3 Purpose

(1)

The purpose of this Act is to—

(aa)

provide a framework by which New Zealand can develop and implement clear and stable climate change policies that—

(i)

contribute to the global effort under the Paris Agreement to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels; and

(ii)

allow New Zealand to prepare for, and adapt to, the effects of climate change:

(a)

enable New Zealand to meet its international obligations under the Convention, the Protocol, and the Paris Agreement, including (but not limited to)—

(i)

its obligation under Article 3.1 of the Protocol to retire Kyoto units equal to the number of tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of human-induced greenhouse gases emitted from the sources listed in Annex A of the Protocol in New Zealand in the first commitment period starting on 1 January 2008 and ending on 31 December 2012; and

(ii)

its obligation to report to the Conference of the Parties via the Secretariat under Article 12 of the Convention, Article 7 of the Protocol, and Article 13 of the Paris Agreement:

(b)

provide for the implementation, operation, and administration of a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme in New Zealand that supports and encourages global efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by—

(i)

assisting New Zealand to meet its international obligations under the Convention, the Protocol, and the Paris Agreement; and

(ii)

assisting New Zealand to meet its 2050 target and emissions budgets:

(c)

provide for the imposition, operation, and administration of a levy on specified synthetic greenhouse gases contained in motor vehicles and also another levy on other goods to support and encourage global efforts to reduce the emission of those gases by—

(i)

assisting New Zealand to meet its international obligations under the Convention, the Protocol, and the Paris Agreement; and

(ii)

assisting New Zealand to meet its 2050 target and emissions budgets.

(2)

[Repealed]

(2)

A person who exercises a power or discretion, or carries out a duty, under this Act must exercise that power or discretion, or carry out that duty, in a manner that is consistent with the purpose of this Act.

(3)

[Repealed]

Section 3(1): substituted, on 26 September 2008, by section 5 of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading) Amendment Act 2008 (2008 No 85).

Section 3(1)(aa): inserted, on 14 November 2019, by section 4 of the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 61).

Section 3(1)(a): amended, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(1) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).

Section 3(1)(a)(i): amended, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(2) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).

Section 3(1)(a)(ii): amended, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(3) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).

Section 3(1)(b): replaced, on 1 January 2013, by section 5 of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 89).

Section 3(1)(b)(i): amended, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(4) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).

Section 3(1)(b)(ii): replaced, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(5) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).

Section 3(1)(c): inserted, on 1 January 2013, by section 5 of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2012 (2012 No 89).

Section 3(1)(c)(i): amended, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(6) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).

Section 3(1)(c)(ii): replaced, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(7) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).

Section 3 first subsection (2): repealed, on 8 December 2009, by section 6(1) of the Climate Change Response (Moderated Emissions Trading) Amendment Act 2009 (2009 No 57).

Section 3(3): repealed, on 23 June 2020, by section 6(8) of the Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading Reform) Amendment Act 2020 (2020 No 22).