NZ climate change policy to align with Pacific aspirations

07:20 am on 31 October 2017

New Zealand's climate change minister James Shaw says he believes planned legislation will lower New Zealand's emissions to support targets sought by Pacific Island countries.

Green leader James Shaw makes his affirmation. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Under the Paris Agreement, the global commitment is to limit warming to below two degrees above the pre-industrial level, but Pacific countries want the temperature rise to be capped at 1.5 degrees.

Mr Shaw said the new New Zealand government intended to pass a so-called Zero-Carbon Act to help curb global warming.

"In relation to the Pacific's goal of a one-and-a-half degree limit to temperature rises, we believe by New Zealand becoming carbon neutral by 2050 is a goal that is consistent with the Pacific's ambitions," said Mr Shaw.

Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw have signed a confidence and supply agreement. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller