WWF-New Zealand calls on the government to review the country’s 2030 climate target after the country was ranked ‘low’ in the Climate Change Performance Index 2017, released today.
The Index, published each year by Germanwatch, the Climate Action Network International, and the NewClimate Institute, compares the performance of 60 countries on climate change, ranks New Zealand 33rd behind countries like the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and Egypt – and well behind the European Union as a whole.
“This is yet another report showing New Zealand has been lagging behind on climate action,” said WWF-New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Livia Esterhazy. “The new government has an historic opportunity to chart a different course, and show the world that Kiwis are innovative and passionate, and not afraid to stand up to big problems.”
The Index ranks New Zealand highly on renewable electricity generation, but ranks the previous government’s 2030 emissions reduction target of 11% below 1990 levels very poorly. Other policy responses from the previous government, and our high per capita emissions and energy use, also received poor ratings.
“When an international ranking places New Zealand’s 2030 target as the fourth worst out of 60 countries, that should be a big wake-up call,” Ms Esterhazy said. “This is the second international report in just the last two weeks to say that our existing target is way off track”.
“WWF encourages new Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, to use his chance at the UN climate talks in Bonn this week to promise to review our 2030 target, and set a new target that’s consistent with getting to net zero emissions by 2050. This, combined with the new government’s commitment to passing a Zero Carbon Act will send a clear signal that New Zealand takes climate change seriously.”
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