New Zealand’s upcoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ambitious environmental policies to help fight global warming. She wants her country to be neutral in emissions by 2050, with a major role in renewable energy from the first day of her mandate.
“I envision that we will be a government, as I said during the campaign, that will be absolutely focused on fighting climate change, ” said Ardern, whose Labor party has signed a coalition agreement with the New Zealand First party. “It will include an independent climate commission.” added.
Other initiatives in this line include the transition of the country’s electricity grid to 100% renewable energy, a significant investment in the regional railroad, and the goal of planting 100 million trees a year through the “Billion Planting Program. trees ”.
According to the Associated Press, Arden said the goal of doubling the number of trees the country plants each year is “absolutely achievable,” using land that was marginal for farm animals.
The Green Party will support the incoming government with a trust agreement, which includes a significant goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
“All three parties share an absolute commitment to addressing climate change,” Ardern said.
New Zealand’s zero emissions target for 2050 places it in the same position as Sweden, which wants to be carbon neutral by 2045, and Norway, which aims for 2030. Other developed nations such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Germany have committed to reducing emissions, but none to net zero emissions.
More than 80% of New Zealand’s electricity already comes from renewable sources, mainly hydroelectric, geothermal and wind. The AP reported that Ardern wants to increase it to 100% by 2035, in part by investing more in solar energy, which currently only represents 0.1% of the country’s total renewable energy.
New Zealand’s youngest leader, 37 years old, in over 150 years, plans to take the country down a more liberal path after nine years of Conservative rule. Other initiatives include raising the minimum wage, free medical visits for all those under 14 years of age, and a review and reform of the Reserve Bank Law.