About the Carbon Neutral Government Programme

The Carbon Neutral Government Programme (CNGP) has been set up to accelerate the reduction of emissions within the public sector. The Government will join businesses and communities already leading the way to reduce their emissions as we transition to a low-emissions economy.

The programme's aim is to make a number of organisations within the public sector carbon neutral from 2025. It was launched on December 2020.

CNGP participants should

  • measure, verify and report their emissions annually
  • set gross emissions reduction targets and longer-term reduction plans
  • introduce a plan to reduce their organisation’s emissions
  • offset remaining gross emissions from 2025 to achieve carbon neutrality.

The immediate priority will be to reduce emissions by

  • phasing out coal-fired boilers from the public sector, with a focus on removing the largest and most active by the end of 2025
  • optimising the size of agencies’ car fleets and purchasing electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids if a full electric is not appropriate, unless this is not possible due to operational requirements (for those mandated to apply the Government Procurement Rules)
  • requiring NABERSNZ, a system for rating the energy efficiency of office buildings, from January 2021 for agencies that occupy large office space (over 2,000m2) and are covered by the Property Functional Leadership mandate

The Carbon Neutral Government Programme will continue to be supported by the State Sector Decarbonisation Fund to invest in low-emissions heating, cooling, electric vehicles and energy efficient lighting.

Timeline for the programme

By December 2022:

  • all departments, departmental agencies and non-public service departments will report on their emissions and publish reduction plans, including gross emissions reduction targets, from the 21/22 financial year.

By December 2023:

  • all Crown agents are to report emissions and publish reduction plans from the 2022/23 financial year (pending consultation and establishing an All of Government direction)
  • the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Offices of Parliament, and tertiary institutions (including the New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology) are encouraged to report their emissions and publish reduction plans from the 2022/23 financial year.

Agencies managing the programme

There are three organisations responsible for managing the programme across the government:

  • the Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
  • EECA, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
  • the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

Contact us

If you have a question on the programme email: cngp@mfe.govt.nz