[19 December/NZ Herald]

The Labour led collation government has confirmed that a new climate change law will be implemented in 2018 that will bind governments to carbon targets and set New Zealand on a path to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Prime Minister Ardern announced a public consultation process to kick off in May next year involving all sectors including business, farmers, unions, Maori, economists and local communities, with a bill to follow in October that will set up an independent Climate Commission. The Commission will be responsible for setting five yearly carbon budgets for the government to meet and a 30 year pathway for future governments and industries to follow. An interim climate change committee will be established in early 2018 which will begin work including looking at how agriculture is incorporated into the ETS. This timetable means that the earliest agriculture would be part of the ETS would be mid-2019.