New Zealand commits to decarbonise transport
New Zealand has passed the Climate Change Response Act, a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. The government has also announced the entire state fleet will convert to electric by 2025.
Today, 22% of all net emissions in New Zealand are produced by transport, and 90% of those emissions are from road transport.
Electrifying road transport will be an important part of this transition and the challenge is big. In 2020, only 3% of cars entering New Zealand were electric. To date, only 24,500 out of 3.8 million light vehicles on the roads are electric.
Image: Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand PM (Shutterstock)