Property Council submission on te hau mārohi ki anamata – New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan

On 23 June 2022, Property Council submitted on te hau mārohi ki anamata, towards a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy – Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Emissions Reduction Plan (“the Plan”).

Why this matters to our members

Property Council advocates for the creation and retention of a well-designed, functional and sustainable built environment. The Plan outlines the actions to be taken to help the sector achieve reductions and meet our 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal.

Our view

While we support the Government’s overall objectives in the Plan, we made the following recommendations to Government:

  • Take a leadership role within the building and construction space to work closely with the sector and develop and provide incentives to shift behavioural changes;
  • Investigate the gap in the market for crucial materials that are low in carbon such as concrete and reinforced steel;
  • Investigate options of seed funding and support to businesses with viable ideas and concepts;
  • Investigate ways to create better alignment between the use of low carbon materials and methods with urban intensification;
  • Change current risk and liability settings by capping council liability at 20 per cent;
  • Establish an educational and information sharing group to create consistency, and allow for better understanding of the market; and
  • Create a database to ensure we have an accurate understanding of New Zealand buildings performance and how we can best build on this. This in turn will help drive behavioural change.
Read the full submission

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