On a per capita basis, New Zealand is one of the most polluting countries in the world. Every year, each and every New Zealander emits 17.5 tonnes of CO2e into the atmosphere, compared to a world average of 7 tonnes CO2e per person per year, and a European Union average of 8 tonnes CO2e per person per year.
In the COP21 meeting on climate change in December 2015 New Zealand promised to reduce its impact to 70% of what they were in 2005 – i.e. to around 10 tonnes CO2e per person per year by 2030.
BUT, if we want to keep climate change to within 2 degrees of warming, we need to reduce our impact much more dramatically, aiming to be completely carbon neutral by 2050.