New Zealand has the best climate action plan in the world, according to a report released by a group of academics.
Key points: The report said the country has the most carbon emissions per capita in the OECD and the world The plan has been in place since 2020The report said there is an emphasis on energy efficiency, a reduction in the number of cars, and the expansion of renewable energy sourcesThe plan is already in place, the group of researchers saidThe plan will be presented to Parliament in the New Year ahead of a parliamentary vote in DecemberThe report, produced by the Australian National University, looked at a range of climate measures, including energy efficiency and the development of a new energy-saving policy, in order to show that New Zealand had the best-prepared plan in terms of carbon emissions and renewable energy targets.
Key points:The report has been produced by an international group of climate researchers and academicsIt is the latest in a series of climate research and policy reportsThe report found that New York and Germany have the most climate action plans in the US, while the United Kingdom has the least.
“The New Zealand plan has already been in effect since 2020, and it has seen the largest increase in carbon emissions of any country in the global index,” said Professor Greg Leffler, from the School of Sustainable Development at the University of New Zealand.
“New Zealand has already taken significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint and to significantly increase renewable energy usage.”‘
No silver bullet’Professor Lefflers report found there were two main areas where New Zealand could make the most progress.
First, he said, was in energy efficiency.
“A significant share of New Kiwis are in their cars and, even if we reduce car emissions, they will still still be burning carbon,” he said.
“We can do much more with a very small share of our population.”
Second, the plan has a focus on energy-efficient technologies, particularly rooftop solar, the expansion and use of renewable electricity sources, and increasing the use of battery storage.
“He said that, despite the focus on renewables, there was a lack of research and information on battery storage, and there was no plan in place to promote it.”
There is a significant gap between the level of investment that is made in the energy sector and the level that is done to encourage battery storage,” he added.
Professor Lefler said the report found the New Zealand Government’s focus on a national plan would be beneficial, but that the Government should also do more.”
It is essential that the National Government does not simply ignore the recommendations of the report and instead adopt the best practices in other jurisdictions and countries,” he told news.com.au.”
This report shows that we need to move from a focus only on the national plan to a national policy that provides the appropriate levels of investment in the sector.
“Professor Lefeler said while New Zealand was the most ambitious country in terms in the carbon emissions index, it would be better to focus on the country’s climate action.”
In terms of climate action, New Zealand is a very good country, but we need much more investment,” he explained.”
Our climate action could be much, much better if we focused on the economy, rather than the environment.
“Professor Richard Cunliffe, from Australian National Universtiy, also found the report positive.”
They have taken some great steps towards climate action and they are still doing it,” he, who was not involved in the report, said.”[But] the Government needs to invest in its own energy efficiency sector, which we have had to do with very limited funding and very little research.”‘
Trying to balance a global economy with a national carbon footprint’New Zealand’s government has been struggling to balance its economy and climate commitments.
The Government’s own climate action review found that its economy is heavily dependent on energy, and has failed to meet its own targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
What the report makes clear is that there is a serious mismatch between the country of New Guinean status and the country we actually are,” Professor Lefflin said.
He said the New Government needed to “treat the New Guines as a national economy, not as a global one, and to make sure we are not doing anything to make ourselves an example for other countries”.”
This is a national problem.
This is a problem for our economy,” he continued.”
As an international economy we need the right level of carbon pricing, but also to make the case to other countries that we are trying to balance the economy and the climate.
“Professor Cunleiffe said the Government needed more resources to make a difference.”
While it has made some progress, the Government has been unable to balance this with the needs of the national economy,” Professor Cunleniffe said.