Thursday 13 April 2017, 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Following the launch of the Vivid Economics Report on 21 March in the Beehive Theatrette, and the considerable interest the report has elicited since, Parliament’s Business Committee has decided to hold a special debate on the report and its implications for New Zealand lawmakers.

See parliamentary website.

The report is entitled: Net zero in New Zealand:Scenarios to achieve domestic emissions neutrality in the second half of the century.


It looks at pathways to net zero carbon emissions in New Zealand. That is achieved when we remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as we put into it.

Four potential future scenarios are put forward in the report, envisaging different pathways to the net zero emissions goal.

The aim of the report is to allow legislators and policy-makers to develop robust strategies for emissions reductions, and to identify costs, benefits, and risks of different approaches.

This parliamentary debate is a first, and important, step to develop a political framework in which those strategies can be developed, and pathways considered, on the basis of a cross-party approach within the New Zealand Parliament.

A link to the Vivid report is here.