Since 1988, New Zealand has taken active measures to help stop climate change. Starting with the New Zealand Climate Change Programme, which was overseen by this country’s Ministry for the Environment.
However, as the needs to keep evolving and new technologies are developed, the policies adopted to protect the environment have been multiplying.
This list does not cover even half of the initiatives both government and private sectors have devised to make New Zealand greener, yet it’s a good start.
New Zealand Energy Strategy
With the ambitious goal of having 90% of all of the country’s electricity being drawn from renewable sources by 2025, this strategy was released in October 2007. It’s not just theory either, as it contains a plan to start actively implementing it.
The New Zealand Energy Strategy isn’t aimed just at conserving the resources, but also reducing emissions.
National Environmental Standards
It has also been a policy of the NZ government to establish high-quality standards for all-natural resources. As an example, The Air Standard has already been implemented. There are standards being developed regarding water measuring devices and their human drinking sources.
The standards include even electricity transmission in addition to telecommunication facilities. It’s currently under evaluation with the possibility of incorporating standards for procedures to handle contaminated lands, along with wastewater systems.
New Zealand Packaging Accord
This Accord is a compromise for reducing environmental pollution by implementing sustainable packaging. It was born as a voluntary joint effort by the government with the private sector.
It’s represented by the Ministry for the Environment and the Packaging Council of New Zealand.
It is enforced by making sure the producers assume all responsibility for any outcomes generated by their packaging. The whole industry of packaging is involved in this Accord, from the manufacturers to the consumers and everybody in between.
This scheme is made to enable and fund Regional Councils in their endeavour to research any projects and topics related to the environment. With over $1.5 million per year, the main focus is on bringing knowledge to the practice and making sure the management tools are adapted to the needs of the region.
With these policies put in place by New Zealand’s government, the country takes several steps forward to a sustainable future. Making sure the standards and quality of life of its people aren’t downgraded, yet rather enhanced.
These are all smart moves in the right direction, and more policies are born and implemented every year.