Productivity Commission discussion document on low emissions economy released

The Productivity Commission has published an issues paper for the inquiry into New Zealand's transition to a low emissions economy.

“Moving towards a low-emissions economy will require significant changes for New Zealand businesses and households.” says Murray Sherwin, Chair of the Commission.

“This inquiry will investigate what sort of changes are needed and how we can transition while still growing our economy and improving the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.“

The issues paper is structured into four main parts – key issues for New Zealand as it looks to reduce emissions; opportunities and barriers to reduce emissions; policy and institutional arrangements required for a low emissions transition; and ensuring a transition that continues to grow incomes and wellbeing.

“Climate change is one of the most serious issues we face. How New Zealand responds to its international commitment to reducing GHG emissions will have major implications for our future.” says Mr Sherwin

“The issues paper is a crucial part of our inquiry process. It gives the Commission the opportunity to share what we know so far and to ask questions about important areas where more information, thought and discussion is required. We encourage anybody with an interest to read through the paper, think about the questions and participate by making a submission.”

The issues paper and details about how to make a submission are on the Commission’s website.

The closing date for submissions is 2 October 2017.  The Productivity Commission’s final report to the Government is due on 30 June 2018.