New Zealand’s government has introduced an ambitious climate change bill that aims to make the nation carbon neutral by 2050 while giving some leeway to farmers.
However, some farming industry groups say the measures remain too onerous and threaten the future of regional communities, while some environmentalists say the bill doesn’t go far enough because there are no penalties for noncompliance.
The bill represents a campaign promise from the liberal government that was elected 18 months ago. The government has also promised to plant 1 billion trees over 10 years and ensure that the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy by 2035.
The bill would require all greenhouse gases except methane to be reduced to net zero by 2050. Methane emissions would be reduced by up to 47 per cent.