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Climate Change Commission's recommendations

Phasing out fossil fuel boilers and coal, establishing a plan for new native forests and ensuring nearly all imported cars are electric by 2035 are some of the recommendations in the Climate Change Commission’s final report to Government.

Released on June 9, the final report lays out the roadmap for New Zealand to become carbon neutral by 2050 and it could have very real, tangible impacts on how we live.

Some of the sweeping changes to our everyday lives could include increased petrol prices and household natural gas bills, solar panels on homes becoming more common, and an increase in neighbourhood density as new houses are built on existing transport routes.

On the job front, it is anticipated thousands of workers in the oil and gas industries, as well as vehicle mechanics, will retire or retrain to enter “cleaner” industries.

However, electricity generation, battery refurbishment, waste and forestry industries are all tipped to grow in the coming years.

The commission has no law-making powers, so the Government will need to decide whether to pass the plan into legislation. It has until December to respond with its own Emissions Reduction Plan.

The full report, Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa, can be found here.

In the wake of this report, the Government has also announced its new rebate scheme which will make lower-carbon cars more affordable for New Zealanders.

From next month, drivers will be able to get a rebate for new and used imported electric vehicles to a maximum rebate of $8625.

However, the flipside to the scheme is a new fee to be introduced from January 2022 for customers buying “gas guzzlers”, with fees going up to $5175.

Read more about the scheme here.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

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