Consultation: Review on whether emissions from international shipping and aviation should be included in the 2050 target

Closed 31 May 2024

Opened 8 Apr 2024

Results expected 31 Dec 2024


By the end of 2024, the Climate Change Commission will advise the Government on whether emissions from international shipping and aviation should be included in Aotearoa New Zealand’s 2050 emissions reduction target

We have developed a discussion document setting out our initial thinking, and are seeking your feedback.

Read this discussion document:

This review is one of three pieces of advice we are currently developing on Aotearoa New Zealand's emissions reduction target and emissions budgets, alongside:

More information about this review (click to expand)

Aotearoa New Zealand’s current emissions reduction target includes emissions from domestic shipping and aviation, but excludes emissions from international shipping and aviation.

Global action to address emissions from international shipping and aviation is through international agreements. However, the UK, EU, USA and others, are proactively including these emissions in their domestic emissions reduction targets and/or emissions trading schemes.

The Commission is developing advice for the Government on whether Aotearoa New Zealand should do this too.

We’re only required to look at emissions from international aviation and shipping for this 2024 review. There are no future reviews on this topic specifically required by our legislation.

More background information about this review is available on our website.


We are looking for your feedback to strengthen our understanding of the issues and impacts that need to be taken into account as we prepare our final advice and recommendations.

Once you have read the consultation document and are ready to provide your feedback, you can make a submission via this online survey.

Alternatively, you can send us your submission by post or email:

How to send a submission by email or post (click to expand)

If you are emailing or posting your feedback, please download and complete a contact and consent form and include this with your submission: Consent form for offline submissions [.DOCX – 336 KB]

You can email us your submission at

You can send us your submission by post to the address below:

Consultation: International shipping and aviation

Climate Change Commission

PO Box 24448, Wellington 6142


What happens next

We will consider each piece of feedback we receive, and we will use it (where appropriate) to re-evaluate our evidence base, approach and findings. Our final advice is due to be provided to the Minister of Climate Change and published by 31 December 2024.