Country:New Zealand
Policy status:In Force
Policy Type:Policy Support
Policy Target:Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Across Government


In January 2011 the Government established a Green Growth Advisory Group. The Group was tasked with exploring how New Zealand can build a more productive and competitive economy while achieving high-quality environmental outcomes.

In 2011, the Advisory Group produced a report called "Greening New Zealand's Growth". The report made a number of recommendations to the Government on policies and initiatives to assist the greening of the economy.   Its central conclusion was that rather than focusing on a select group of ‘green’ industries, New Zealand needs a broad growth strategy whereby all sectors take into account their environmental performance. In making this recommendation, the Group noted that “New Zealand faces two major challenges in de-coupling economic growth from GHG emissions growth. Many of the industries of particular importance to the economy have high emissions intensity." New Zealand therefore needs to:  focus on innovation and productivity gain to reduce emissions intensity in growth industries that currently have high intensity; and accelerate growth in industries of already lower emissions intensity.

The New Zealand Green Growth Research Trust - a not-for-profit organisation with an interest in the growth of New Zealand's green economy - commissioned a report by London-based Vivid Economics and the University of Auckland. The aim of the 2012 report was to identify New Zealand's best opportunities for green growth to 'improve the well-being of New Zealanders'. Two member-driven organisations devoted to promoting and supporting sustainable business practices in New Zealand are: The Sustainable Business Network and the Sustainable Business Council.

Last modified: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:22:11 CET