The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, has announced the membership of the Interim Climate Change Committee, which will begin work on how New Zealand transitions to a net zero emissions economy by 2050.
Work must start now on how sectors like agriculture might enter into the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (NZETS), he said.
And planning must begin now for the transition to 100 per cent renewable electricity generation by 2035.
The Interim Climate Change Committee will undertake this work until the independent Climate Change Commission is established under the Zero Carbon Act in May next year.
The Interim Committee will consult with stakeholders and hand over its work and analysis to the commission, he said.
Mr Shaw said committee members have been chosen because of their expertise across key areas related to climate change: agriculture, agribusiness, climate change science and policy, resource economics and impacts, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, te reo me ona tikanga Māori and Māori interests, international competitiveness, and energy production and supply.
Dr David Prentice, the Interim Committee Chair, was most recently the managing director of infrastructure firm Opus International Consultants.
He led his company through the Global Financial Crisis and has a sound understanding of economics and international markets.
Lisa Tumahai, the Deputy Chair, has significant governance experience and is Kaiwhakahaere of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. She is a person of significant mana and standing in the Māori community.
The other committee members are:
- Dr Harry Clark, a New Zealand expert on agricultural greenhouse gas research;
- Dr Keith Turner, former CEO of Meridian and professional director;
- Dr Jan Wright, former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment;
- Dr Suzi Kerr, an internationally renowned expert in the economics of climate change policy and emissions trading.
Source: Minister for Climate Change