Nelson City Council supports Climate Change Bill

08/05/2019 1:42am

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says that Nelson City Council supports the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.

The Government today introduced to parliament the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill which sets out a climate change plan for the next 30 years, including a legally binding objective of limiting climate change to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius within this time period. 

In line with New Zealand's commitments under the Paris Agreement, the Government has also set a new emissions reduction target for all greenhouse gases, except methane, to net zero by 2050. 

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says that Nelson City Council supports the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill. 

“As a signatory to the Local Government New Zealand Climate Change Declaration 2017, we support this bill to establish an independent climate change commission and target net zero emissions by 2050. 

“Nelsonians are all too aware of the impacts that climate change could have on our city and our country. We have made climate change a major focus as part of our current Annual Plan and will continue to focus on what we can do now and into the future. 

“Setting a legislative limit on global warming over the next 30 years will help us, and the rest of local government throughout New Zealand, make sure that action will occur on a national scale.”