New Zealand

Lawyers for Climate Action NZ v. The Climate Change Commission

Jurisdiction: High Court


Principle law(s): Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act (amending the Climate Change Response Act 2002)


Side A: Lawyers for Climate Action (Ngo)


Side B: Climate Change Commission (Government)


Core objectives:

Whether the New Zealand Climate Change Commission made insufficient emissions cuts recommendations


Summary
On July 1, 2021, a group of hundreds of New Zealand lawyers sued the country's Climate Change Commission alleging that its recommendations to the Minister for Climate Change violated New Zealand law and the Paris Agreement. Plaintiffs allege that the commission's carbon budgets are inconsistent with holding warming to 1.5C, that it understated required emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement, and that the commission unlawfully relies on the uncertain prospect of paying other countries to reduce their emissions. Together, these actions violated New Zealand's Climate Change Response Act and its obligations under the Paris Agreement.
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