The release of the Climate Change Commission final report on how New Zealand can become carbon neutral by 2050 will lead to significant changes in society and various industries to meet the government’s emissions target.
Conferenz offers a webinar, “Decarbonising New Zealand”, to NZ central and local governments, Maori trusts to provide clarity and guidance to organisations on how they could be on track to meet the net-zero target businesses and organisations on 13 to 14 September 2021 in TE Papa, Wellington.
Ralph Sims, Professor Emeritus, Sustainable Energy and Climate Mitigation of Massey University and Chair of the Seminar, says that the Climate Change Commissions recommends ambitious targets and outlines how New Zealand can meet them in less than 30 years.
It is now up to the government to heed this advice and set an emissions reduction plan for the country within the next few months while coming up with a more ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the COP 26 meeting in Glasgow this November.
Climate change is now upon us based on the extreme events that have happened within the last decade and, most recently, the record-breaking temperatures in British Columbia, Canada, and the US West Coast.
Vancouver has reported 130 sudden deaths, mostly elderly and people with underlying conditions. The US Northwest have also seen several fatalities. Experts say that climate change is linked to extreme events like the scorching temperatures that lingered for three days (Canada weather, 2021).
The seminar, Decarbonising New Zealand, is a “response to the increasing pressure on industries and businesses to accelerate decarbonisation pathways. This conference has been designed to provide a roadmap for organisations seeking to optimise decarbonisation. Helping them to identify beyond compliance the positive benefits of reducing their carbon emissions. Providing guidance on how to understand best and mitigate the risks and showcasing the opportunities for change. It also provides insights on carbon economics and risk management and provides practical guidance issues around implementation and adoption.”
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