WELLINGTON, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said on Monday that the government is making the first important move to deliver on its commitments to be a world leader on climate change.
The cabinet has agreed to a process of consultation in 2018, before the Zero Carbon Bill is introduced into the parliament by the end of October next year, which will be a cornerstone of New Zealand's transition to "a low emission, climate resilient future," Shaw said in a statement.
The minister said he was looking forward to engaging in conversations with New Zealanders next May about the potential target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while designing the framework for New Zealand to transition to a sustainable economy.
"Taking action on climate change is about working together to ensure a stable climate for future generations, and creates huge opportunities for new jobs in clean industries, better transport, and cleaner air and water," Shaw said.
The legislation will see New Zealand put "a bold new climate change target" into law and establish an independent Climate Change Commission," he said.
"Putting our new climate change target into law will hold the government to account and place New Zealand in a small group of countries who aspire to net-zero emissions in the next few decades," the minister said, adding that a Zero Carbon Act provides the certainty businesses need to make long-term investment decisions, and it will drive the growth and innovation New Zealand needs.
A board of public sector chief executives, focused on climate change, will also be established early next year, he added.