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Background and annexes

Royal Society Te Apārangi Council requested an expert panel take an in-depth look into mitigation options for New Zealand, with long term views, including risks, co-benefits, spillover impact, opportunities and barriers at local and national levels.

Report launches

The Panel launched its findings on 27 April 2016 in Wellington and 29 April 2016 in Auckland.

Climate Change Mitigation Options for New Zealand Panel 

  • Professor Ralph Sims (Chair)School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Massey University
  • Professor Barry BartonTe Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato
  • Dr Paul Bennett: Science Leader, Clean Technologies, Scion
  • Dr Nigel Isaacs: Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Suzi Kerr: Senior Fellow, Motu and Adjunct Professor, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Associate Professor Jonathan Leaver: Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Unitec
  • Dr Janet Stephenson: Director of the Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago
  • Dr Andy Reisinger: Deputy Director (International), New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, Wellington


Annex 1: Summary of possible mitigation actions for New Zeland

This Annex provides a summary of possible mitigation actions for New Zealand by institutions, organisations and individuals with an indication of sequence priority, level of mitigation potential and costs per tonne of CO2 avoided. 

Annex 2: Individuals consulted as part of the Review

Annex 3: References

Other Resources

Coastal adaptation

The following review article provides some useful information about coastal adaptation: Coastal adaptation to climate change in Aotearoa-New Zealand.