Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

6 Section 4 amended (Interpretation)


In section 4(1), insert in their appropriate alphabetical order:

2050 target means the emissions reduction target set in section 5O

biogenic methane means all methane greenhouse gases produced from the agriculture and waste sectors (as those sectors are defined in the New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Inventory)

Climate Change Commission and Commission mean the Climate Change Commission established under section 5A

emissions budget means the quantity of emissions that will be permitted in each emissions budget period as a net amount of carbon dioxide equivalent

emissions budget period means a 5-year period for the years 2022 to 2050, as specified in section 5U(3) (except that the period 2022 to 2025 is a 4-year period)

emissions reduction plan means a plan for achieving an emissions budget prepared in accordance with sections 5ZD to 5ZF

gross emissions means New Zealand’s total emissions from the agriculture, energy, industrial processes and product use, and waste sectors (as those sectors are defined in the New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Inventory)

net emissions means gross emissions combined with emissions and removals from land use, land use change, and the forestry sector

New Zealand Greenhouse Gas Inventory means the official annual estimate of all greenhouse gas emissions that have been generated in New Zealand since 1990 by human activities

offshore mitigation means emissions reductions and removals, or allowances from emissions trading schemes,—


that originate from outside New Zealand; and


that are expressed as a quantity of carbon dioxide equivalent; and


that are robustly accounted for to ensure that, among other things, double counting is avoided; and


that either—


represent an actual additional, measurable, and verifiable reduction of an amount of carbon dioxide equivalent; or


are an emissions trading scheme allowance that triggers the reduction of carbon dioxide equivalent

Paris Agreement means the agreement adopted in Paris on 12 December 2015, and includes any amendments that are, or will become, binding on New Zealand from time to time

publicly available, in relation to a document or information, means that the document or information is available at all reasonable times, free of charge, on an Internet site


In section 4(1), replace the definition of emissions with:



in relation to Parts 1A and 1B, means carbon dioxide equivalent emissions of greenhouse gases; but


in relation to an activity listed in Schedule 3 or 4, means carbon dioxide equivalent emissions of greenhouse gases from the activity