The Paris Agreement and New Zealand: What You Need to Know
In December 2015, 195 countries including New Zealand signed the Paris Agreement, a global commitment to fight climate change by keeping global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also aims to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
New Zealand pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The country also committed to phasing out the use of fossil fuels and transitioning to renewable energy sources.
To achieve these goals, New Zealand has implemented a number of measures including the Zero Carbon Act, which sets a legally binding target of net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases other than biogenic methane by 2050.
New Zealand has also pledged to plant one billion trees by 2028 as part of its commitment to offsetting carbon emissions. The government has allocated funds to support the planting and maintenance of these trees, which will help to restore native forests and protect biodiversity.
In addition to these measures, New Zealand is also investing in research and development of new technologies to reduce emissions in sectors such as farming and transportation.
While New Zealand`s commitment to the Paris Agreement is commendable, the country still has a long way to go to achieve its targets. The latest data shows that New Zealand`s greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 2.2% in 2018, mainly due to agriculture and transportation.
It is clear that more needs to be done to reach the Paris Agreement targets, and individuals and businesses also need to play their part in reducing emissions. The good news is that there are many actions that individuals and businesses can take to make a difference, such as using public transportation, reducing energy consumption, and supporting renewable energy sources.
In conclusion, the Paris Agreement is a critical global initiative to address the urgent issue of climate change. New Zealand`s commitment to the agreement is commendable, but more needs to be done to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the agreement. By working together, we can make a positive impact on the environment and protect the planet for future generations.