The Zero Carbon Act has three main policy pillars: accountability, expertise, and transparency. These policy pillars will ensure that New Zealand’s climate change response is fair, cost-effective, and stays on track.
Accountability - The Act will create legally binding targets and duties. This means the Government can be taken to court and held to account by New Zealand citizens.
Expertise - An independent Climate Commission will provide expert advice on climate risks, targets, and pathways to a zero carbon future.
Transparency - The Act will promote long-term certainty and public engagement. It will create strict reporting provisions, and require targets and plans to be set years in advance.