It was a historic moment for the island nation of 5 million people, according to foreign media. New Zealand’s parliament has just passed a new bill that promises to be carbon neutral and economic by 2050. The bill has bipartisan support in the country and attempts to ensure that future governments can do their part to limit global warming to a level of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The Zero Carbon Bill was first introduced in May and passed into law on Thursday local time.
In the future, the New Zealand government will be required to set a new emissions budget every five years, which will be a stepping stone to achieving the ultimate goal. The new legislation will also require future governments to understand both the risks posed by climate change and to act on it.
“We have to start to go beyond our goals, we have to stop exceeding our ambitions, we have to start to go beyond the statements of hope and show signs of action,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern said in front of parliament on Thursday. That’s what this administration is doing, and it’s something to be proud of. “
It is understood that Bhutan and Suriname have achieved negative carbon, while Norway and Sweden have already developed legislation to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In addition, france and Britain passed laws earlier this year, and other big countries, such as Spain and Germany, are considering proposals.
More countries have pledged climate action under the Paris Agreement, with 65 countries pledging to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the Un climate action summit in September. But the United States, the world’s second-largest emitter of carbon dioxide, formally withdrew from the Paris Agreement this week.