In 2009 the Government decided that New Zealand would not sign up for the second Commitment Report Period under the Kyoto Protocol. Instead, the emissions reduction commitment for 2013-2020 is under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Government’s aim with this change was to put NZ in a better position for obligations from 2020 onwards.
In December 2015 delegates from all over the world attended a climate change meeting in Paris. The purpose of this meeting was to form a new international climate change agreement that would come into force after 2020 and apply to all countries worldwide. The basis of the agreement is to limit global temperature increases since pre-industrial times to 2 Degrees Celcius.
Whether or not you agree with NZ being involved in this United Nations driven initiative to reduce the impacts of climate change, there is no denying that forests and the forest industry has a key role to play.