We have established a Just Transitions Unit to help share and coordinate the work of transitioning New Zealand to a low emissions economy.
A low emissions economy
New Zealand is on a path to a low emissions economy. More than 15,000 New Zealanders and organisations have now had their say on the Government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill, with Cabinet expected to make decisions on a target to reduce emissions in late 2018.
The need to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, including grasping the opportunities that it presents, will shape our transition to a low emissions economy.
Other factors also mean that we need to actively plan for a future economy that is going to look very different in 30 years than it does today. These include new technologies, globalisation and demographic shifts, which will have impacts on the ways New Zealanders work and the jobs they do.
The Government has committed to making this process a “just transition”– one that is fair, equitable and inclusive. A just transition is about making sure that the Government carefully plans with iwi, communities, regions and sectors to manage the impacts and maximise the opportunities of the changes brought about by the transition to a low emissions economy.
Just Transitions Unit
The Just Transitions Unit will:
- focus on the impacts of major climate change policy decisions on households, communities, industries and regions
- look at opportunities created by the transition to a low emissions economy and the support the Government can provide to aid the transition process, in partnership with iwi, regions, sectors and communities
- work with other government agencies active in this area, especially the Transition Hub located within the Ministry for the Environment, and the Provincial Development Unit.
Current focus on Taranaki
As a result of the announcement in early 2018 that no further offshore oil and gas exploration permits would be issued, the JTU is focused on working with the Taranaki region on how a just transition can occur.
The region is a priority for both the Government and JTU. With funding from the Provincial Growth Fund, Venture Taranaki, the Regional Development Agency for Taranaki, has employed a General Manager Transitional Economy. The General Manager's role will be to develop, in partnership with stakeholders, a transition to a low emissions economy “roadmap” for the region.
The Just Transitions Unit will work with Taranaki to support the development of the roadmap and drive community engagement in this process.
Just Transition Summit
The Just Transition Summit(external link) will be held in New Plymouth on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May 2019. The summit will bring together the main stakeholders from around New Zealand to facilitate discussion on a just transition and hear from global experts.
Planning is underway and more information on the schedule and programme will be available in due course.
To get in touch with the Just Transitions Unit please email firstname.lastname@example.org.