5ZQ Preparation of national climate change risk assessment

(1)

The Commission must, no later than 6 years after the date on which the most recent national climate change risk assessment was made publicly available,—

(a)

provide the next national climate change risk assessment to the Minister; and

(b)

make that assessment publicly available.

(2)

At the same time as making a national climate change risk assessment publicly available (in compliance with subsection (1)(b) and section 5L(3)), the Commission must make any evidence commissioned to support its preparation publicly available.

(3)

In preparing a national climate change risk assessment, the Commission must take into account the following:

(a)

economic, social, health, environmental, ecological, and cultural effects of climate change:

(b)

the distribution of the effects of climate change across society, taking particular account of vulnerable groups or sectors:

(c)

New Zealand’s relevant obligations under international agreements:

(d)

how the assessment aligns or links with any other relevant national risk assessments produced by central government entities:

(e)

current effects and likely future effects of climate change:

(f)

any information received as a result of requests made under section 5ZW:

(g)

scientific and technical advice.

(4)

The Commission may also take into account—

(a)

opportunities arising for New Zealand’s economy, society, and environment as a result of the effects of climate change; and

(b)

any other factor that it thinks is relevant or appropriate.

Section 5ZQ: inserted, on 14 November 2019, by section 8 of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 61).