Wellbeing Budget 2021

Securing
Our Recovery

Environment

Delivering New Zealand's Low-Carbon Future and Adapting to Climate Change

This initiative provides funding to relieve urgent cost pressures in the Ministry for the Environment's (MfE's) climate change work programme. This bid will enable MfE to commence priority climate initiatives in response to the Government's commitment in the Speech from the Throne to transition to a low-carbon future.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Environment 5.160 4.680 4.440 4.440 18.720 -
Internal Affairs 0.495 0.495 - - 0.990 -

Designing, Delivering and Implementing Comprehensive and Sustainable Reform of the Resource Management System

This initiative will repeal the Resource Management Act 1991 and replace it with a Natural and Built Environments Act and a Strategic Planning Act, which will deliver significant benefits for environmental outcomes and urban development, if delivered and implemented at pace. This initiative will design and provide for initial implementation of a comprehensive reform of the resource management system.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Environment 35.370 49.450 46.970 - 131.790 -

Developing a Funding and Financing Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand's Climate Transition

This initiative provides operating costs to develop a strategy for funding and financing the transition to a low-emissions and climate-resilient economy. This will include considering the scale and certainty of Government funding for the transition, as well as institutional and other solutions to scale up and accelerate the mobilisation of private sector investment.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Environment 0.200 - - - 0.200 -
Finance 0.800 - - - 0.800 -

Establishing an Enduring Environmental Monitoring and Reporting System

This initiative provides investment into the creation of national biophysical limits and addresses core weaknesses in our existing system to ensure environmental outcomes meet what communities expect. Establishing a national monitoring and reporting framework will enable collection of consistent information about the state of our environment, inform when limits are under threat, and assess the impact of interventions.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Environment 8.790 8.360 8.015 - 25.165 -

Funding for the Climate Change Commission He Pou a Rangi

This initiative provides funding to address critical cost pressures faced by the Climate Change Commission (CCC). These cost pressures are related to an underestimation of the complexity and scope of CCC's role during establishment and additional statutory functions added to the CCC's work programme in 2020.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Environment 2.451 2.377 2.377 2.377 9.582 -

Implementing the Carbon Neutral Government Programme

This initiative provides funding for implementation of the Carbon Neutral Government Programme (CNGP) that was agreed by Cabinet in November 2020. This will deliver a coordinated programme, robust policy advice, and support for agencies to reduce emissions (starting with fleets and coal boilers). The CNGP aims to make a number of government organisations carbon neutral by 2025 - it will show leadership and demonstrate what is possible in terms of emissions reductions.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Environment 1.090 1.090 1.090 1.090 4.360 -
Business, Science and Innovation 8.790 11.570 11.570 11.570 43.500 0.018
Tagged contingency - - - - - 19.537
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