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Emissions Reduction Plan

What is the Emissions Reduction Plan?

The Emissions Reduction Plan will set out how New Zealand will meet its first emissions budget (2022-2025) and set the path towards meeting our long-term climate targets. It is a key step in the country's transition to a low emissions future.

Why an Emissions Reduction Plan is needed

In May 2021, the Climate Change Commission delivered its advice to the Government outlining how New Zealand can reach its 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets under the Climate Change Response Act 2002.

Under the Act, the Government must prepare an economy-wide Emissions Reduction Plan. The plan sets out policies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is leading the development of policies for the agriculture and forestry sectors.

Timeframe for publishing the plan

The Government intends to publish the first Emissions Reduction Plan setting out policies and strategies for meeting emissions budgets by 31 May 2022.

This timeframe allows the Government to align the final plan with Budget 2022, so organisations and communities will have more clarity on how the plan's delivery will be supported through Government investment.

Have your say on the plan

The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is leading overall consultation on the plan.

We would like to hear your views on what should be included in the plan. We would like to know if you think:

  • these are the right types of policies
  • if they go far enough
  • something should be changed.

This consultation will run for 6 weeks from 13 October until 24 November 2021.

Consultation document

Events and webinars planned

MPI is running 2 webinars with iwi/Māori on our climate change mahi to seek feedback on key issues, priority areas and potential impacts for iwi/Māori as this work is developed further in 2022.

The webinars will cover work on the forestry and climate change work programme, the Forestry and Wood Processing Industry Transformation Plan and efforts to reduce agricultural emissions, including the progress of the He Waka Eke Noa Climate Action Partnership.

MPI is committed to engaging with Iwi/Māori on this very important Kaupapa, and we invite you to attend one of the webinars and we look forward to hearing your views and perspectives.

To register in advance for the webinars, click on the link below:

MPI will send out email invitations with full details to iwi/Maori interest groups in advance of these webinars. The above webinars are open to all iwi/Māori, and you have any questions, contact

Making your submission

Details about the consultation and how to make a submission are on the MfE website.

Who to contact

For general enquiries about the forestry and agriculture proposals in the Emissions Reduction Plan, email

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He Waka Eke Noa Climate Action Partnership