In 2008 the United Kingdom House of Commons voted overwhelmingly in support of a new climate change law. It is a law that sets up a process for reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the future – a process that endures through changing governments.
Some have suggested that New Zealand should follow the UK and enact similar legislation. In this report, the Commissioner examines the merits of this proposal, and makes recommendations accordingly.
Note: as of 4 October 2017 the original file available for download has been replaced with an edited version, which includes edits and additional text on page 7 (including table 2.1) and page 9 (including figure 2.1).