The UK Climate Change Act

an act to follow?

  • Prue Taylor


The New Zealand government recently announced an intention to make the country carbon neutral by 2050. Interest has been expressed in using the United Kingdom’s Climate Change Act 2008 as a model to achieve this goal. However, more needs to be done to critically review the UK legislation’s applicability to the New Zealand context. This article identifies some of the issues emerging from a ten-year review of the UK act. It is hoped that close consideration of these issues will inform New Zealand policy and legislative development.


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TAYLOR, Prue. The UK Climate Change Act. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 14, n. 3, aug. 2018. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 25 oct. 2020. doi: