OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: New Zealand 2017
OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’
progress towards their environmental policy objectives. Reviews promote peer learning,
enhance government accountability, and provide targeted recommendations aimed at improving
environmental performance, individually and collectively. They are supported by a
broad range of economic and environmental data, and evidence-based analysis. Each
cycle of Environmental Performance Reviews covers all OECD countries and selected
partner economies. The most recent reviews include Chile and France (2016).
This report is the third Environmental Performance Review of New Zealand. It evaluates
progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus on water resources
management and sustainable urban development.
Published on March 20, 2017Also available in: French
New Zealanders enjoy a high environmental quality of life and access to pristine wilderness. However, New Zealand’s growth model, based largely on exploiting natural resources, is starting to show its environmental limits with increasing greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution.
“Having largely decarbonised its power generation, New Zealand needs to ensure its climate policies are effective in curbing emissions in all sectors, notably transport and agriculture,” said OECD Environment Director Simon Upton, presenting the report in Wellington. “This means strengthening the Emission Trading System and ensuring sectoral policies are aligned with the need for a low emissions transition.”