In 2021, the Government announced the establishment of a new ‘Climate Emergency Response Fund’ (CERF). The fund was set up with an initial $4.5 billion ‘down payment’ for Aotearoa New Zealand’s climate spending, proportional to the proceeds of the Emissions Trading Scheme.
The CERF is an enduring, multi-year fund which is designed to address the long-term nature of many of the challenges presented by climate change. The CERF is intended to provide a dedicated funding source for public investment on climate-related initiatives distinct from the main Budget allowances.
An initiative is eligible for funding from the CERF if it:
- is included in an Emissions Reduction Plan, or directly supports emissions reductions (domestically or internationally),
- is included in a National Adaptation Plan, or directly reduces vulnerability or exposure to the impacts of climate change,
- supports a te ao Māori approach to the climate response,
- addresses the distributional impacts of climate change or the climate policy response, or
- supports the development of any initiatives meeting these criteria in the future.
CERF Monitoring and Reporting
Any agency which receives CERF funding is required to provide regular monitoring and reporting updates on its CERF initiatives to Treasury for publication. Financial reporting is required on a quarterly basis and non-financial information is required annually. The information is focused on initiative level insights.
This approach is different to the Crown’s existing monitoring and reporting processes, which are focused on appropriation-level data. This shift in granularity in CERF reporting has been done to provide an additional layer of scrutiny for special purpose funding provided for climate objectives.
Results for the first, second and third quarters of the 2022/23 financial year are now available.
For each initiative these results show the actual spending for the year to date, alongside forecasts for the next three quarters. Spending is tracked against the baseline appropriation for each initiative and any material changes to that baseline are also indicated.
Table overview of results - Reporting CERF (PDF 360 KB)
This data can be accessed in an open-source format here, alongside a data dictionary. Users of the data should note that this data is still subject to audit.
The next set of results, for the three months from 1 April 2023, will be available in late-2023.