New Zealand is party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which enables countries to collectively deal with climate change. The Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement have shaped New Zealand’s response to climate change, and through these we have signed up to meet emission reduction obligations.
The Paris Agreement follows on from the Kyoto Protocol and comes into effect in 2020. The overarching objective is to keep the global average temperature below 2°C on pre-industrial levels.
Under the Paris Agreement, the New Zealand Government has an economy-wide target to reduce absolute GHG emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
Meeting these reduction targets will be a challenge for all sectors across New Zealand. As agriculture plays a large part in New Zealand’s emissions, the Dairy Action for Climate Change has been developed to establish the foundation to address emissions.
For more information about New Zealand’s involvement in international agreements for GHG emissions visit the Ministry for the Environment website.
Climate Change Science
The video below shows how human activities impact climate change.