New Zealand: Zero Carbon Bill passes with near-unanimous support, setting climate change targets into law

The Government’s Zero Carbon Bill passed with near-unanimous support on Thursday, after National agreed to support the climate change law.

Despite supporting the bill National have set out several changes to the law that they would make in their first 100 days if elected, including removing the controversial methane target and asking an independent commission to set it.

National’s votes are not needed for the bill to pass but are hugely important in setting out whether or not the law can survive across governments, a fervent hope of Climate Change Minister James Shaw.