.

It would out action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across a range of areas, including energy, transport, waste, agriculture, construction and financial services, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We are putting forward for discussion a range of ideas that would reduce emissions and can also create jobs and new for Kiwi businesses and economy,’’ Ardern said.

The government is to prioritise ideas that save money, like cleaner energy that leads to lower power bills, she said.

According to her, the Emissions Reduction Plan will be a key component of the post-COVID recovery.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw said the Plan to be released in 2022, would need to out future policy and regulatory change, as well as actions that could be taken by businesses, towns and cities, and every community.

It would also out how the transition would be in an inclusive and equitable way.

Consultation on the plan open until Nov. 24, he said.