Very excited to see the New Zealand Zero Carbon Bill passed … unanimously. Didn’t expect that but I’m very pleased.
We know that buildings can contribute significantly to reducing carbon emissions. Key to making that happen are deep changes in the building code and finding incentives for deep retrofits. Reaching zero carbon is going to take society-wide changes. The building sector is one of the few where the changes will save money, increase health and lower carbon … all at the same time.
From the Newsroom article.
“Targets will be set to keep warming within the crucial band of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“Under the law, there will be an independent climate change commission, which will advise governments on how to meet targets set in law by the bill.
Currently, those targets were net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and a reduction of between 24 and 47 per cent of methane emissions by 2050.
An additional methane reduction target of 10 per cent below 2017 levels by 2030 is also included, with methane making up about half of the country’s emissions profile.”