Equitable Transitions Strategy

Together, we can tackle climate change in a way that is fair and inclusive.

Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Employment, and Hon Stuart Nash, Minister for Economic and Regional Development introduce the Equitable Transitions Strategy and why it is important.

About the Equitable Transitions Strategy 

Aotearoa New Zealand is working to prevent climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. This will bring changes to how we live and what we do for work. Our transition to a low emissions future will bring opportunities, including higher-wage jobs, as well as challenges and disruptions, such as re-training people for low-emissions work and changing the way we get around. Some people and communities will be affected more than others.

The Government is developing an Equitable Transitions Strategy to make sure that our transition to a low emissions future is fair and inclusive. We want to bring everyone on this journey and leave no one behind. This means making sure opportunities work for everyone, supporting people through this period of change, and upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

The content of the Strategy will be informed by engagement with the public and will include actions and policies to address challenges and seize opportunities. A draft Strategy will be released in June 2023 and the final Equitable Transitions Strategy will be published by June 2024.

The Equitable Transitions Strategy is co-led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment - Hīkina Whakatutuki and the Ministry of Social Development - Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora. For more information about the Equitable Transitions Strategy, see the Terms of Reference.

Equitable Transitions Strategy(external link) — Ministry of Social Development

A diverse group of people, including young people, elderly people and disabled people, are on a pathway to a low emissions tomorrow. This future includes thriving people and communities; electric vehicles, bicycles and accessible transport; sustainable housing and marae; a farm with a range of livestock and crops; and wind turbines, solar panels and recycling stations.

The Equitable Transitions Strategy will be informed through engagement with people and communities, including Māori, Pacific peoples, unions, workers, businesses, women, young and elderly people, rural communities, disabled people, migrant and ethnic communities, beneficiaries and those on low incomes. By working closely with different groups we can make sure that the actions we take will reflect their needs.

“What does the transition mean for me? My whānau? My community?”

“How will we support those most affected by the transition?”

“How can we bring everyone on the journey?”

Help shape Aotearoa New Zealand’s fair and inclusive transition

We need your help to ensure a fair and inclusive transition. Your views will shape the Equitable Transitions Strategy and the actions we take to prepare for a low emissions future.

There are several ways to have your say and stay informed on progress. You can complete our online survey, register for regular project updates or attend one of the many workshops and hui that will be taking place around the country in 2023.

Accessible formats of our web page and survey will be available soon. We will also work with communities to understand the best way to engage and get feedback.

Complete our online survey

Tell us about the transition issues that are most important to you. The survey will close in April 2023. 

Complete survey(external link) 

Take this survey in te reo Māori(external link)

Register for updates and workshops

Enter your email address below to receive regular updates about the Equitable Transitions Strategy and register your interest in collaborative workshops (online and in-person) that will take place around the country between January - April 2023. We will provide more information about workshops as it becomes available.

Subscribe to receive updates(external link)

Contact us

To get in touch with the Equitable Transitions Strategy team please email EquitableTransitionsStrategy@mbie.govt.nz.

Information in other languages

A summary of the Equitable Transitions Strategy and how to provide thoughts and feedback in other languages are available:

Challenges and opportunities the Strategy will address

Our transition to a low emissions future will create challenges and opportunities. Examples include:

  • Jobs: the transition will impact jobs, such as creating well-paying jobs in new industries and a need to re-train people for low-emissions jobs
  • Household costs: costs such as petrol and electricity may become more expensive, but there are also opportunities to reduce costs, such as by making homes more energy efficient
  • Rural communities: the transition will create challenges and opportunities around land-use and changing economic activity in rural communities
  • New industries: a low emissions future will create new industries and opportunities in areas such as the bioeconomy and the circular economy
  • Fairness and accessibility: the transition presents opportunities to create a fairer Aotearoa, such as making public transport more accessible

For more information about what the transition might look like, see Chapter 8 of the Climate Change Commission's independent analysis.

Chapter summaries(external link) — He Pou a Rangi. Climate Change Commission

Government’s wider climate change work programme

The Government’s climate change work programme is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

What the Government is doing about climate change(external link) — Ministry for the Environment

In 2019 the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act was passed into law. The Act:

  • sets a 2050 target to reduce long-lived greenhouse gases to net zero
  • establishes the Climate Change Commission to provide expert advice and monitor progress
  • requires the Government to create an Emissions Reduction Plan to meet emission reduction targets, and a National Adaptation Plan to manage the physical risks of climate change, such as sea level rise

Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019(external link) — New Zealand Legislation

In 2021, the Climate Change Commission released its formal advice to the Government, including a recommendation to develop an Equitable Transitions Strategy.

Ināia tonu nei: a low emissions future for Aotearoa(external link) — He Pou a Rangi. Climate Change Commission

In May 2022, the Government released Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP). The ERP sets out a range of actions to drive Aotearoa towards a low emissions future, including a commitment to develop an Equitable Transitions Strategy (see ERP page 66-67).

Emissions Reduction Plan(external link) — Ministry for the Environment

Aotearoa has committed to a just transition

Under the Paris Agreement, the Government has agreed to ‘take into account the imperatives of a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs…’.

The concept of a ‘just transition’ is about ensuring transitions are fair and inclusive by working with affected groups to ensure that impacts and opportunities are more evenly distributed.

The Equitable Transitions Strategy is focused on Aotearoa New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions future. The Strategy will build on lessons learned through Just Transition Partnerships in Taranaki and Southland.

Find out more about Just Transition

Last updated: 25 November 2022