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Infrastructure consenting for climate targets

Sapere was commissioned by Te Waihanga, the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, to look at how much energy and transport infrastructure New Zealand needs to support transition to a low emissions economy. Our research modelled how long it would take to process the necessary consents under the Resource Management Act and what it might cost if New Zealand failed to develop the necessary infrastructure.

The report finds that, from 2028, consent processing times would need to be 50 percent quicker than they are projected to be under the RMA.