The Ministry for the Environment’s mission is environmental stewardship for a prosperous New Zealand. Green growth is a concept entirely consistent with this mission. It reflects the importance of growing our economy while also caring for, and enhancing, our environment.
Green growth is increasingly to the fore in international thinking on economic and environmental policy. New Zealand’s economy is especially reliant on its natural assets – and as a people, we also give high intrinsic value to all aspects of the natural environment.
Early in 2011, the Government established an independent advisory group to look at green growth topics of particular importance to New Zealand. This group consisted of eight accomplished businesspeople, and was supported by the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Economic Development and other government agencies.
The Green Growth Advisory Group was tasked with advising the Government in three areas:
The Green Growth Advisory Group has now reported back to the Government and their report, “Greening New Zealand’s Growth,” [PDF, 409 KB] was released in March 2012 [Ministry of Economic Development website].
Last updated: 28 March 2012