WELLINGTON, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- The New Zealand government will begin consulting on the Emissions Reduction Plan in early October and require that the final plan be released by the end of May next year in line with the 2022 Budget, a minister said Wednesday.
"Cabinet's decision allows organizations and communities key to the Emissions Reduction Plan's success to focus on getting through the worst of the COVID outbreak before engaging with the plan," Minister for Climate Change James Shaw said in a statement.
The plan will be developed with input from Maori and Pacific communities, business, NGOs, local government, and communities all over the country, Shaw said, adding aligning the final plan with Budget 2022 will show how its delivery will be supported through government investment.
The final Emissions Reduction Plan will set out the policies and strategies New Zealand will take to meet the country's first ever emissions budget. It will also set the direction for how future emissions budgets will be met, he said.