LGNZ welcomes the introduction of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill as a necessary step towards
meeting our international obligations to reduce greenhouse gases in our economy.
Until now, mitigation measures were largely left to the exchange trading schemes and individual commitments from
organisations, but without targets these have lacked the necessary incentives to change behaviours.
“Local councils have long known that they must do their part to both lower their own emissions, and encourage the same
in their communities,” says LGNZ Vice-President Stuart Crosby.
“That’s why LGNZ welcome this Bill, as it provides further support for the work councils have been doing, notably
through the Draft sector position on mitigation
and the Stocktake of local government mitigation activity
“The vast majority of councils have also signed the Local Government Leader’s Climate Change Declaration
, which has displayed real leadership from the sector, so we commend for providing national direction through the Zero