“Although we contribute little to global emissions, as a country surrounded by oceans and an economy dependent on our land, we are not immune to the impact of climate change, so it is essential that we let’s do our part, ”Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement. A declaration.
Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw said in their joint statement that the previous target was not in line with global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above levels pre-industrial.
New Zealand’s previous goal was to reduce emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
The 2015 Paris Agreement committed signatories to keeping global warming “well below” 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, and preferably 1.5 degrees, but carbon levels in the atmosphere have increased. since increased.
“This decade is a defining decade for the planet,” Shaw said in the statement. “To have a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, science shows we now have about eight years to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by almost half.”
The New Zealand government put in place several policies to reduce emissions during its second term, including promising to make its public sector carbon neutral by 2025 and to purchase only zero-emission public transport buses. from the middle of this decade.