New Zealand’s lead author on the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on ClimateChange (IPCC) report has said the New Zealand Government’s Bill to proposea framework to transition to a low emissions economy does not go far enoughin reducing emissions.The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill, released 8 March,has two aims: to help limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degreesCelsius and to build a country and economy that can cope with the changingclimate.Bronwyn Hayward was New Zealand's lead author on last year's major IPCC.The report said limiting warming to 1.5 degrees is necessary to ensure amore sustainable and equitable society.Hayward has said the Bill is ‘hopeful’, but ‘troubling’, in that it doesnot go far enough in curbing emissions, and instead appears to set a lowbar in order to get a majority of sectors and stakeholders onboard.This view is exemplified by the treatment in the Bill of methane, comparedto other greenhouse gases. The Bill proposes a new emissions reductiontarget for all greenhouse gases, except methane, to net zero by 2050, inline with New Zealand's commitments under the Paris Agreement. Methaneemissions are set to be reduced by a mere 10 percent below 2017 levels by2030, with a provisional reduction of 24 to 47 percent by 2050.The exception of methane is understood by those sceptical of the Bill to bean appeasement of the agricultural sector who have lobbied against whatthey see as unfair targets imposed on farming to reduce methane emissions.The Bill and the proposals it supports are a great start. However, asIwi Chairs Forum on Climate Change spokesman Mike Smithsaid following the announcement of the Bill, “…there's no detail about howwe're going to get there [achieve deduction targets] and equally if thesectors in society don't move in that direction, how is the governmentgoing to compel them or enforce it?". Smith continued, "the future of ourmokopuna, there is no second prize, we either win that or it's 'game over'so we've got to get it right…we can't afford to have fake solutions or weaksolutions."Te Koeke Tiriti is the TEU’s own framework which sets out whāinga, orvalues, to guide our decision-making, and our actions, and advance our TEUTiriti relationship. Te Pou Tuarā Lee Cooper said, “A core whāinga of TeKoeke Tiriti is ‘ngā piki, ngā heke’, the work we do to minimise our impacton the environment, to foster ahīka – the interrelationship of people andthe land, including tūrangawaewae – a place where each has the right tostand and belong.”The TEU respects the findings of the IPCC, and their expertise in the fieldof climate science. The Bill introduced by the Coalition Governmentrepresents a landmark shift in New Zealand’s sense of urgency with regardsto the crisis of climate change. But the TEU argues much more must be doneto bring Government policy in line with the IPCC findings and to minimiseour impact on the environment.For more from Iwi Chairs Forum Climate Change spokesman Mike Smith visit: more information on the the IPCC report see: