UPDATE: A few days after publication of the Council’s briefing, one of the independent analytical teams (EcoFys, Climate Analytics and the European Climate Foundation) re-rated New Zealand’s performance from ‘medium’ to the lowest rank of ‘inadequate’ – as the Council had suggested was appropriate in the briefing. See the NZ Herald report.

The New Zealand Government is relying on wildly inaccurate rankings of its 2020 emissions reduction target in order to answer critics at the Copenhagen negotiations. When corrected, the rankings reveal New Zealand is far from being even a mid-range performer – it is a tail dragger.

Read the report here: Overrated—NZ’s Emissions Reduction Target for 2020